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The UN Should Stick to What it Does Well: Development

Macharia Kamau | Posted 12.12.2016 | Politics
Macharia Kamau

After eight years as Ambassador to the UN, I see little genuine appetite for reform of the Security Council.

Volunteerism: a beacon of hope in troubling times?

Richard Dictus | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
Richard Dictus

People who lose sleep over the future of our planet, the lives of more than 60 million refugees and the fate of future generations - these are the peo...

The Win, Win, Win of Solar Energy for the Health Sector

Hakan Bjorkman | Posted 11.12.2016 | Green
Hakan Bjorkman

Solar power offers a compelling trifecta for the world's health sector: it improves health services when electricity is otherwise unreliable; it helps...

The Deal Is Done. It's Time To Act on Climate Change

Helen Clark | Posted 11.08.2016 | World
Helen Clark

As countries meet this week at COP22 in Marrakech for the next round of climate negotiations, there must be impetus for climate action. Now is the time to move forward on the NDCs, and reap the early benefits for inclusive growth, innovation, and sustainability.

Health and well-being for the world's poor: making the case for tobacco taxation

Mandeep Dhaliwal | Posted 11.08.2016 | Green
Mandeep Dhaliwal

The blog is co-authored by Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director at UNDP's HIV, Health and Development Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support and Roy Smal...

Cooking for Sustainable Development

The Roca Brothers | Posted 10.19.2016 | World
The Roca Brothers

Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, twice named best restaurant in the world, and now UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nation...

World Leaders Have An Historic Opportunity To Support Migrants And Refugees

Helen Clark | Posted 09.19.2016 | World
Helen Clark

This week, world leaders have an historic opportunity to address this issue and come together in a spirit of shared responsibility for the world's refugees and migrants.

Can The World's Top Diplomat Ever Be A Woman?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Led by Columbia, many UN members want a woman as secretary-general of the world body. But if a recent straw poll is any guide, the choice will be another man.

Two Afghan Women Reclaim Their Lives After Beating a Severe Type of Tuberculosis

Jalaluddin Kasaat | Posted 07.26.2016 | World
Jalaluddin Kasaat

Madina, in a blue burqa, is a recovering multi-drug-resistant TB patient from Logar province in Afghanistan. Her nephew Khairullah helps her double-ch...

Time for Tough Action to Stop Sexual Exploitation by UN Peacekeepers

Lieutenant-General (rtd) Daniel Opande | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Lieutenant-General (rtd) Daniel Opande

It is time to raise the scales of preventive and punitive measures for sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers. An unequivocal message needs to be sent to every member state and troop contributing countries that only personnel who see the protection of human rights as their mission will continue to serve as UN peacekeepers.

The Panama Papers And The Call For Institutional Transparency and Integrity

Patrick Keuleers | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact
Patrick Keuleers

The links between corruption and some of the major challenges the world is facing, in particular the rising inequalities and the threat of terrorism and violent extremism are becoming more obvious

Trust and Accountability: Why Transparency Is at the Core of Our Mission

Helen Clark | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Helen Clark

We have placed transparency at the very core of our mission. We believe it is vital to build and maintain trust with all our partners and with the citizens we serve in developing countries. Those who channel funding through us have a right to know how it is used, and so do citizens.

Woman Fulfills Genius Business Idea To Help Family Amid Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact

In a community struggling due to a major influx of refugees, one woman came up with an innovative idea to get by: repairing damaged diapers. Amira Ri...

50 Years of Empowering Lives and Building Resilient Nations

Helen Clark | Posted 02.23.2017 | World
Helen Clark

Fifty years ago, one in every three people around the world was living in poverty. It was against that backdrop that the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, was founded in 1966.

Part II: Reflections on COP 21- Inspired for 2016 by Business and Finance

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 01.09.2017 | World
Catherine Cunningham

A Deeper Reflection on Why The World Reached an International Agreement at this COP 21 The year 2016 marks a new era of global cooperation on clim...

Work Helps People Escape Poverty

Helen Clark | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
Helen Clark

Work provides the means to tackle poverty, empower minorities by being inclusive, and protect our environment -- if jobs are green in a green economy. The challenge is to design policy responses to the changing world of work which will ensure that human development benefits from that change.

The Tyranny of Violence Against Women and Girls: 16 Days of Activism

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.09.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

It is time for every man to start doing something to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in their homes and communities.

Meet the Real Climate Warriors Going to Paris

Louis Belanger | Posted 10.29.2016 | Green
Louis Belanger

As world leaders, diplomats, climate activists and journalists are set to meet in Paris at the end of November for a crucial conference to tackle climate change, a group of leading indigenous peoples groups are also making their way to the French capital.

Sustainable Development Needs Public Participation

Helen Clark | Posted 10.29.2016 | Impact
Helen Clark

The transformation of our world is a tall order. The good news is that our generation has more wealth, more knowledge, and more technologies at our disposal than ever before. We have what it takes to achieve sustainable development for all.

Global Dignity Day 2015: My Stroll with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.26.2016 | World
Ebenezar Wikina

Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, is the heir apparent to the Throne of Norway. In 2003 he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals,

Glitz at the UN, But Less Than $0.01 Per Cup for SDGs

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 10.01.2016 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Sara loves coffee. She is Italian. Sara wants to change the world! Photo Credit: @CAFEFORCHANGE by Diego Mazzarese The Heads of State, Presidents,...

#UN70: My Stroll with Noella Richard, UNDP Youth Policy Specialist

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.02.2016 | World
Ebenezar Wikina

Noëlla Richard leads UNDP's global work on Youth in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York, in charge of the coordination of UNDP's work on Youth, and the co-chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development for 2015-2016.

Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter

Helen Clark | Posted 09.24.2016 | Politics
Helen Clark

If the global community collectively is prepared to step up to the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, then there's a chance of achieving sustainable development -- and with it better prospects for people and our planet.

Why Iran Matters to South Korea -- and Why South Korea's Middle East Posture Should Matter to the United States

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

n 2009, North Korea declared that it had developed a nuclear weapon. As the country most gravely threatened is the democratic Republic of Korea to Pyongyang's south, I sat down this week with Oh Joon, the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and asked for his perspective on Lausanne.

New Law Spurs Action, Bringing Protection to Many

UN Women | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
UN Women

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors.