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Critical support for waste reclaimers through UNIDO-Japan Project

19 November 2020 – South Africa has more than 60 000 waste pickers who play a substantial role in the waste management industry of the country, collecting 80% to 90% of used recyclable collected on an annual basis. As one of the most vulnerable communities in the country, they were profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown. Under …


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PRESS RELEASE: UNDP, UN WOMEN AND NCRF partner to raise awareness on the role of the Bystander ahead of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

19 November 2020, Pretoria, South Africa – In the run up to the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa, in partnership with UN Women and the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) are launching a national awareness campaign. Aimed at raising awareness on issues of bystanderism, the campaign will …


PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19 Rapid Emergency Needs Assessment for the most vulnerable groups

19 November 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – New COVID-19 research from United Nations Development Programme South Africa, the South African government, and the United Nations system across seventeen different agencies, reveals COVID-19’s human and sectoral impacts – with an estimated total cost of recovery at R336 billion, or $20.3 billion. This piece of work was developed to support the …

UN-backed fund to address crisis in global sanitation and hygiene

18 November 2020 – Speaking, via a video message, at the launch of the Fund, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed described safe sanitation and hygiene as “critical to the response that we want to see, first, because it is about human dignity; second, it is a health issue.” Many of the world’s most serious diseases stem from poor sanitation and …

Remarks by Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator on Embedding Multidimensional poverty for structural recovery

13 November 2020 – Programme Director, Distinguished guests, It is a great honour for me to be invited to this Research Colloquium on Multidimensional Poverty in South Africa. I am humbled by the opportunity to be engaging with you around poverty and multidimensional poverty in particular. We are all confronting a deadly and unprecedented pandemic with social and economic effects …

COVID disruption will ‘pale in comparison’ if world fails to act on climate change, SDGs

13 November 2020 – “The decisions we make now will determine the course of the next 30 years and beyond: Emissions must fall by half by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050 to reach the 1.5C goal”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message to the virtual Finance in Common Summit. “If we fail to meet these …