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UNEP Executive Director and IUCN Director General Meet with Environmental and Sustainable Development NGOs

New York, 30 June 2015 - United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner andInternational Union for Conservation of Nature Director General Inger Andersen had the opportunity to meet with leaders of a number of environment and sustainable development NGOs to discuss and exchange views on major issues affecting the global environment and sustainability agenda.

This meeting was an opportunity for those working toward a more sustainable, environmentally friendly future to come together and discuss how best to contribute towards achieving tangible results with respect to the sustainable development agenda. This was also an occasion to hear the ideas and insights of actors who are playing and will play a crucial role as we approach key junctures on the path toward a future of environmentally sustainable development.


UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton Visits Rwanda

Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton in RwandaGoodwill Ambassador Connie Britton in Rwanda. Photo: UNDPUNDP Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton visited Rwanda in June this year as part of her official visit to Africa. Committed to raising awareness of UNDP’s work in poverty reduction and women’s empowerment, Britton witnessed firsthand the agency’s projects and their impact on African communities.

On June 20, Britton met several beneficiaries of a UNDPsupported women’s rural savings group in Gatsibo who welcomed the American actress and described how the project has improved their lives. By gaining access to credit and basic financial and investment skills, the women have been able to own property, buy cows, and gain confidence in their ability to contribute to their households.

Shaping the Recovery of Malawi, Helen Clark’s Visit

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with the President of the Republic ofUNDP Administrator Helen Clark with the President of the Republic ofLilongwe - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark wrapped up her three day mission to Malawi recently. During her mission, she spoke at the official launch of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report after which she proceeded to deliver a lecture on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Malawi Parliament.

She also met with the President of the Republic of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika where they discussed critical reforms, inclusive growth, SDGs and national planning processes. After meeting the President, Ms. Clark attended a joint UNDP and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) Inclusive Growth Dinner where Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Hon. Goodall Gondwe, DfID Chief Economist Stefan Dercon, Head of DfID in Malawi Ms. Jen Marshall, UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Mia Seppo and other stakeholders discussed the vision for Malawi’s economic transformation.

UNEP and UNECE Sign Landmark Agreement to Strengthen Partnership on Green Economy and Sustainable Development

The Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner and the Executive SecretaryThe Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner and the Executive SecretaryThe agreement will allow the two organizations to providecoherent assistance to Member States on a range of topics,from improvement of air quality, to boosting cooperationon environmental governance, to a shift to green economy.UNEP’s and UNECE’s common delivery on these issueswill support the region’s countries in overcoming thechallenges they face in terms of sustainable developmentand energy, environmental protection and climate change.

Nigerian social entrepreneur Abdou Maman wins the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize (US$ 100,000)

Laureate of the King Hassan II Great WorldLaureate of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize Abdou Maman at the 7th World Water Forum, Daegu, Republic of Korea.At the Grand Opening Ceremony of the 7th World Water Forum, in presence of a range of Heads of State and delegations coming from 160 countries, the Kingdom of Morocco and the World Water Council have awarded the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the water sector, to Mr Abdou Maman, Director Tech Innov Niger, for an integrated and innovative solution for remote operation of irrigation.

The Tech Innov Niger solution for remote irrigation is a technology process that lets farmers manage their farm People




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2