Egypt Commended on Water and Sanitation

A United Nations (UN) independent human rights expert, Catarina de Albuquerque, has praised Egypt for making great strides in improving access to drinking water and says the country is well-situated to address remaining challenges related to water and sanitation.

De Albuquerque, who was wrapping up her eight-day visit to the country, said: "The level of political and financial commitment to tackle these complicated issues is to be commended".

G20 Summit – What does it mean for women in Africa?

The latest G20 summit was held on 2 April 2009 where 20 of the world’s strongest trade countries came together to discuss global matters of trade and finance. Despite the broad and essential character of these economic matters, women’s ability to contribute to the world economy barely featured in the discussions and decision-making at the summit. Only two out of the 20 leaders who attended were women.

UNDP Denies Comments on Nigeria and MDGs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has denied comments attributed to it that Nigeria is not among countries in Sub-Sahara Africa capable of attaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

The comments come after Tuyi Mebawondu, who was referred to as UNDP consultant, said that UNDP did not reckon with Nigeria as one of the Sub-Saharan African countries capable of attaining any of the MDGs in 2015.

Tackling Governance Crisis in Southern Africa

Khanya Institute for Community-Driven Development (Khanya-AICDD) hosted a discussion forum on the topic “Is there a Crisis of Governance in Southern Africa? If so, Whose Crisis and Whose Responsibility” on 29 January 2009 in Johannesburg.

The seminar, which brought together delegates from various African countries, aimed at stimulating debate on whether there is a crisis of governance in Southern Africa.

Commission to hold Public Hearings

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) hereby announces its intention to hold public hearings on “The Millennium Development Goals and the realisation of economic and social rights in South Africa” on 02–06 and 09–11 March 2009 at its Head Office located at Human Rights House, Parktown, Johannesburg. The Commission calls for written submissions covering the period from April 2006 to January 2009 from relevant national and provincial government departments within the Terms of Reference.

Dilemmas of Poverty and Development

A new study has found that current regional initiatives to address poverty will not result in the Millennium Development Goals being met by 2015. The study formed part of the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy aimed at evolving new solutions to global problems in which the Institute for Global Dialogue and the Africa Institute of South Africa explored the nexus between poverty and development in the Southern African Development Community.


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