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Opening of United Nations Regional Office

10 September 2018

On Tuesday 24 July, 2018 the World Food Programme Executive Director, Mr David Beasley presided over the opening of the United Nations Regional Office in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. The Regional Office houses the World Food Program as well as six other United Nations and African union Agencies.

Photo: Ambassador Seleka, Dirco, Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas, United Nations Resident Coordinator in South Africa and Mr David Beasley, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

Further to the Official Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony a commemorative Plaque was unveiled with the following words: “The Executive Director of the World Food Programme David M. Beasley and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Her Excellency Lindiwe Sisulu inaugurated the United Nations Regional Hub for Southern Africa on 24 July 2018"

Ambassador Seleka, who participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of the Plaque on behalf of Minister Sisulu, said that the DIRCO’s vision is to position South Africa as a hub of the UN agencies, and most importantly as the Humanitarian Capital of the African Continent.The hosting of a Regional Office of this calibre greatly enhances South Africa’s efforts to achieve this goal. The Regional Office will cement South Africa as a gateway of humanitarian goods and services into the rest of the continent, and confirm the country as a responsible member of the international community and a critical location for humanitarian work that promotes the sanctity of life and the alleviation of human suffering. This approach derives its inspiration from the philosophy of Ubuntu and is consistent with the South African Government’s position of “creating a better South Africa and contributing to a better and safer Africa in a better world”.

This event, especially the high-level attendance of the Executive Director is indicative of the close relations which the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the World Food Program enjoy and is a testament to the importance South Africa places on multilateralism as a tool for bettering the world and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

by Ambassador NKM Seleka, Director of Humanitarian Affairs at SA Department of International Relations and Cooperation



November/December 2018








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