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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…


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…  


Why the last 50 years are key for the next 15

Of the five decades that UNDP celebrates this year, I have lived half of them in the organization, in different roles. Our story began focusing on world poverty, on the most at-need women and men in…  


World Toilet Day is no laughing matter

World Toilet Day is on 19 November. And while the topic might at first sound funny, its implications are deadly serious for billions of people around the world. Today, 2.5 billion people don’t have…  


Good practices for development: El Salvador’s contributions

When El Salvador is at the center of international debates, it’s often focusing on the problems the country faces. People look at the glass half empty. But those of us who have the privilege of…  


For a young Haitian, hope beyond the earthquake

Oriental Meliance was born in Haiti in 1990. When he was 10 years old, world leaders agreed on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Oriental was among the 2 billion poor worldwide classified as…  


A new, ambitious vision requires new, ambitious ways of working

31 December 2015: During a visit to Kerala, India, I drive past gleaming malls and the skeleton of a new metro in a hometown virtually unrecognizable from my childhood. But I also see stubborn…  


Indigenous youth and the post-2015 development agenda

Imagine that instead of excluding marginalized groups, we include them in the new international post-2015 development agenda. Now, imagine the future development agenda built on the enormous potential…  


Looking to 2030 from the path of the Millennium Development Goals

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…  


How will the world we shape affect their lives?

Can an 18-year-old living in one of the world’s most remote places have a say in how the world is shaped? I met Sung Thi My during a field visit to the mountainous province of Yen Bai, where we were…  


It’s our shared responsibility to protect girls’ and women’s rights

Today, there are 250 million girls living in poverty. Gender inequality remains the most pervasive form of inequality around the world. In many parts of the world, girls suffer from inequality,…  


Avoid stigma when measuring SDG achievements

At the upcoming United Nations Summit, member states will reach an agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Development practitioners will then engage in monitoring the…  


Stronger partnerships with foundations to take sustainable development further

“If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”

This old African proverb underpins UNDP’s engagement with philanthropic foundations for the implementation of…  


What does inclusive economic growth actually mean in practice?

With the historic Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) now completed, “inclusive growth” remains a high priority on the agenda. While most stakeholders agree it’s an…  



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