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


Celebrating invisible, indivisible nature

On 5 June, we mark World Environment Day. We often observe such international days to shine a spotlight on that which might otherwise remain invisible, and this is the case with nature.  


Will AI be a bane or boon for global development?

Anyone following tech news these days understands that the coexistence of artificial intelligence (AI) and mankind – and the ethical conflicts that may arise from it – is no longer science fiction.…  


The only way to reduce risk is to understand it

As climate change continues to exacerbate the impact of natural hazards, the importance of valuable and contextually appropriate risk information cannot be overstated. According to Swiss Re’s…  


Reducing corruption could help prevent violent extremism

There is growing policy recognition that corruption is part of a multi-faceted set of drivers of violent extremism  


Hitting home runs for the SDGs

The game of baseball, known as ‘pelota’ in the Dominican Republic, has many similarities to policy making. They both require strategy, vision, teamwork, coordination and, of course, home runs.  


‘Speak your mind’ to prevent conflict

Seven years into the Syrian crisis and with almost a million Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon, a country of 6 million inhabitants, surveys show that fatigue is rising in host communities.  


Transformative technology to leave no one behind

Among the most important changes facing large organizations like UNDP is the need to manage ever-increasing amounts of data to run operations, improve efficiency and decision-making.  


Tracking SDG progress is a team effort

For the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to become reality, countries must be able to measure their progress and report back to their citizens and to the wider world. The 2030 Agenda provides…  


Youth are the future of climate resilience

When the vulnerability of small island countries to climate change is reported in international media, it is often accompanied by images of houses and roads inundated with seawater, families standing…  


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.  


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…  


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,…  


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…  


The truth and nothing but the truth

In recent years, technological developments and the liberalization of media markets have fueled an explosive change in media and communication, with profound implications for how people are informed,…  


How will we navigate towards 2030? We’ll be using MAPS!

The 2030 Agenda champions a new way of thinking about development that embraces the symbiosis between social, economic and environmental sustainability. Doing business as usual - focusing on one…  

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