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Looking to 2030 from the path of the Millennium Development Goals

If current trends continue, the region as a whole is on track to achieve many MDG goals. Photo: Carolina Trutmann/UNDP Guatemala

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on working with the Millennium Development Goals.

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly adopted its future development agenda through the year 2030. “Ours can be the first generation to end poverty,” the UN Secretary-General has declared.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, will we in fact be the first generation that eliminates extreme poverty while simultaneously reducing the inequalities that have historically thwarted development here in this region?... Read more

How can mining contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals?

A worker at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With meaningful engagement, mining companies could become partners in achieving the SDGs. UNDP Photo

The heads of 193 UN member states have now signed on to a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be the shared global development framework for the coming generation. Mining companies have the potential to become leading partners in achieving the SDGs.

Through their direct operations, mining companies can generate profits, employment, and economic growth in low-income countries. And through partnerships with government and civil society, they can ensure that benefits of mining extend beyond the life of the mine itself, so that the mining industry has a positive impact on the natural environment, climate change, and social capital.... Read more

Collecting stories from chaos

A Sensemaker survey taker collect data in Sana'a.

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on innovation in development practice.

The war here in Yemen has caused over 4,000 civilians deaths and 1.4 million Yemenis to be internally displaced since March. To examine the impact of this war, UNDP Yemen turned to citizens to hear their daily hardships and identify opportunities to restore livelihoods.

But the survey we’re conducting is very different from traditional assessments and our respondents are interested and curious.... Read more

At Social Good Summit, everyone has a seat at the table

Celebrities, activists and development leaders opened the 2015 Social Good Summit by introducing the 17 Global Goals. UNDP photo

Victoria Beckham was there, as was the Queen of Jordan. But the most applause that day came for a 14-year-old boy from Texas who built a clock. His name is Ahmed Mohamed, and he was a big hit at this year’s Social Good Summit in New York.

The annual gathering, held in over 100 countries this year as the UN General Assembly convened, unites people from all over the world around a common purpose: using social media, innovation, and technology to help solve the world’s greatest challenges.... Read more

Overcoming bottlenecks helps speed up MDG progress

In Nepal, Radhika Mijay is receiving community home based care service from Trishuli Plus, which provides HIV-related health services and support. The staff visits her home monthly. Photo: GMB Akash/UNDP

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on working with the Millennium Development Goals.

In the early 2000s, soon after world leaders established the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), I was a development researcher. I participated in many intellectual debates and discussions about the MDGs and the process of adapting them into national development plans and strategies.

There were polarizing debates and heated arguments on whether or not the world should shift attention from focusing exclusively on economic growth in developing countries to human development and broader development outcomes. ... Read more

Ending LGBTI discrimination is key to achieving SDGs

Transgender activists in downtown Porto Alegre, Brazil, during a mobilization campaign for civil registry change and LGBT rights. Photo: Daniel de Castro/UNDP Brazil.

The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals embody a powerful commitment to achieving a life of dignity for all.

This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

That's why we at UNDP are pleased to join in the UN statement on ending violence and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. ... Read more

South-South cooperation brings strong partnerships to the new development agenda

South Sudanese attend a planning workshop in Juba. UNDP supports Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to send civil servants for two-year terms in South Sudan to provide peer coaching to their counterparts. Photo: Jennifer Warren/UNDP

An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

The new sustainable development agenda recognizes the importance of partnerships to achieving the Global Goals. This agenda presents the opportunity for a new and inclusive global partnership, of which South-South Cooperation (SSC) forms an integral part.

South-South Cooperation (SSC) is the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between countries of the global South. It’s about developing countries extending helping hands to each other to tackle development challenges together.... Read more

End impunity for corruption to boost resources for development

Activists attend a rally for International Anti-Corruption Day in Bangkok. Photo: UNDP Thailand

Ending impunity was the main topic at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference that took place this month in Malaysia. Most topics discussed at the conference resonated well with the proposed Sustainable Development Goal 16 on building peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Goal 16 is a victory for the anti-corruption movement as for the first time, the development agenda makes an explicit link between good governance and fighting corruption and peace, justice and inclusive development.... Read more

Oceans are inextricably linked to human development

Oceans are linked to our health, economy and wellbeing on the planet. Photo: UNDP Namibia

Three-fourths of our blue planet is covered by oceans, containing 97% of the earth’s water and representing 99% of the living space on earth by volume. They serve as the world’s largest source of protein for over 2.6 billion people.

To fulfill SDG 14 it will be necessary to make conservation efforts more economically attractive and put a price on harmful activities. Governments will need both the political and technical support necessary to take on this ambitious agenda. ... Read more

Simplicity, thy name is MDGs

At Musa Zai Union Council in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, women are trained in their areas of interest so they can earn their own income and have sustainable livelihoods. Women’s share in wage employment is the lowest in Pakistan (around 10 percent) as compared to other countries in South Asia. UNDP Pakistan

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on working with the Millennium Development Goals.

When Dr. Mahbub Ul Haq presented the somewhat crude Human Development Index (HDI) in 1990, he was convinced that a single number, which is easily understandable, could convince policy makers, academics and politicians that GDP per capita was not a comprehensive measure of human wellbeing.

Similarly, the MDGs as an agenda and framework, though a crude measure like HDI, was very simple and easy for a practitioner like me to communicate and convince stakeholders on its importance and relevance.... Read more

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