YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2017 — Introductory Remarks by Abdoulaye Mar DIEYE Regional Director, UNDP Africa

Kigali, 21 July   Meet the Leaders—Expanding Opportunities for Youth Abdoulaye Mar DIEYE Regional Director, UNDP Africa Your Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Honourable Ministers of Government from Rwanda and the continent, Under-Secretary-General Kituyi, Jack Ma, Excellencies, Dear...

YouthConnekt Africa 2017 Keynote Address by Abdoulaye Mar DIEYE Regional Director, UNDP Africa

YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2017 How do we get to 50 million jobs by 2020! Keynote Address by Abdoulaye Mar DIEYE Regional Director, UNDP Africa Honourable Minister for Youth and ICT, Excellencies, Dear Youth Delegates and Ambassadors of the future, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mwara-mutse Mwese! I am thrilled to be in...

Reporting progress on the 2030 Agenda: Navigating through the maze of the 17 goals [BLOG]

As countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they face competing demands. There is the desire to embrace the entire framework as a whole on one hand, and the need to be practical and focused to achieve each goal, on the other. As UNDP supports SDG reporting at the country level as well as in the global arena, part of our role is to help countries tackle this and other challenges along the way.

UNDP and Sauti Sol team up for the Global Goals in Africa.
UNDP and Sauti Sol team up for the Global Goals in Africa. Video spot asks: What do you want to see By2030?

In the video spot the four Sauti Sol band members Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno explain that African governments signed up to achieve the 17 Goals by 2030, and what the band members themselves would like to see happen by 2030.

Fifteen African eco-inclusive enterprises receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards
Fifteen African eco-inclusive enterprises receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards

These 15 winning enterprises were selected by an independent Jury of International Experts out of more than 300 applications. The innovative enterprises are active in the sectors of agriculture, waste management, energy, manufacturing, biodiversity conservation and tourism.

Mauritius Marshall Plan aims to eradicate poverty and exclusion
Mauritius Marshall Plan aims to eradicate poverty and exclusion

This is a result of the Social Integration and Empowerment Bill, enacted as part of the country’s Marshall Plan Against Poverty, an ambitious reform plan specifically designed to address persistent pockets of poverty and social exclusion in the high-income country.

Revamped APRM is now tracking African Union Governance commitments. Should it still be voluntary?
Revamped APRM is now tracking African Union Governance commitments. Should it still be voluntary?

The APRM was set up in 2003 by African Union Member States as a voluntary tool to assess political, economic and corporate governance, and socio-economic development in countries, and ensure policy conformity. 36 of the AU’s 55 members have acceded to the APRM, and 21 have been peer-reviewed at the Head of State and Government level.

Towards better statistics to measure Africa’s governance, peace and security
Towards better statistics to measure Africa’s governance, peace and security

African Union (AU) member states are now ready to employ electronic data capture on governance, peace and security (GPS) surveys, enabling them to produce harmonized and quality data on these issues in a timely and efficient manner, and inform policy responses.

Setting sail to achieve SDG 14 – Life below Water – in Africa
Setting sail to achieve SDG 14 – Life below Water – in Africa

For Africa’s coastal and island states, proximity to the sea offers vast opportunities. Blue economy sectors such as fisheries, maritime transport, renewable energy, and tourism can boost employment, food security and trade, leading to economic growth. However, these sectors will only be sustainable if accompanied by efforts to restore and sustain ocean health.

Can the SDG target to industrialise be achieved in resource-rich Africa countries?
Can the SDG target to industrialise be achieved in resource-rich Africa countries?

The articulation of industrialisation strategies at the continental and national levels is a worthwhile exercise. That is why UNDP’s Africa Regional Programme supports countries to integrate and implement the principles set out in the AMV into their national plans and strategies.

Land degradation and Migration: will restoring degraded lands keep people at home?
Land degradation and Migration: will restoring degraded lands keep people at home?

‘Would forced migration end, if people knew that they could thrive and survive in their homeland’? The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) asks this pertinent question as we observe World Day to Combat Desertification, on 17 June, focused on examining the important link between land degradation and migration.

The first Africa Data Revolution Report focuses on mapping the data ecosystem in Africa

This first edition of the biennial Africa Data Revolution Report aims to address issues on the process of transforming data ecosystems, from the status quo to an aspirational state where data from both conventional and new sources are being harnessed to better inform decision-making and enable sustainable development with contributions from diverse data communities.

Thirteen years of conflicts and serious human rights violations documented in the Central African Republic

The report documents horrific cases of sexual violence, extrajudicial killings, looting, large-scale destruction of homes and property (a scorched earth policy), kidnappings, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers.

Gender gap costs sub-Saharan Africa US$95 billion a year: New UNDP report
Gender gap costs sub-Saharan Africa US$95 billion a year: New UNDP report

The report analyses the political, economic and social drivers that hamper African women’s advancement and proposes policies and concrete actions to close the gender gap. These include addressing the contradiction between legal provisions and practice in gender laws; breaking down harmful social norms and transforming discriminatory institutional settings; and securing women’s economic, social and political participation.