Pretoria – The United Nations agencies in South Africa on yesterday briefed visiting students and teachers from the US-based Seeking Common Ground group on the Organization’s activities in the country.
Seeking Common Ground is a non-profit group that brings young Israeli, Palestinian and American women together to promote communication and understanding.
The agencies – International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) – gave a briefing on the programmes they are implementing for the benefit of youth in South Africa. These included income-generating programmes and awareness projects on HIV/AIDS, education, migration and the activities of the United Nations in general.
Speaking at the briefing, which was held at the UNIC Library in Pretoria, the founder and executive director of Seeking Common Ground, Melodye Feldman, said she was pleased with the students’ enthusiasm with the United Nations. This was the group’s first involvement with a big international organization since it usually interacts with local communities.
UNIC Pretoria, in collaboration with other UN agencies in South Africa, coordinated the UN briefing.