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  • UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Mar 6, 2015

    Twenty years on, we can see both progress and challenges in the twelve areas of critical concern laid out in the Beijing Platform for Action. Gender parity in primary education has been achieved, but completion rates and the quality of education are not high across all countries. More women have been elected to public office - about 21% of the world’s parliamentarians are women, up from about 11% in 1995 - but we are still far from parity. More women than ever before are participating in the work force, but women generally earn less than men and, in rich and poor countries alike, carry a disproportionate burden of unpaid care work which deprives them of time for valuable pursuits like earning money, gaining new skills, and participating in public life. And, while more laws exist to protect women from violence, sexual and gender-based violence continue to occur on every continent and in every country, often reaching horrific levels where there is war and conflict.

  • The issues that shape the state of the nation Feb 26, 2015

    Electricity supply, education, jobs and land restitution, these are some of the subjects that have featured prominently in President Jacob Zuma's eight State of the Nation speeches. The graphic below shows the number of words he dedicated to the main topics in each speech. The word count is represented by a dot; the larger the dot, the more he said on a subject. If the president said 500 or more words, the dot is red, if less than 500 words, the dot is blue. Hover over the dots for the word count.

  • Budget Speech 2015 Feb 26, 2015

    Cape Town - Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s first full National Budget tabled on Wednesday afternoon in parliament was a tough one, in that income tax has been raised for those who earn more than R181 900 per year. The biggest shock, and where the government aims to get the most extra money from, was the hike of 30.5 cents per litre in the fuel levy and 50c/litre in the levy for the Road Accident Fund. Nene took the gap given to him by the fall in international oil prices and pushed up fuel prices. This will increase the general fuel levy to R2.55/litre for petrol and R2.40/litre for diesel (about 26% of the current fuel price). Nene kept spending relatively under control over the next three years and in line with previous figures in October’s mini budget.

  • Decision-makers from Africa, world to chart continent’s path to emergence Feb 26, 2015

    Sub-Saharan Africa grew by an average of above five percent per year over the last decade, and its human development levels have risen faster than any other region except South Asia. Still, the challenge for many countries in Africa is to make the transition from economic growth to large-scale economic diversification, boosting employment, entrepreneurship and infrastructure, and building strong social safety nets. Emulating the experience of China, Brazil, South Africa and Mauritius, many African countries have created their own strategies for economic and social emergence.

  • Third Annual African G20 Conference: “Growth and Resilience, The G20 and Africa” Jan 5, 2015

    On behalf of UNDP, I thank the South African Institute of International Affairs and the University of Pretoria for providing me this opportunity to speak to you today on this important topic of the G20 and the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Speech delivered by the UNDP Country Director at the Land Tenure Summit Sep 4, 2014

    We are well aware of the historic and exploitative land tenure practices that have plagued this continent before African countries were eventually able to gain their independence and right to self-determination in the 1950s and 60s. The United Nations is proud to have supported this decolonization process and to have made a meaningful contribution, albeit this was a role that has often gone unnoticed and at best under-recognized.

  • REPORT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY-RELATED PROJECTS IN CATALYZING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES Sep 3, 2014

    Apia, Samoa, 2 September 2014—Sustainable development is vital for Small Island Developing States to help reduce poverty, promote human development, and build resilience, says a new publication produced jointly by the UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The publication titled: Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, showcases outstanding results from a series of environment and sustainable development projects from Small Island States across the world.

  • THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -- MESSAGE ON WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY AUGUST 2014 Aug 19, 2014

    On World Humanitarian Day, we renew our commitment to life-saving relief efforts -- and we remember all those who died serving this noble cause.

  • MESSAGE ON THE 500-DAY MARK TO THE CONCLUSION OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS “500 DAYS OF ACTION TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD” Aug 18, 2014

    There are many fires raging around the world today -- political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and appalling human rights abuses.

  • IPS UNDP Study Calls On South Africa To Use TRFlexibilities For Medicines Access Nov 26, 2013

    A newly published study from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) outlines significant problems in accessing medicines in South Africa – which is said to have the highest number of people living with HIV in the world – and urges its government to use available tools under international trade law such as exceptions to patents on needed medicines.

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