NUST and UNDP sign agreement

27 Sep 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) signed an agreement that will support Namibia’s efforts in realising the Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaking at the signing of the agreement in Windhoek on Friday, NUST Acting Vice-Chancellor Morné du Toit said the institution and organisation will leverage each other’s strengths to generate evidence of SDG implementation in the country.
Du Toit said one of the desired impacts of the partnership is to mobilise increased resources to support research development and innovation, as well as to expand infrastructure in the country.
He said the agreement is necessary in order to drive a new wave of world class development towards the realisation of national development imperatives within the context of global commitments, namely the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking at the same event, UNDP Resident Representative Alka Bhatia said the key outcomes expected from the agreement include evidence-based research papers, paper contributions and participation in the national processes for SDG reporting.
“The programme will also include the co-hosting of events such as conferences and contributions by NUST students to the National Human Development Report and other UNDP strategic policy and position papers,” Bhatia said.
Margrethe Kampulu, UNDP communications associate, told Nampa an accelerator lab was launched two months ago by UNDP and the German Embassy in Namibia and will facilitate programmes under the agreement.
In concluding his speech at the event, Du Toit said NUST students who will intern at UNDP as a result of the agreement will use the recently launched accelerator lab to find solutions to development challenges.
He said the collaboration will also assist students in finding ways to enhance job creation in order to reduce poverty.