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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…


Basic services are key to stabilizing Libya

The call was grim and urgent. Worsening power cuts had knocked out electricity at a hospital in southern Libya, leaving kidney patients without the dialysis that had been keeping them alive. After…  


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…  


Communities can be role models for sustainable development

The United Nations, governments, civil society, business, thought leaders and media gathered in New York on 17 September to celebrate the winners of the Equator Prize 2017. The 15 prize winning…  


Lessons from a year of post-ISIL stabilization in Iraq

In Mosul a battle is raging to take back the city from ISIL. As the fighting ends, essential work is ramping up to make sure that people who have been displaced by occupation and war can return to…  


The way forward for reducing marine pollution

The Ocean Conference taking place this June at UN headquarters is a unique opportunity to promote and accelerate action, partnerships, commitment and progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14,…  


Tackling the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

Last May, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (USCFR) organized a briefing session on the situation in the Sahel region of Africa. During the session UNDP stressed the need for broad,…  


Addressing radicalization and violent extremism through climate action

Climate change and violent extremism will be two of the major threats to the stability of states and societies in the next decades. In many countries in the continent (Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South…  


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…  


End impunity for corruption to boost resources for development

Ending impunity was the main topic at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference that took place this month in Malaysia. Most topics discussed at the conference resonated well with the proposed…  



World Humanitarian Summit: With a shared agreement on what to fix, we can save lives and end need

Many of the statistics around the World Humanitarian Summit are so big they can be hard to comprehend. Most importantly, there is the scale of the humanitarian challenges that led the…  


Inside UNDP: Jennifer Topping



Clarifying misconceptions on gender and risk

Discussions on risk reduction will be centre stage over the coming months, and gender will undoubtedly enter the conversation. So when advocating for an inclusion of gender-responsive risk reduction…  


Rebuilding lives and neighbourhoods after conflict

The fall of Mosul to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2014 and the group’s quick progress across nearly one third of the country plunged Iraq into a deep political, social and…  

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