SADC's Protocol on gender, development - a review

Harare:  "Botswana to Chair Review of SADC". "The people of Southern Africa will not judge us by the adoption of key strategic documents, but rather by the outcomes achieved, following implementation." These words, spoken by the incoming chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana at the just ended 35th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Gaborone, are notable for two reasons.

African Women's Position on the New Development Agenda

African women applaud the new "2030 Agenda" for having the promise of being truly transformative for women and girls around the world. But they are concerned about the lack of commitment by African governments to implement progressive laws, agreements and protocols.

Namibia: Third climate change communication to be submitted this year

Windhoek: Namibia will submit its Third National Communication (TNC) to the UN body aimed at addressing climate change at the end of this year. This was said by Namibia's environmental commissioner, Teofilus Nghitila, in Windhoek recently. He said the document will be submitted at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris at the end of the year.

The UNFCCC requires parties to submit national communications, detailing how they are addressing climate change at national levels.

African countries identify 12 key priorities for enhanced climate action

Addis Ababa: Twelve recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting for the African region at Addis Ababa on 7-8 May, 2015. The meeting, gathering twelve African countries, was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops convened though to June 2015 in Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and the Middle East.

The future of disaster risk reduction and resilience in Africa

Addis Ababa: Africa is confronted by a range of natural and human-induced hazards and associated risks and disasters. Poverty, climate change, livelihood insecurity, and unplanned urbanization are among the drivers of risk influencing the level of resilience of people, communities, countries, and assets and amplifying the impacts of disasters on the continent. Despite global and regional efforts to address disasters and disaster risks, the human and economic costs of disasters have been increasing.

African nations pledge greater women’s involvement in agriculture programs

Nairobi: Sub-Saharan African countries will promote greater involvement of women in agriculture to enhance food security, rural incomes and ecological sustainability.  During a forum to discuss a regional framework on gender inclusion in the agriculture sector, policymakers and gender specialists from the region said in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Monday that governments have prioritized enactment of new policies and laws to promote women’s involvement in agriculture value chains.

African leaders must show commitment to achieve targets - Ogbonna

National Coordinator of the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), Hilary Ogbonna, in this interview with Business Editor, Sylvester Enoghase, insists that to achieve the 2015 MDGs target, significant efforts will be needed to reduce large numbers of the working poor, to increase employment rates for women, youth and people with disabilities, to promote formalisation and close the gender gap,  Excerpts:

AU Summit: summary outcomes

Heads of State and Government of the 54 member states of the African Union (AU) met in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 14th to 15th June. The Assembly meeting was the last in the three meetings that form the summit of the AU, which started with a meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) from 7-8 June and moved on to the meeting of the Executive Council from 11-12 June.

The new global development agenda and Malawi

I thank the Speaker of the Malawi National Assembly, Hon. Richard Msowoya for inviting me to deliver this lecture here today.  As a former Member of Parliament, Minister, and Prime Minister in New Zealand, I know very well what a critical role parliamentarians play in shaping the development and future prospects of their countries.

Gender Equality Index for Africa: launched!

Abidjan: The African Development Bank unveiled on Monday, May 25 the first-ever Gender Equality Index for Africa, aimed at informing policies to transform economies and to propel governments to adopt an ambitious agenda for making gender equality a reality throughout the continent.


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