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!
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.
UNPAN Workshop Theme: Enhancing Regional Integration for sustainable development through UNPAN Address by UNDP Country Director on behalf of the UNDP Resident Representative
Jul 22, 2015
It is a great pleasure for me to be here today on behalf of UNDP to join you in this workshop on Enhancing Regional Integration for Sustainable Development through the UN Public Administration Network (UNPAN) which UNDP was honored to financially and technically support.
Opening Remarks by Mr. Gana Fofang at a Workshop on Measuring Deprivation in order to Promote Human Development in South Africa
Jun 23, 2015
It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to join you all in this important workshop on “measuring deprivation in order to promote human development in South Africa.” I would like to welcome all conference participants, especially our international experts, policy-makers, researchers and academics.
Statement by the UNDP Country Director in South Africa, Mr. Walid Badawi on behalf of Mr. Gana Fofang, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative
Jun 9, 2015
On behalf of UNDP, let me thank you for giving me this opportunity to make a few remarks during this important meeting and for which I am pleased and honoured to be joined here by some familiar faces of both former and current UNDP colleagues, like Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, who I had the pleasure of working with in my previous life and Ms. Tilly Sellers.
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.