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


Time to end the neglect

Despite the fact that tuberculosis, a disease that has been around since ancient times, is preventable and curable, it surpassed HIV as the leading cause of death from infectious disease in 2015.…  


Universal health coverage is out of reach unless we eliminate discrimination

According to WHO and the World Bank, half the world still lacks access to essential health services. Non-discriminatory health services can help people feel safe and comfortable in seeking health…  


Urbanization: A multidimensional challenge and opportunity for health, well-being and equity

Dramatic images from some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing cities make visible the impact of air pollution. But what the headlines do not capture is the full scope of the profoundly negative…  


Universal health coverage: Connecting the dots between innovation and delivery

Achieving universal health coverage requires connecting the dots between innovation and delivery, ensuring that new medicines, diagnostics and vaccines are developed and ultimately reach the people…  


How progress on AIDS shapes the road to universal health coverage

At the turn of the millennium, only 625,000 people worldwide had access to HIV treatment. Millions died slow painful deaths because lifesaving drugs weren’t available to those that needed them. Cost…  


No time to lose

Every 18 seconds, someone dies of tuberculosis (TB). In the time it takes you read this blog, 12 people will have lost their lives to TB. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has set ambitious…  


Do more than make some noise…

The theme of this year’s Zero Discrimination Day is make some noise. Raising our voices in solidarity for compassion, diversity, equality, inclusion and tolerance is core to our common humanity. Today…  


Why we must fight harder for the rights of young women and girls

In her 2013 memoir, activist Malala Yousafzai recounts a moment that changes not only the course of her destiny but that of many other young girls across the world. On a trip in northwest Pakistan,…  


Health and well-being for the world’s poor: Making the case for tobacco taxation

Tobacco taxes have emerged as a proven gold standard intervention to stem the rising tide of health and development challenges.  


20 million people living with HIV are being left behind

This week, world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS to chart the way forward towards ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health…  


Zika is a wake-up call for all of us

Yesterday, the World Health Organization declared the spread of the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern. Unlike other viruses spread through the bite of the Aedes mosquito…  


Co-financing for health and development – an affordable innovation

The implementation of the post-2015 development agenda will call on countries to be more resourceful than ever, including improving efficiencies and leveraging increased domestic resources in…  

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