Freedom from Violence: UNA-South Africa

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.

 “UNASA welcomes the inclusion by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) of a proposed goal  to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels,” as well as the inclusion of suggested targets such as the reduction of levels of violence and death rates, an increase in participatory and representative decision-making and effective, accountable and transparent public institutions.” Excerpt from UNA-South Africa’s Submission to the PGA. 

UNA-South Africa seeks to increase knowledge and awareness for integrating peace, security, and conflict prevention within the Post-2015 Development framework on a local and international level. With the aims of developing a powerful and youth driven voice in civil society, the academic community, and expanding media coverage and the political discourse, UNA-South Africa has been creating a platform to influence the UN in its policy making process regarding the Post-2015 development framework.




Meet Holly McGurk, UNA-South-Africa's Freedom from Violence National Coordinator, who talks about why the project is importance for peace and security in South Africa




For the past year UNA-South Africa engaged and presented the Freedom from Violence project to various stakeholders in order to develop working relationships and promote peace and security goals. These included:

  • Worked with the UNIC Director, the UNDP Country Direct, and the Head of Cape Town Office of the UNHCR.
  • Held and participated in meetings, roundtable discussions, and seminars with civil society focusing on capacity building and equipping participants with the tools to advocate for the inclusion of peace, security, and conflict prevention issues in the Post-2015 Development agenda including co-hosting an event with the South African Peace Alliance called Global to local: the people’s rights to peace to create awareness for the new Sustainable Development Goals. Read About It
  • Hosted a panel and further lobbied for the inclusion of peace and security in the declaration of the Youth Policy Dialogue in Nairobi on the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Been featured on Cape Town’s Taxi Radio speaking on peace and conflict resolution in the Post-2015 Development agenda
  • Increased national political interest in the Post-2015 Development agenda by collaborating with the Deputy Director-General of Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as well as the Chief Director of the Department of Community Safety, an initiative of the Western Cape Government
  • Published in South Africa Cape Town News speaking on #PeacePost2015

  • Launched a Campaign for 16 Days of Activism to spotlight the need to eradicate Violence Against Women

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