South Africa

Global deforestation slowing down

The expanse of the world’s forest land is shrinking, but at a slower rate than ever before, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

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Forests vital resource for life and food security

Forests are essential to life on our planet, food security and tackling climate change.

That’s according to Jeffrey Campbell, manager of the forest and farm facility of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

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South African orphan commits to helping others

A 17-year old orphan from South Africa says he was inspired by former President Nelson Mandela to follow his dream of helping disadvantaged people in his country.

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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.

Misperceptions of African migrants fuel violence in South Africa

Thousands of African migrants in South Africa have been forced to flee their homes into makeshift camps as a result of xenophobic attacks.

Two weeks ago mobs in Durban started to ransack and loot small businesses owned by fellow Africans in Durban.

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Model UN helps South African student understand global issues

A South African high school student says that participating in Model UN activities has helped him to better understand the work of the United Nations.

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South African student sees “bigger world” through Model UN

A South African teenager hopes to be a human rights lawyer one day, thanks to her participation in Model UN activities in her school.

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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.

South Africa’s Simphiwe Dana sings at UN

Simphiwe Dana, one of South Africa’s soulful singers renowned for her impressive vocals, recently sang at UN Headquarters to observe the International Day of Non-Violence.

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