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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.


The results are in

5 things we’ve learned about making progress on environmental objectives while addressing gender equality... We know that advancing gender equality is one of the systems changes needed to achieve…  


In the operating theatre, male actors still dominate

For centuries the idea of "going to see the doctor" meant in our collective imagery that we would be going to see a male doctor.  


Do these women need protecting?

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


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…  


PAVE the way

The rise of violent extremism (VE) over the last decade poses as great a challenge as any to many countries across the globe, a challenge that seems almost insurmountable.  


‘Jane Walker’: Appropriating women’s rights to sell more booze

To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, alcohol giant Diageo has given the world Jane Walker: a female version of its Johnnie Walker whisky brand.  


Violent extremism reopens the conversation about women and peace

“No peace without women,” is a statement we are all eager to agree with. But what are the nuances of women’s participation in peace, conflict and extremism today, and how can understanding women’s…  


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.  


The world is better off with more women business leaders

Equal representation generates increased benefits for both men and women, socially and economically.  


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,…  


Localizing the SDGs: Local economic development and gender diversity

We need to change for the better: the way we live, work, produce, consume, generate our energy, transport ourselves, and design our cities to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, most…  


Empowering women to lead the way on climate change

As world leaders meet for climate talks this week in Bonn, at the UN Climate Change Conference, they should embrace the tenacity, spirit and energy of women to promote more effective climate actions…  


Making “women’s work” count

Over the next few months, the 12,000 employees based at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California will complete their move to an extravagant new campus. The “spaceship,” covering 2.8 million…  


Every day is our day

When 9 August approaches, as an indigenous woman, I tend to ask myself, what does it mean for there to be an International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on the calendar? If 9 August is…  


Shattering glass ceilings – and walls

Halfway through fourth grade, I opened my report card and saw that my teacher had given me a C for ‘behaviour’. Understandably, it shocked my parents. I had always gotten top grades in class. I was…  

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