Statements

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Midwife

Celebrating midwives, unsung heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis: Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2020: As the world battles COVID-19, women continue to get pregnant and babies are still being born. Childbirth doesn’t stop for pandemics, and neither do midwives. They are working tirelessly on …


Statements

United Nations in South Africa concerned about reports of forced sterilization in public hospitals

26 February 2020: The United Nations in South Africa notes with concern the findings of the investigation by the Commission for Gender Equality on forced and coerced sterilization in public hospitals in the Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal provinces. The report details the horrific discrimination, mistreatment and human rights violations suffered by at least 48 women, based on their HIV status, …


STATEMENT – Condolence message for late Dr. Edna Edith Bomo Molewa

UNIC/STATEMENT/2018/09/23: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing away of South Africa’s Minister of Environment Dr. Edna Edith Bomo Molewa. On behalf of the UN family in South Africa, I send my deepest condolences to Dr. Molewa’s family, the Government of South Africa and the people who had the privilege to work with her.   This is …

Joint Statement by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) on Sierra Leone

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), and the European Union (EU) are following closely and with much interest the progress towards Sierra Leone’s presidential, parliamentary and local council elections scheduled to take place on 7 March 2018. 

FAO NEWS RELEASE: Poor rains, fall armyworm leaves Southern Africa vulnerable

 Early action crucial to avert crisis 09 February 2018, Johannesburg/Harare – Prolonged dry spells, erratic rainfall, high temperatures and the presence of the voracious fall armyworm have significantly dampened Southern Africa’s current agricultural season’s cereal production prospects. Early action in the form of consolidating information through assessments and anticipatory measures that reduce the impact of threats are crucial for an …