In a quiet village in Chief Kabamba’s chiefdom at the foot of the Muchinga escarpment in Central Zambia, a group of curious villagers rushed to catch a glimpse as a short convoy of vehicles carrying a delegation from the Government of Zambia and the UNDP entered the village.
UNDP Zambia was among the countries that attended the UNDP Crisis Response Package (CRP) training held in Istanbul Turkey from 20th to 26th May 2018. The main objective of the training was to enhance UNDP country office capacity to design, implement and monitor timely crisis and post-crisis livelihoods responses that promote a rapid return to sustainable development pathways. Critical cross-cutting issues, such as gender equality, environmental and social sustainability, private sector partnerships, and knowledge management and innovation, play a key role in the roll out of the CRP.
After a 28-day intensive training course in cobblestone paving, which was part of the broader programme to empower youths with relevant aspects of cobblestone cutting, chiseling and laying techniques as a means of employment, Georgina Chama, 45 years old, is now the founder and chairperson of Cobblestone Multipurpose Cooperative Society in Lusaka province.
Victor Chenda Mpanga, 39, knows his livelihood depends on the forest, but like many others eking out a living in Zambia’s vast woodland, he had little choice but to help destroy it. Mpanga was a full-time farmer, but poor yields due to unsustainable agricultural practices and climate change forced him into cutting down trees to produce charcoal – locally known as “malasha” - for fuel and income.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for strengthened partnerships in ensuring that girls have access to the use of ICTs as tools for achieving their individual goals, but also as opportunities to stimulate many girls to become critical thinkers and creators of the technologies which are important to address the most pressing issues faced today.
Participants at a workshop held by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resource (Department of Climate Change and Natural Resources Management) through the BIOFIN Zambia Project Team have recommended to develop an implementation plan for the National Green Finance Policy, which is being proposed for establishment together with Green Bond Guidelines which will be spearheaded by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the listing rules which will be led by the Lusaka Securities exchange (LuSE)
The protection and promotion of human rights and gender equality for people living with HIV, vulnerable populations and key populations, including young key populations, is critical to successful responses to HIV, TB and sexual and reproductive health. Zambia has signed and ratified a number of international and regional human rights treaties that commit to protecting the rights of all persons, particularly vulnerable populations; Zambia also includes the protection of human rights as a central tenet of its national Constitution. The Constitution provides all persons with the right to equality and non-discrimination, life, privacy, liberty, association and assembly, health, fair labour practices, social protection and freedom from torture or degreated treatment, amongst other things; these rights are important for people in the context of health, human rights and gender equality.

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