South Africa

South Africa has ‘obligation’ to better address domestic violence: UN women’s rights experts

Failure to address domestic violence in South Africa is a violation of women’s rights, independent UN experts said in a report published on Monday, citing low levels of prosecution and conviction as factors. 

News in Brief 30 December 2020

  • WHO urges greater COVID-19 surveillance
  • Blackwater pardons an “affront to justice” – UN experts
  • Refugee evacuations ‘crucial lifeline’
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South African President warns pandemic has set back African development

Despite the continent-wide approach taken by African countries to combat COVID-19, the pandemic has set back their development aspirations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

News in Brief 5 August 2020

  • UN force aids Lebanese following blast
  • Health agency sends COVID-19 'surge team' to South Africa
  • UN rights experts concerned over Jammu and Kashmir
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South Africa: UN health agency sends experts to help battle against COVID-19

 new “surge team” of leading UN health experts is on its way to South Africa to ramp up the COVID-19 response there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

UNHCR calls for action against xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Authorities in South Africa are being urged by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to act in the wake of recent violence against foreigners in the country, some of which has been deadly.

Mandela letters reveal ‘the power of hope’

A newly published volume of prison letters written by the former President of South Africa and global anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, reveal to the world the enduring “power of hope”, according to the South African journalist and author who edited the volume. For this edition of our UN and Africa podcast, Matt Wells talks to Sahm Venter, who was at UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.

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Mandela, ‘true symbol of human greatness’, celebrated on centenary of his birth

Paying tribute to the first democratically-elected President of South Africa and iconic civil rights leader, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy for humanity and reflected on the lessons he left behind.

South Africa records largest Listeria outbreak ever, more than 60 dead

What’s believed to be the largest outbreak ever of the deadly bacterial disease Listeriosis — or Listeria — has left more than 60 people dead across South Africa, with nearly 750 confirmed cases.

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UN-managed fund fights poverty and hunger across Global South

Three leaders in “South-South Cooperation”, together with $33 million in contributions, are helping 15 of the least developed countries in the world move ahead with achieving the 2030

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