Fast Facts

  • Fast Facts: Gender Equality and UNDP

    Despite progress in recent years, women and girls account for six out of 10 of the worlds poorest and two-thirds of the world's illiterate people. Furthermore, only 18 percent of the world's parliamentarians are women and one-third of all women are subjected to violence.

  • Fast Facts: Gender and Democratic Governance

    UNDP strives to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision making. When women participate in decision-making there are benefits for women, men, children, communities and nations.

  • Fast Facts: Gender and Environment

    Dependent as they are on the environment to feed their families and eke out a living, the world’s poorest people suffer the most from changes in climate and the degradation of natural resources. The world’s poorest inhabitants – six out of ten of whom are female – are therefore most severely affected by increasingly longer droughts, more severe storms and flooding, species depletion, soil degradation, deforestation, and other negative alterations to the natural environment.

  • Fast Facts: Gender in Crisis Countries

    Women are often disproportionately affected by conflict, violence and disasters, and their security is often at risk when rule of law breaks down. Their greater vulnerability to poverty threatens their livelihoods, and their voices and interests are often excluded from decision-making in the recovery process.

  • Fast Facts: Governance in post crisis settings

    A quarter of the world’s population lives in countries where state capacities are limited and societies experience high levels of fragility due to the repercussions of war or disaster. In these contexts, states cannot provide security and basic services to their citizens or effectively manage the process of recovery.

  • Fast Facts: HIV and AIDS

    The United Nations (UN) system shares a commitment to reversing the spread of the AIDS epidemic. As co-sponsor of UNAIDS, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognizes that AIDS impacts countries’ progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly those goals pertaining to poverty, gender, education and child and maternal mortality.

  • Fast Facts: Human Rights and UNDP

    The three pillars of the United Nations are peace and security, human rights, and development, and constitute the founding principles of the UN Charter. In its efforts to advance human development, UNDP supports Member States and partners in grounding their national development plans, policies and processes in the human rights principles of participation, inclusion, equality and non-discrimination.

  • Fast Facts: Indigenous Peoples

    UNDP works to support the rights of indigenous peoples as they pertain to UNDP's key focus areas of Women's Empowerment, Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction and Environment and Energy.

  • Fast Facts: Institutional changes for gender equality in UNDP

    As the UN development agency, empowering women is a prerequisite for success, affecting all aspects of our work. What does this mean for UNDP? It means changing the way we do business both in terms of programming as well as our internal processes and structures. Just as we have to reshape the way the world thinks about women, we are challenging our own organizational culture by tackling attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.

  • Fast Facts: Integrating environment into development planning

    In order to preserve the full range of natural ecosystems required for human well-being, environment objectives must be embedded in policies that influence human activities, including the key productive sectors of the economy, as well as national development planning frameworks and budgets, institutions, governance, and market-based mechanisms. This ‘mainstreaming’ of environment is crucial for effective action to promote development that is sustainable and climate-resilient.

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