Climate change fuels fires
May 2, 2017
Climate change portends bigger wildfires that are more difficult to control. As a result, wildfire management is becoming more important in order to reduce the damage to people, the economy and the environment.
Leveraging the 2016 Africa Human Development Report on “Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa
May 2, 2017
In September 2015, UN Member States adopted a landmark agreement on a universal transformative agenda. Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is an agenda for people, planet and prosperity, which also “seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom”. The new agenda is universal; it will be implemented by “all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership”. The adoption of Agenda 2030 presents both opportunities and challenges to the world and Africa specifically, particularly in ensuring that “no one is left behind” in the development process.
South Africa launches the new National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB and STIs
Apr 3, 2017
South Africa has made great strides in its AIDS response—it has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3.7 million people on antiretroviral therapy, funded almost entirely from domestic sources; AIDS-related deaths have declined by more than 55% since 2005; and around 95% of all pregnant women living with HIV in South Africa now have access to medicines to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their child.
UNDP and the Department of Trade and Industry launch the centre for trade and regional integration project
Apr 3, 2017
Trade and regional integration have been among the key priorities of African leaders and other stakeholders, including public and private sector operators, and development agencies. However, the traditional focus on market integration, aimed at reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers, has not yielded expected results. It has become clear that Africa needs to broaden its approach to regional integration.
Inception workshop for securing multiple ecosystem benefits through Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Project
Mar 24, 2017
On 2-3 March 2017, the GEF-funded “Securing multiple ecosystems benefit through Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in the productive but degraded landscapes of South Africa” project had a very successful Inception Workshop at the Burgerspark Hotel in Pretoria. In addition to the following three responsible parties for this project; Rhodes University, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), provincial and national departments from mainly Agriculture, were also actively present.
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.
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.