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

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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

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

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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

UNDP: Then and Now

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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur set up in 1950 with support from the Extended Programme for Technical Assistance. Photo: UNDP India

UNDP’s early initiatives were ambitious and transformative. The aim was nothing short of sparking development of countries by increasing productive capacities across critical sectors.… Read more

Rebuilding post-earthquake Nepal with the strength of its volunteers

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To date, UNV Nepal has placed close to 100 volunteers in medium and long-term assignments requiring engineering and risk reduction expertise in the affected districts.

A year since, Nepal finds itself still rebuilding – a colossal task given the extent of the damage, and yet one that necessitates swift action so that people can start anew as soon as possible. As an advocate of volunteerism and staunch believer in what volunteers can give selflessly to meet development objectives, I am pleased that authorities in Nepal have indicated plans of mobilizing 100,000 volunteers for post-earthquake reconstruction.… Read more

How do you unlock the immense potential of youth?

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Nearly 300 million youth are underemployed in low-end or dead-end jobs. Trapped in low productivity and low paid jobs, they hover on the border of poverty. Photo: UNDP Sri Lanka

This region is home to about 670 million youth. But about 220 million of them -- of which a disproportionately large share are female -- are missing. They are neither studying nor working, and youth unemployment rates are on the rise.… Read more