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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.


Youth and technology: 5 ways we're changing the world

As a user of digital platforms and a professional in the communications field, I see how quickly and effectively technology has opened doors, connected people from remote communities with the same…  


The fourth sector: Can business unusual deliver on the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are impossible to achieve unless we figure out how to resolve an inherent contradiction between two realities.  


Low-carbon, climate-resilient development

The Arab region is full of potential. Over the past decades, the region has increased electricity production from renewable resources seven-fold, decreased infant mortality significantly, achieved…  


Nature for Life

At the High-Level Political Forum, the formal proceedings are instructive, but it is in the side events and hallway conversations where observers can take the pulse of broader global trends.  


Open government is the key to leaving no one behind

The 5th Global Open Government Summit (17-19 July) taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia focusses on civic engagement, fighting corruption and public service delivery. UNDP has supported the Open…  


Can irrational humans create a sustainable future?

UN Member States are gathering this week in New York to discuss progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the 2018 High-Level Political Forum. One element will connect all HLPF…  


Tracking SDG progress in the Arab region is now available to everyone

As countries report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) progress at the High-Level Political Forum, they need data to review their performance and identify priority areas for action.  


While you were watching the World Cup, we picked our top-scorers for the Global Goals

While most of my friends are glued to the 2018 football World Cup tournament, I can't wait for the kick-off at this year's High Level Political Forum (HLPF). It is the event of the year for the…  


Bottom-up, top-down and outside-in: Cultivating innovation at UNDP

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner convenes monthly one-hour conversations with intrapreneurs from UNDP Country Offices. These virtual discussions aim to inspire new ways of working across offices and…  


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.  


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…  


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…  


War and peace ... and nature

Healthy wildlife populations are an incredible asset for both local communities and national economies. Yet this rich, but fragile natural asset is in crisis due to poaching and illegal wildlife…  


With open government, youth can be agents of change for the SDGs

Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is to help…  

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