Leaving no one behind – Samoa at the High Level Political Forum

11 Jul 2016 by Hannie Meesters

Samoa knows that 'leave no one behind' is more than a slogan, that it is about real people, and real countries, that cannot be hidden behind global or national averages
You can imagine the challenges these islands face: they have little money, small populations, are vulnerable to natural disasters and external shock, and are often remote and hard to reach. In general, they are often themselves in danger of ‘being left behind’. … Read more

Fit for life? Transforming the UN to keep up with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

17 Jun 2016 by Hannie Meesters

While UN reform is arguably a more complicated topic, many, including UN staff, will have a view. And good ideas, ranging from how to break down internal hierarchies and improve gender parity to streamlining operational procedures. Photo: Getty Images
While UN reform is arguably a more complicated topic, many, including UN staff, will have a view. And good ideas, ranging from how to break down internal hierarchies and improve gender parity to streamlining operational procedures. … Read more

Cyclone Roanu is a reminder: we must focus on preventing crises, even as we respond to them

23 May 2016 by Khurshid Alam

Bangladesh’s exposure to cyclones will not lessen – in fact, with climate change we may see the coast battered more often, harder, and in unpredictable ways. UNDP Bangladesh
Among the communities hit by Cyclone Roanu this weekend, we’re hearing reports that the ones supported by the government’s disaster preparedness programmes were better prepared and able to shelter people and livestock on raised land, roads and embankments constructed by the programme. … Read more

From gut bacteria to the Blue Whale, biodiversity is our strongest ally for a sustainable future

20 May 2016 by Midori Paxton

Cartoon: Reddit Media
As a species we have achieved many things – good and bad. Music, art, poetry, wine, many methods of warfare, cars, the internet, and a variety of extraordinary civilizations. But the reality is that all these achievements have happened within our home – a living planet. … Read more

#2030NOW: Not Your Usual Summit

17 May 2016 by Fadhil Bakeer Markar

The First National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development will take stage on 24 and 25 May 2016 in Sri Lanka. This is not just another summit. This is UNDP joining hands with the Government, and the people of our country, to build a happy, peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka by 2030; and it starts now. … Read more