AFRICA: AU and UN aim on women’s empowerment in environmental matters

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Some African women will take part in a 12-month training course on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UNDP headquarters in New York. It is an initiative of the African Union Commission in partnership with the UNDP. The training will enable the young African women to strengthen their commitment to the fight against climate change in Africa. The session will also be instrumental in the implementation of the other SDGs.

A training course on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 20 young African women begins on October 1, 2019 in Addis Ababa. It is organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The initiative is part of the design and implementation of development programmes to achieve the objectives of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063. Women willing to participate should be aged below 34, must have a master’s degree in International Relations, Economics, Political Science or Business Administration… They must master at least one African Union working language (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese), and have a good knowledge of English.

The candidate file should include an application, a detailed CV, a cover letter, an essay (1500 words) on the candidate’s innovative solution to a complex development problem, copies of university degrees and two professional references.

For one year, the selected candidates will take part in an introductory workshop that will start in Addis Ababa on October 1, 2019. They will then go to the UNDP headquarters in the United States for the second phase of the programme. The work will include the processing of information on the SDGs and the AU Agenda 2063. During the training, the implementation and testing of the SDGs will also be discussed, as well as the development of partnerships to accelerate the implementation of the UNDP programme.

The deadline for applications is August 1, 2019. Further details on the offer are available via the following link:

As a reminder, objectives 6, 7, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13 of the MDGs refer respectively to access to safe water and sanitation, the use of renewable energies, the construction of resilient infrastructure and the promotion of sustainable industrialisation, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, the fight against climate change, and the sustainable conservation and use of the oceans and seas for sustainable development.

Luchelle Feukeng


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