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


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…  


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.  


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…  


3 lessons from a small innovative centre supporting big ocean states

I love working for islands, and not just because of their nature, people and weather. Islands are the canaries in the coal mine for how we treat our planet. They are not responsible for climate…  


Planning for a new resilience in Nepal

My recent visit to Nepal suggested indications of positive developments in the country. Today, as we observe the third anniversary of the destructive 2015 earthquake in Nepal, which caused 9,000…  


Celebrating optimism on Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April since 1970. This international day reminds us about the interdependence between natural ecosystems and human life. It is a celebration of Earth’s biodiversity and…  


Planning for Paris

Our final destination is clear: we want a world without hunger, a world without inequalities, and a world without fear.  


Bridging humanitarian needs with long-term development in Dominica

On 18 September 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck Dominica wreaking unimaginable disaster. Thirty-one people died, 33 more remain missing. Roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and over 40 percent…  


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…  


We need an Olympic effort on climate change

The Olympics offers us a time of hope, a time for mutual understanding, a time for goodwill and peace. But as all eyes turn toward PyeongChang for the 23rd Winter Olympic Games, rising temperatures,…  


Meeting the urban finance challenge

Many of the investments needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda are made at the subnational level, especially by cities.  


Our cities are on the frontline of changing climate

By 2050 two out of every three people are likely to live in cities with continued growth in urbanization across the world.  


In Somalia, seeking to ensure drought never again turns into famine

Continuing urgent, life-saving response is vital, but only long-term development gains will lift the country out of poverty, vulnerability, and insecurity.  


Unequal protection: Climate change and the acceleration of global inequality

Among the various drivers of risk in the world today, two stand out: climate change and rapidly rising levels of inequality. While each by itself has serious consequences for achieving development…  

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