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  • 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.

  • Consultation on the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the national Leave No One Behind dialogue Nov 16, 2016

    On behalf of UNDP South Africa, I would like to thank Amnesty International, CSVR and African Monitor for inviting me to be with you this morning. I am honoured to have been requested to speak to you in this consultative workshop that seeks to take stock of the domestication of SDGs and to plot a way forward on how to ensure that civil society as well as all marginalised and excluded voices are part of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

  • UNDP South Africa launches the Africa Human Development Report - Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa Oct 27, 2016

    UNDP South Africa in partnership with UN Women and the Commission on Gender Equality launched the second Africa Human Development Report published by UNDP entitled: Africa Human Development Report 2016, Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa. The report was launched on Thursday 27 October 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel, in Pretoria. The aim of the launch was to stimulate policy debate and discussions on what further steps are needed to ensure that gender equality is more fully integrated into national agendas and on-going policy dialogues across South Africa. Participants included policymakers development practitioners, development organizations, representatives from the private sector, civil society, academia, and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Volunteerism for peace and development Sep 21, 2016

    The 21st September each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The General Assembly declared and devoted this day to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

  • Speech made by Dr. Nelly Mwaka on behalf of the Resident Representative at the KZN Legislature SDGs Workshop Sep 20, 2016

    In September 2000, the world’s leaders met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to set out a new global vision to strengthen efforts for peace, human rights, democracy, strong governance, environmental sustainability and poverty eradication. South Africa, together with 188 other UN member countries, adopted the resulting Millennium Declaration, which committed members to ambitious targets with clearly defined timelines. The roadmap for achieving the Declaration’s commitments resulted in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).