The United Nations Country Team recently held a three day retreat in the south of Johannesburg at which they focused on two key objectives: to assess the UN’s “fitness for purpose” in the South African context and in view of current work structures, as well as to build on existing cooperation and better engage with the Government on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
External partners where invited to the retreat to provide an overview of the South Africa economic and political perspective for 2016 as well as to share their views on how best the UN can deliver in the country. The three day brainstorming centered on the common UN approach to rolling out the new sustainable development agenda (SDGs); a review South Africa’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report, as well as the progress of joint programming. Other key topics were Communication as One around the SDGs, and how these Goals can be localised so that there’s a better understanding and ownership by South Africa; as well as the future of development cooperation in South Africa.
Mr. Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Reserve Bank Governor made a presentation on Financing and Implementing the South African National Development Plan, to which the UN’s support programme is aligned.