Press releases
  • Impact Hub and UNDP launch the 2017 edition of Accelerate2030 May 3, 2017

    Today Impact Hub and UNDP have announced the launch of the second edition of Accelerate2030, an international cross-border scaling program for impact-driven ventures.

  • 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 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.

  • Gender gap costs sub-Sahara Africa $US95 billion a year: New UNDP report Aug 28, 2016

    Nairobi, Kenya, 28 August 2016 – Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year, peaking at US$105 billion in 2014– or six percent of the region’s GDP – jeopardising the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth, according to the Africa Human Development Report 2016: Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa, published today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • MEDIA ADVISORY : Leaving no one behind: Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 for inclusive growth in Africa Jun 14, 2016

    What: Workshop on Integrating the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063 into National Development Plans and Strategies in Sub- Saharan Africa. When: Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 June, 2016 Where: The Capital West Hotel, Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa Who: Mr Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency, South Africa Dr Anthony Maruping, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union Commission H.E. Mr. Talgat Kaliyev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to South Africa Mr Gana Fofang, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, South Africa


    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.

  • UNDP calls for renewed efforts to end gender-based violence Nov 25, 2013

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for renewed efforts to end violence against women.

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