New project preparation on access and benefit sharing
Mar 24, 2017
UNDP and Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) came together over two days to prepare a full-size grant proposal for “Development of Value Chains for Products derived from Genetic Resources in Compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing and the National Biodiversity Economy Strategy”.
Learning exchange on the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
Mar 23, 2017
The UNDP South Africa Country Office held a GEF Partners Learning Exchange on 23-24 January 2017 at Environment House, Department of Environmental Affairs. The purpose was to provide a space where project partners could share their project experiences, and their overall programming results and approaches.
UNDP joins forces with IBM on tech skills development for Africa’s young workforce
Feb 13, 2017
IBM is investing $70 million in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital - Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa.
Call for nominations: Equator Prize 2017 launches global search for nature-based solutions for local development
Feb 9, 2017
The Equator Initiative today announced its global call for nominations for this year’s Equator Prize, an international award that recognizes exceptional local solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Nominations are open through 8 March 2017.
IBM Launches “Digital - Nation Africa”: Invests $70 Million to Bring Digital Skills to Africa with Free, Watson-Powered Skills Platform for 25 million people
Feb 8, 2017
IBM today announced the $70 million dollar (approximately ZAR 945 million) investment in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital - Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa.
Call for Applications for the 2017 SAG-SEED Awards - Eco-inclusive Start-up Enterprises can Submit Their Candidacy by 08 March 2017
Jan 10, 2017
Eco-inclusive start-up enterprises that are solving pressing local issues by integrating social and environmental benefits into their business models can apply for the 2017 SEED Awards, which opened for nominations today.
Lack of management of invasive plants compounded the fires in Somerset West
Jan 5, 2017
“Landowners who have not managed invasive alien plants on their properties must be held accountable for that impact on the fires that have ravaged areas around Somerset West.” That is the view of Dr Guy Preston, Deputy Director-General in the Department of Environmental Affairs, responsible for the Working on Fire and Working for Water programmes."
UNDP South Africa & SDGs showcased at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) during the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) in Mexico
Dec 12, 2016
This catered event featured six new publications and several short videos from the Government of South Africa. Each of these illustrated the contributions of biodiversity to the Sustainable Development Goals. The event included a short, 5-minute introduction to each publication or video, a summary of key take away points, and a pitch for why it is important to the audience. Speakers made themselves available to meet participants, and to answer questions in a one-on-one format.
South Africa celebrates International Volunteer Day
Dec 5, 2016
United Nations Volunteers in partnership with a local volunteer organization, Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT) joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Volunteer Day (IVD) in an event that was held in Alexandra Township – Johannesburg.
UNDP participates in the South African Institute of International Affairs 2016 (SAIIA 2016) Young Researchers Symposium on Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Dec 5, 2016
An extraordinary group of high-school learners from across the country presented their research findings and recommendations on topics such as water scarcity, food security and natural disaster preparedness. These presentations drew connections between local problems, South African policies and international plans such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP was part of the adjudicators during the event and awards were given to the best delegations and the best presenters from the schools.