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  • UNPAN Workshop Theme: Positioning SADC UNPAN by Aligning SDGs and AU Agenda 2063 with Innovation as an Anchor Jun 8, 2016

    UNDP’s interest in supporting this event is to promote South-South learning on innovative public administration practices. South-South cooperation is one of our priorities as expressed the Country Programme Document (CPD) for South Africa. In all our programme priorities, which include governance and public service delivery, inclusive growth, energy and environment, South-South Cooperation is an important component.

  • Energy efficiency labelling campaign launched at the utility week conference May 17, 2016

    With South Africa’s on-going electricity crisis and in a bid to reduce the daily energy consumption per household, the Department of Energy (DoE) officially launched the Energy efficiency labelling campaign at the 16th Africa Utility Week Conference held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This initiative is part of the USD$13 million project to promote energy efficiency in South Africa, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and implemented in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

  • Malawi Parliamentary women caucus members visit South Africa May 16, 2016

    Members of Parliament (MPs) from Malawi and South Africa recently met to exchange experiences on good practices in gender transformation. The interaction took place during a four-day visit by the Malawian Parliamentary delegation to South Africa which was hosted by UNWOMEN.

  • Malawi Parliamentary women caucus members visit South Africa May 10, 2016

    Members of Parliament (MPs) from Malawi and South Africa recently met to exchange experiences on good practices in gender transformation. The interaction took place during a four-day visit by the Malawian Parliamentary delegation to South Africa which was hosted by UNWOMEN.

  • Speech deliveerd by the UNDP Country Director, Mr. Walid Badawi at the Fifth OR Tambo Debate Series Themed; Building a Capable State Mar 29, 2016

    As you may be aware, the OR Tambo Debate Series on the implementation of the NDP was launched in July 2014 and since then the debates have grown to be a resounding success attracting a diverse set of views and opinions that are no doubt shaping the policy discourse on the different issues debated in the series. As these debates and their associated Round tables evolve, the partners aim to find ways to reach a wider audience all around the country through social media and other means available to ensure that we are truly listening to the voices of the people to whom these policy debates are targeted and in line with the vision 2030 and the SDGs which aim to leave no one behind.

  • Speech by Mr Gana Fofang, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative At the launch of the Human Development Report for 2015: Work for Human Development Feb 3, 2016

    Excellencies, Distinguished Panellists, Members of the Media, Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am pleased to welcome you all to the launch in South Africa, of the 2015 Human Development Report, the latest in the series of global Human Development Reports published by UNDP since 1990. I am also pleased to inform you that shortly after discussions around the Human Development Report, we will also be launching the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report produced by one of our sister Agencies, (UNDESA). Let me also note from the onset that this year marks 50 years of the existence of the United Nations Development Programme. During this time, UNDP has played a transformational role in improving peoples’ lives in the nearly 170 countries where it works.

  • Statement by UNDP Resident Reoresentative a.i. MR. Walid Badawi at the Switch Africa Green Meeting Launch Ceremony Dec 15, 2015

    The specific purpose of today’s meeting is to officially recognise the grantees for their successful nomination as SWITCH Africa Green’s beneficiaries for the implementation of green economy programmes in South Africa. On behalf of UNDP congratulations to all the beneficiaries!

  • UNDP South Africa participates in the Africa Regional Health, Gender and Capital Projects Initiative. Dec 8, 2015

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa is among 19 countries in Africa that are participating in the Health, Gender and Capital Projects initiative started by Regional Service Centre and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

  • Joint Statement of the UNDP Administrator and the Executive Coordinator of UNV on the occasion of the 2015 International Volunteers Day Delivered by Mr. Walid Badawi, Country Director, UNDP South Africa. Dec 5, 2015

    Every year on International Volunteer Day (IVD), we recognize the invaluable contributions of volunteers to peace and development. This year’s International Volunteer Day (IVD) theme, "The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!" This year’s celebration which is coming just two months after the launch of the new, universal development agenda, is challenging each and every one of us to be part of implementing the Global Goals.

  • Speech by the UNDP Country Director, Mr. Walid Badawi at the Regional Foresight Xchange for Development in Africa Nov 30, 2015

    Today’s development challenges are complex and interconnected. We live in a world of volatility, uncertainty, and unpredictability. This calls for innovation in the way we collaborate across organizational boundaries, so that we ensure we bring our collective strengths to the task of sustainable development. And it calls for innovative approaches to development which employ the whole range of new technologies and media to improve service delivery and engage citizens. Innovation is not an end in itself. It is about using the most up-to-date concepts and means available to get the best development results. It is for these reasons that in recent years UNDP has been stepping up its commitment and investments to incentivize innovation across all levels of the organization, with innovation now firmly anchored in our Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

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