South Africa

20 May 2020, South Africa

COVID-19 is unlikely to leave Africa unscathed

The African continent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided valuable lessons for the rest of the world in meeting this challenge.  Most African countries have moved rapidly to deepen regional coordination, deploy health workers and enforce quarantines, lockdowns and border closures.

The African continent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided valuable lessons for the rest of the world in meeting this challenge.  Most African countries have moved rapidly to deepen regional coordination, deploy health workers and enforce quarantines, lockdowns and border closures.

Jack  Christofides Deputy Head of Mission

Jack Christofides

Deputy Head of Mission

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 31 January 2020 the appointment of Jack Christofides of South Africa as the Deputy Head of Mission for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).  He succeeds Imran Riza of Pakistan, who became United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Arab Republic in September 2019, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service.
 

04 September 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at World Economic Forum Plenary on "Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution' [as prepared for delivery]

We are at the dawn of new era thanks to unprecedented technological change: Technological advances bring much promise but also much unpredictability. They add to the uncertainty of a world already unsettled by resurgent geo-political conflicts, climate change and other global challenges. 
 
They also add a new element to a scourge that each of our societies continues to battle with – violence against women and girls. Social media has become a new platform to target, threaten and silence women and an increasing contributor to violence in all forms.
 

03 December 2018, Johannesburg

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at Private Sector Breakfast on Sustainable Development Goals [as prepared for delivery]

It is a pleasure to be with you all today.
 
As part of our conversations, I was asked to reflect on the theme of business and the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
This is blueprint for achieving a better future for all; a plan to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect the planet, ensuring that no one is left behind.
 

02 December 2018, Johannesburg

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks - Call to Action at the Global Citizens Festival [as prepared for delivery]

San bo na ni –JOZI !
 
It’s great to be back in South Africa, celebrating the iconic Madiba in this stadium, where history was made! 
  
Madiba once said: “Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.” He also said that “we are the generation that can END POVERTY”!
 
We also celebrate other African giants who played a part in the Long Walk to Freedom: Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Mandela, Kofi Annan.
 

02 December 2018, Johannesburg

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the SDG Advocates Reception [as prepared for delivery]

Let me begin with my deepest thanks to all the SDG Advocates here today, especially to the co-chairs: President Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Solberg of Norway.
 
Thank you for stepping up.  Thank you for raising your inspiring voices for a sustainable future.
 
Nelson Mandela talked about the long walk.  We are on a journey together. 
 
We are in now in the fourth year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
 
The good news is SDG momentum is with us, especially in Africa.
 

02 December 2018, Johannesburg

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at Motsepe Foundation Breakfast - Sustainable Development Goal 5 Breakfast Panel Discussion - “Achieve equality by ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere” [as prepared for delivery]

In the words of the late Kofi Annan, “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”
 
Ending discrimination against women and girls, is a first, imperative step to true equality. A world where equal opportunities are provided to all, regardless of their sex or gender.
 

02 December 2018, Johannesburg

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at World AIDS Day High-level event on Adolescent Girls and Young Women with the Global Fund and the Government of South Africa [as prepared for delivery]

I congratulate and thank the Deputy President for his excellent leadership as Chair of South Africa’s National AIDS Council. With his commitment, AIDS, health and broader social development will remain high on South Africa’s political agenda, setting an example to the region and the world.
 
Today, World AIDS Day, is an opportunity to reflect on the great progress that has been made, both here in South Africa and around the world but also to intensify our efforts towards ending this for good.
 

30 November 2018, Johannesburg

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at dinner with the Presidency and Thembekile Mandela Foundation to launch the “Leading Like Mandela Leadership Development Programme” [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
Mama Graca,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,
 
It is a pleasure to join you today at the launch of Leading like Mandela initiative, providing a platform for leadership development and intergenerational dialogue on the concept of African leadership excellence. Now we must walk the talk of Madiba. 

30 November 2018, Johannesburg

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to the African Youth Development Summit [as prepared for delivery]

It is wonderful to be here today at the African Youth Development Summit to talk with you about youth leadership, the participation of young women and men in Africa’s development, and the obstacles that stand in their way.  

Globally, today’s young people are a historic phenomenon — the largest cohort of young people that our world has ever seen. 

There are 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world today, and Africa is the youngest continent, where young women and men constitute more than 60% of the total population.