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UNDP Transformation Series

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


Do these women need protecting?

Equality between women and men is a fundamental tenet of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  


The Lion’s Share – a simple way to make a powerful difference for animals, wildlife and habitats

Have you noticed how often animals appear in ads? Every year, brands use images of animals in their advertising and marketing to make billions of dollars in revenue.  


UNDP remains one of the world’s most transparent aid organisations

Once more, UNDP is being ranked among the most transparent aid organisations in the world, as per the 2018 Aid Transparency Index of the nonprofit Publish What You Fund (PWYF).  


Making the most of emigration

When I first arrived in Moldova, I was surprised to learn that a quarter of its population lives abroad either temporarily or permanently.  


Celebrating refugees - strengthening partnership for results

A record number of people are displaced by violent conflict and disasters around the world. Twenty-two and a half million are refugees.  


The way to go: Ensuring safe and regular migration

I am delighted that migration issues are being taken more seriously than they were decades ago, or even a few years ago. As a migrant myself, the policy and practical issues prominent in the migration…  


3 fallacies of embracing complexity

Global development is seeing an exciting paradigm shift. Increasingly, leaders and practitioners recognize that development is not a “complicated” challenge that can be neatly parsed out into separate…  


It takes more than two to tango

Buenos Aires is a charming city – rich with history, magnificent architecture, and a soul and music that can pull you to tango in a heartbeat.  


Container deposit laws: A winner for preventing ocean plastics pollution

Today is World Oceans Day – a day when people around our blue planet celebrate and honour the ocean, which connects us all.  


Reefs for resilience: Insuring our shared natural capital

Half the world's population lives within 60 km of the coast - a coast that is under constant and growing threat. Rising sea levels, ever-more-likely and severe storms and cyclones, and increased…  


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.  


Who is writing the future? Designing infrastructure for ethical AI

“The future is unwritten,” stated Joe Strummer decades ago. It implied a message of hope for humanity’s future and a call for action. Today, algorithms are written that might pave the way for the end…  


Innovative financing and regional dialogue are central for a thriving ‘blue economy’

The concept of ‘blue economy’ is gaining momentum. It is all about using ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving ocean and coastal ecosystem health.  


Towards a more proactive approach to preventing violent extremism

Violent extremism remains a persistent threat to many societies and it has spread across countries, regions and conflicts. More than ever, the world needs a strong and coordinated UN that can fulfill…  


We are right there, when and where people need us

It is still there, on a wall along the road from the Mitiga International Airport to the city Centre in Tripoli. A huge graffiti mural, saying ‘Finally we are free’. I am not sure who put it there,…  

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