In The News International

UN honours fallen peacekeepers

JOHANNESBURG, May 30 – The lives of thousands of peacekeepers who made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to bring peace to the world were commemorated during 2017’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Monday. The theme for the day was “Investing in Peace Around the World”, which offered an opportunity to pay to pay tribute […]

In The News South Africa

275,000 Somali children at risk of starvation in one of worst humanitarian crises since WWII

JOHANNESBURG, May 12 – Opening a major conference on Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to support security efforts in the country battling Al Shabaab and aid the more than six million Somalis affected by the violence and a deadly drought. “We are here to listen to Somalia’s leadership – […]

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Solidarity goes to UN, accusing government of being racist toward whites

JOHANNESBURG – Solidarity on Wednesday said it had filed a complaint with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) against South Africa over its affirmative action and black economic empowerment policies. “Solidarity contends that government is committing unfair racial discrimination, and requests the ILO to investigate the matter and to give a ruling in this regard,” said […]

Africa In The News

ICC considering investigation into human trafficking in Libya

JOHANNESBURG, May 9 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the United Nations Security Council that her office is considering launching an investigation into alleged migrant-related crimes in Libya, including human trafficking. “My Office continues to collect and analyze information relating to serious and widespread crimes allegedly committed against migrants attempting […]

Africa In The News

Somali children vaccinated against measles

JOHANNESBURG, April 26 – Almost 30,000 young Somali children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in a United Nations-backed emergency campaign in one of the country’s hardest-hit towns. “Among vaccine-preventable diseases, none is more deadly than measles,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative Steven Lauwerier […]

In The News South Africa

Parks Tau appointed to top UN body

JOHANNESBURG, April 13 (ANA) – The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has congratulated its president Parks Tau on his appointment to the United Nations (UN) high-level independent panel to oversee the effectiveness of the UN-Habitat. The UN-Habitat is a programme that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. The United Nations’ panel announcement […]

Africa In The News

UN vaccination campaign in Yemen successful despite war

JOHANNESBURG, April 11 – Despite daunting challenges, United Nations agencies and partners in war-torn Yemen have completed a major nationwide polio inoculation campaign, vaccinating nearly five million children under the age of five against the paralyzing disease. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)-UN World Health Organisation (WHO)-World Bank supported campaign was launched in February and saw […]