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Remarks on the Threats Posed by COVID-19 on the People’s Democracy as a Value Creator in General, by Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas at the Commonwealth Africa Day event

30 September 2020. – It is a great pleasure and honour to be here, today, addressing a topic that is of great value and significance both to this House and to the whole of South Africa: “The threats that COVID-19 can pose to People’s Democracy as a Value Creator.” We all know that, as a result of COVID-19, we are …


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Refugees in Cape Town hopeful for phased re-opening of economy to regain self-sufficiency

30 September 2020 – As Somali refugee leader, Abdul Hussein* sat glued to his television set, listening to President Ramaphosa announce the nationwide coronavirus lockdown on 23 March, little did he realise that its implications would be his first waking thought and the last thing on his mind before falling into an exhausted sleep, for weeks to come. “In no …


STATEMENT: Secretary-General António Guterres message – marking 1 million deaths from COVID-19

30 September 2020 – Our world has reached an agonizing milestone: the loss of one million lives from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a mind-numbing figure. Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. The pain has been multiplied by the savageness of …

PRESS RELEASE: Head of UN in South Africa tours University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute Campus

29 September 2020 – Pretoria: The head of the United Nations in South Africa and Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas, was taken on a tour yesterday of the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute and Campus by the university’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Tawana Kupe. The Future Africa Institute and Campus is “a purpose-built transdisciplinary research institute and green campus dedicated …

PRESS RELEASE: Africa could gain $89 billion annually by curbing illicit financial flows, UN says

Geneva, 29 September 2020 – Every year, an estimated $88.6 billion, equivalent to 3.7% of Africa’s GDP, leaves the continent as illicit capital flight, according to UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 launched yesterday. Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are movements of money and assets across borders which are illegal in source, transfer or use, according to the report entitled …

COVID-19: ‘Legitimate concerns’ must be heard, and fears addressed over misinformation

29 September 2020 – On the margins of the General debate of the UN General Assembly, UN News spoke to UN Under-Secretary General for Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, and from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Sylvie Briand, Director of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases. In a joint interview, they discussed how important it is for the UN to engage with …