Thirty years ago, the Declaration on the Right to Development broke new ground in the universal struggle for greater human dignity, freedom, equality and justice. It called for every member of society to be empowered to participate fully and freely in vital decisions. It demanded equal opportunities, and the equitable distribution of economic resources – including for people traditionally marginalized, disempowered and excluded from development, such as women, minorities, indigenous peoples, migrants, older persons, persons with disabilities and the poor; and for countries at all levels of development, including those most lagging behind. It demanded better governance of the international economic framework. And it re-defined development as far deeper, broader and more complex than the narrow, growth-and-profit focus of previous decades. Continue reading
Conflict and persecution caused global forced displacement to escalate sharply in 2015 reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering, according to a report released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, which tracks forced displacement worldwide based on data from governments, partners including the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, and the organization’s own reporting, said 65.3 million people were displaced as of the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just twelve months earlier. This is the first time that the threshold of 60 million has been crossed. Continue reading
The Government of South Africa- United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework (UNSCF 2013-2017) is the overall framework for the work of the UN system in South Africa. The UNSCF was developed in 2012 through a participatory and consultative process, coordinated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the UN Country Team (UNCT) – which comprises of seventeen United Nations agencies, funds and programmes accredited to South Africa Continue reading
The goals within a goal: Health targets for SDG 3
3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 live births.
3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1000 live births. Continue reading
GENEVA, 13 May 2016—The Government of South Africa has announced a major policy shift that will move the world faster towards the global 90–90–90 treatment target. On 10 May 2016, the South African Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced in his Health Budget Vote Speech to the Parliament of South Africa that the country will implement a new evidence-based policy of offering HIV treatment to all people living with HIV by September 2016. This ground-breaking announcement brings South Africa, which already has the world’s largest HIV treatment programme, in line with the latest World Health Organization guidelines on HIV treatment. South Africa is among the first countries in Africa to formally adopt this policy. Continue reading
The UNEP report “Trade in Certified Organic Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities for South Africa” will be launched on 26 April 2016 in Pretoria / South Africa, from 10:00 – 12:00 local time. The study was produced under the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP), and assessed trade opportunities arising from a shift to organic farming in the national agricultural and agro-processing sector. It included an assessment of challenges and opportunities of sustainability standards and certification as a means to access international markets in the agricultural sector, and an evaluation of related costs and benefits. The analysis shows that considerable export opportunities arise from organic production, especially to European markets, where supply is lagging the rapidly increasing demand. The study provides respective recommendations for national policy makers and producers, and explores enabling conditions for a shift to organic farming. Continue reading
The objective of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP) is to identify, assess and inform trade opportunities that arise from a green economy transition, and tackle related risks and challenges. In South Africa, UNEP partnered with the Trade Law Centre NPC (tralac) to assess trade opportunities arising from a shift to organic farming in the national agricultural and agro-processing sector. The country study includes an assessment of challenges and opportunities of sustainability standards and certification as a means to access international markets in the agricultural sector, and an evaluation of related costs and benefits. The project builds on findings from UNEP`s South Africa Green Economy Modelling Report (2011) and links with relevant organic initiatives on national and regional level. Continue reading