UNDP, South Africa sign new deal for development

22 Sep 2011

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of South Africa today signed a new agreement to boost pro-poor growth by expanding knowledge exchange between South Africa and developing countries in Africa and beyond.

“This agreement demonstrates South Africa’s regional and global leadership role in giving voice to those who have traditionally been left behind,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at the signing ceremony in New York. “UNDP is committed to working with South Africa on lifting millions out of poverty and pursuing a better life for all.”

South Africa and UNDP will work together on a number of priority areas, including private sector development and the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight internationally-agreed goals that aim to eradicate extreme poverty around the world by 2015. To that end, the parties will work to expand South Africa’s trade, investment and technological experience with African and other countries.

UNDP’s work in South Africa has focused on broadening the scope of participation in economic growth; greening the economy; and promoting peace and security. Other areas of collaboration include efforts to increase women’s participation in public affairs, support for land reform and the boosting employment among young people.

UNDP is also working with the South African government to prepare for the conference of the 17th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to take place in Durban later this year.

Contact Information

UNDP: Sandra Macharia, +1-212-906-5377, sandra.macharia@undp.org