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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…


Here's to being called Ms. Cookstove for years to come

For the past few years, I’ve proudly been referred to in our office as ‘Ms. Cookstove’. I joined UNDP to work on the carbon market, specifically the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) capacity…  


From Paris to your hometown: Climate action is going local

Over recent years, climate negotiations have gotten more and more complex. With 193 countries bringing competing interests to the table, perhaps that’s not surprising. Negotiators are taking a…  


Cyclone Roanu is a reminder: We must focus on preventing crises, even as we respond to them

As the World Humanitarian Summit unfolds and leaders discuss the humanitarian impact of rising crises and disasters, half a million people are currently displaced in Bangladesh. Cyclone Roanu pummeled…  


Despite global climate pledge, indigenous activists are under attack

Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was the main promoter of the campaign against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project in Honduras. In 2015, her work won her the Goldman Environmental Prize, the highest…  


Helen Clark welcomes Pope Francis' climate change encyclical

Pope Francis today issued an encyclical in which he called climate change a “principal challenge” for humanity.

In the 184-page letter, Pope Francis noted that the poor are the most…  


Help make the Angry Birds happy

I’m an Angry Bird, but I can’t help but be happy today. I am being designated by the United Nations Secretary-General as the Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness, which…  


Paris. Women. Now what?

Coming off the heels of the climate change negotiations in Paris in December, which led to a momentous agreement for acting collectively on climate change, we have reason to feel proud and…  


Protecting (scarce) fresh water in the Maldives

Water is a big deal in the Maldives. The archipelago nation of 300,000 people is more water than land. But while abundant in ocean resources, the only freshwater is rainwater that is harvested in…  


The Angry Birds wish you a Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day to my feathered and non-feathered friends! I’m writing to you from Hong Kong. I’m here as part of my tour around the world tour as the United Nations Honorary Ambassador for Green.…  


From signatures to action

When governments gather at the UN to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, an important step will be taken to ensure the ambition, momentum and political will of December’s COP 21. Global…  


The road to Paris: the Macedonian case

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their perspective on issues of climate change, in the lead up to COP21 in December.

In preparation for the Climate Change…  


As glacial lakes flood, the effect can be devastating

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their perspective on issues of climate change, in the lead up to COP21 climate conference in December.

Golf, yes. But GLOF?…  


Making energy efficiency visible

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their perspective on issues of climate change, in the lead up to COP21 in December. The buildings where we live and work are responsible for…  


Long days and nights on the road to Paris

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their perspective on issues of climate change, in the lead up to COP21 in December.

It is 1 September and I am sitting at a…  


Climate investment: burden or benefit for the poor?

Over time, most arguments against climate action have been pushed to the margins—we now have widespread acceptance of climate change’s threats and impacts, as well as an understanding of the…  

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