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Reducing risk for private investment in off-grid energy

In 2011 Rwanda was literally in the dark-- 89 percent of the country, about 9.4 million people, didn’t have power. It was one of the lowest electrification rates in the world.  


Protecting the fish that swim in sunlight

Twelve years ago, in a restaurant in Puntarenas on the pacific coast of Costa Rica, a group of long line fishermen sat down to eat with three UNDP conservation specialists.  


Inspiring a clean power revolution

How much impact can just one clean energy change have on an entire community? It’s an idea that UNDP is testing by leading by example. And it started with a deadly epidemic.  


Technological change raises the stakes for action to leave no one behind

The 2030 Agenda presents a historic opportunity to set the world on track to a sustainable future. In twelve years’ time, a litmus test for its success will be: have we made good on the promise to…  


Women’s rights are human rights

How the Sustainable Development Goals are building on the progress made by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  


Building Coastal Resilience through Innovation

Insurance and infrastructure generally rank toward the very bottom of the list of fun and interesting things people like talking about. Beaches and coral reefs, on the other hand, are more engaging…  


Anti-corruption - challenges, successes and opportunities

The 9th of December marks International Anti-Corruption Day—a day to reaffirm our global commitment to act against this unfair and damaging custom.  


Time to radically change the status quo

One out of three women experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Can innovation change the status quo?  


The SDGs are what the world needs. Will they be what the world gets?

The 2030 Agenda is the only common framework that governments, international organizations, civil society and local authorities have to coordinate planning, financing and on-the-ground development,…  


Financing the response to climate change - we all need to play our part.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment…this is the absolute priority.” UN Secretary General  

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