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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.  


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…  


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…  


Tracking SDG progress is a team effort

For the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to become reality, countries must be able to measure their progress and report back to their citizens and to the wider world. The 2030 Agenda provides…  


Nine keys to creating an SDG Country Platform in Indonesia

Did you know Indonesia is the second most generous country in the world, with a whopping 79 percent of people having donated funds in the last month? Together with domestic private investment, which…  


Peer learning boosts progress on business and human rights in Asia

The Asia-Pacific region has long been synonymous with economic dynamism. Over the last few decades, the volume of capital and trade flows has ballooned in the region, and hundreds of millions of…  


Meeting the urban finance challenge

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


Cities 2030: Implementing the New Urban Agenda

In October 2016, the New Urban Agenda was unanimously adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), serving as a new vision for our cities and…  


How will we navigate towards 2030? We’ll be using MAPS!

The 2030 Agenda champions a new way of thinking about development that embraces the symbiosis between social, economic and environmental sustainability. Doing business as usual - focusing on one…  

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