UN Secretary-General’s message on Africa Industrialization Day
Nov 20, 2013
Although Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies – with growth across a variety of sectors – too many people are still being left behind. The region is affected by widespread unemployment – particularly among youth. Many, especially women, are engaged in vulnerable forms of work with low and unstable pay.
Opening speech by UN Botswana Resident Coordinator, Anders Pedersen at the 5th special session of the African ministerial conference on the environment (AMCEN) in Gaborone
Oct 17, 2013
Let me start by thanking and congratulating Botswana for once again hosting a critically important meeting on sustainable development, environment and climate change. It takes place at a time when the world is working on the most critical issues that define and shape the course of development over the coming decades.
The UN message on the Gaborone declaration for sustainability in Africa
Oct 8, 2013
This gathering is a follow-up to last year’s Summit that recognized the value of Africa’s natural capital to sustainable economic growth, maintenance and improvement of social capital and human well-being. The resultant Declaration, the Gaborone Declaration, demonstrates the commitment by the signatory countries to put the value of natural capital at the centre of decision-making, planning, reporting and business practice.
Education, Health Care, Honest and Responsive Government, and Jobs Top Priorities for People Worldwide, UN Report
Sep 10, 2013
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented today a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)."
Botswana gears up for climate change; embarks on preparing a Policy, Response Strategy and Action Plan
Aug 28, 2013
Botswana is taking necessary steps that will ensure that effects of climate change do not adversely impact on its development programmes.
AIDS-related deaths have fallen by nearly 40% since 2005 in Eastern and Southern Africa
Jul 30, 2013
Several countries, including Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe saw a reduction at least 50% in the number of AIDS-related deaths since 2005. The report outlines that TB/HIV related deaths also decreased––by about 30% from the peak in the mid 2000’s.
Opening address at the 2013 Botswana annual judiciary conference by Anders Pedersen, United Nations Resident Coordinator
Jul 25, 2013
It is that time of the year when minds in the justice sector meet to reflect on the way forward in the delivery of justice in Botswana. As a lawyer myself, I am delighted to be a part of these deliberations. Allow me at the onset to express my deep appreciation for having, once again, been invited to this Conference. I feel greatly honoured.
“Africa making great strides toward many MDG targets yet serious challenges remain.” New report says
May 27, 2013
Released today, The MDG Report 2013: Assessing progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals concludes that while Africa is the world’s second fastest growing region, its rate of poverty reduction is insufficient to reach the target of halving extreme poverty by 2015.
Creating business and market opportunities for Africa’s poor is key to advancing sustainable development in the region.” UNDP Report
May 24, 2013
Involving low-income communities in markets and businesses across Africa is essential for economic growth to translate into sustainable development, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released today alongside the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity / African Union.
WOMEN RISING: Political Leadership in Africa Documentary Launched by FEMNET and UNDP
May 21, 2013
In Africa, as in the rest of the world, women are largely underrepresented in the political arena. However 2011 and 2012 saw an unprecedented number of female presidential candidates vying for office. 2012 also ushered in the second female Head of State as well as a female Chairperson of the African Union Commission for the very first time.