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UNDP Transformation Series

The UNDP Transformation Series gathers progressive ideas and voices on achieving the 2030 Agenda through UNDP's Strategic Plan.


Planning for Paris

Our final destination is clear: we want a world without hunger, a world without inequalities, and a world without fear.  


Violent extremism reopens the conversation about women and peace

“No peace without women,” is a statement we are all eager to agree with. But what are the nuances of women’s participation in peace, conflict and extremism today, and how can understanding women’s…  


Not a pipe dream: Gender equality and the end of AIDS

Agnes Lungu, 56, and her husband married off their 15-year old daughter. Up until this day she regrets this decision.  


The world is better off with more women business leaders

Equal representation generates increased benefits for both men and women, socially and economically.  


Making the business case for gender equality

Around the world, gender bias is attracting renewed attention. Through protest marches and viral social-media campaigns, women everywhere are demanding an end to sexual harassment, abuse, femicide,…  


Cities 2030: Implementing the New Urban Agenda

In October 2016, the New Urban Agenda was unanimously adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), serving as a new vision for our cities and…  


Localizing the SDGs: Local economic development and gender diversity

We need to change for the better: the way we live, work, produce, consume, generate our energy, transport ourselves, and design our cities to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, most…  


Human rights and drug control: We must provide solutions that leave no one behind

“Stand up for human rights” – the theme of this year’s International Human Rights Day – should resonate with Member States that have committed to strengthen cooperation to implement the drug control…  


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…  


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…  


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…  


UNDP’S new Strategic Plan is a chance to rethink and refocus

On a Wednesday morning in late June, I got an email from HQ requesting that come to New York from Bangkok to help with the drafting of UNDP’s new Strategic Plan. I said yes, of course. The email was…  


Making “women’s work” count

Over the next few months, the 12,000 employees based at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California will complete their move to an extravagant new campus. The “spaceship,” covering 2.8 million…  


Every day is our day

When 9 August approaches, as an indigenous woman, I tend to ask myself, what does it mean for there to be an International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on the calendar? If 9 August is…  


Four trends in development innovation

This week’s High-Level Political Forum in New York will review progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Its theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world" makes…  

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