Lusaka, 13th December 2019 – UNDP Zambia Country Office has launched the Global UNDP 2019 Human Development Report titled “Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st century.” According to the UNDP Resident Representative Lionel Laurens, Zambia has made commendable progress over the past decades from 1990 (date of the first Human Development Report) to 2018. He said during the launch that, “Zambia’s life expectancy at birth increased by more than 14 years (63,5/49,2), while the average years of schooling increased by nearly 5 years with an HDI value for 2018 being 0.591—which put the country in the medium human development category—positioning it at 143 out of 189 countries and territories”. This year’s report is the first in a new generation of HDRs for UNDP, pushing the boundaries as part of #NextGenUNDP to accelerate thought leadership, drive conversation on the future of development, and in doing so, advance progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). which pioneers a more precise way to measure countries’ socioeconomic progress, says that just as the gap in basic living standards is narrowing, with an unprecedented number of people escaping poverty, hunger and disease, the necessities to thrive have evolved. New inequalities are becoming more pronounced, particularly around tertiary education, and the seismic effects of technology and the climate crisis.
UNDP Zambia Newsletter , Issue No. 2 , 2019
The new Resident Representative (RR) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Zambia, Mr. Lionel Laurens, who has assumed his role, reiterated UNDP’s commitment to remain a trusted development partner of the Government of the Republic of Zambia to support the achievement of sustainable development goals and prosperity for all by 2030 during the presentation of his credentials to the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji (MP) on 10th October 2019.
The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Government of Zambia through the Ministry of Justice today signed the “Promotion of Human Rights and Access to Justice Project.” The project aims to contribute towards the progressive realisation of human rights and improved access to justice for all in Zambia.
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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