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Fulfilling the promise

On a straw mat on a hot day in the courtyard of a Buddhist pagoda in 1992 was the first time I understood the mighty reach of the Universal…


That’s a wrap – An inside look at the successes, challenges and outcomes of the COP23 climate conference

As the Prime Minister of Fiji took the podium at the opening of the UN Climate Conference (COP23), you could feel the electricity in the room.  


Building climate resilient food systems

Food habits are changing, our population is growing, and – owing to human-induced climate change – development gains will be hindered.  


How to build back better after a hurricane... and before the next

Imagine relocating the entire population of your country in the face of a colossal hurricane and two months later still not being able to get back home. Now imagine spending several nights in a…  


Empowering women to lead the way on climate change

As world leaders meet for climate talks this week in Bonn, at the UN Climate Change Conference, they should embrace the tenacity, spirit and energy of women to promote more effective climate actions…  


Embracing uncertainty while planning for resilience

Uncertainty plagues our world. On its own, it can destabilize nations, undermine decisions and create poverty traps that derail global efforts to achieve the goals outlined in the Paris Agreements,…  


Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate action for resilience

Scientists have long advised that the peak intensity of severe storms would increase as temperatures rise, and in addition, the time taken to achieve these new peaks would be shortened. The 2017…  


The 'whole of islands' approach

Einstein pointed out that “the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” When sea-levels rise, resources run thin and politics enters the conversation, however, our…  


Partnering for the health of people and planet

Climate change has far-reaching impacts on human health and well-being. Changing temperature and rainfall patterns impact crop yield, food and water security, and nutrition.  


Confronting climate change as an accelerator of crisis

As the UN and partners respond to humanitarian crises, an important focus is to ensure contribution to and complementarity with longer-term solutions that address the root causes of fragility.  


A recipe to end hunger: Food policies that adapt to climate change

In our age of conspicuous consumption and excess, it frightens us to know that one out of nine people ¬– or 815 million children, women and men – remain chronically undernourished. And according to…  


Mainstreaming migration for poverty reduction –in diverse country contexts

I recently visited a number of countries on a monitoring mission for the joint IOM-UNDP Global Project on Mainstreaming Migration in National Development Strategies. Funded by Switzerland, this…  


The road from Paris starts and ends with the media

We live in a world of tenuous truths, shortened attention spans, competing priorities, and even-more complicated social and political forces. These very forces threaten to disrupt our pathway from the…  


A humanitarian crossroads: Why climate resilience is key to avoiding future food crises

The world is seeing its worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. Right now, over 20 million people are at risk of starvation. We are at a crossroads. The current food crisis can very easily be linked…  


Challenges and opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017

Latin America and the Caribbean have made notable progress on development in recent decades. By 2015, the region had met most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a historical feat, especially…  


Drones join the fight against climate change risks in the Maldives

I love drones. I have one that I fly when I want to de-stress. Little did I know when I bought it that I could actually play with it at work! It all started about a year ago. As senior advisor on…  

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