South Africa

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.

In phone call with South African President, Ban expresses hope country will 'reconsider' decision on ICC withdrawal

In a telephone conversation with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regretted the country's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court and expressed hope that it would reconsider the decision before the withdrawal takes effect.

Ban condemns deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of at least seven people in the past few weeks.

Spate of deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa draws UN concern

The United Nations refugee agency has today welcomed efforts by South Africa’s Government to contain a recent wave of xenophobic violence that has accounted for the deaths of six people in the past three weeks in South Africa.

South Africa poised to be key player in humanitarian assistance, says UN relief chief

Learning from the experiences of the Eastern and South Africa region will be vital in global efforts to reform humanitarian action, a top United Nations humanitarian official said today in Pretoria, South Africa, at the opening of the regional consultation for Eastern and Southern Africa of the World Humanitarian Summit.

Safety conditions at South African mines have room for improvement, says UN expert

Although the Government of South Africa has taken important steps to address working conditions in the country’s mines, there is still significant room for improvement, a United Nations expert said today, following one of the worst incidents of strike-related violence in the country since the end of apartheid.

Ban calls for South African political party to continue fight against discrimination

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commemorated the centenary of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), hailing its successes as a key liberation movement in the country but also calling for its continued determination to defend the principles of freedom, justice and non-discrimination.

UN honours Nelson Mandela with International Day on 18 July

The United Nations has declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

Mandela embodies UN's highest values, Ban says

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the 91st birthday of Nelson Mandela today, calling the founding president of post-apartheid South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize laureate an “exemplary global citizen.”