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      • Rule of Law begins with justice and security | Jordan Ryan

        26 Sep 2013

        Abdul Wasa Antazar, Deputy District in Rodad, Afghanistan, speaks during a training on women's rights, supported by UNDP Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA). (Photo: Farzana Wahidy/UNDP)

        In places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo where women face the constant threat of sexual violence, or in Guatemala where a failure to address the injustices of the past puts reconciliation at risk, the story is the same – a lack of access to justice and security breeds a culture of impunity. In the long term, this can destabilize countries, increase the chances of hostility and hinder the progress toward development goals.     I believe that improving justice and security services; modernizing prosecution mechanisms; increasing the number of available lawyers and judges, and training them to make better decisions; making police more accountable and trustworthy; and providing protection and support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence is vital to support crisis-affected countries and help them become more resilient to violence. And to ensure that this work has a lasting impact, people need to understand and have access to both the legal system and the protection provided by security forces. Much has been achieved through the support of UNDP and its partners, even in just the last year. For example: •   In Guatemala, homicide rates declined for the third year in a row after dramatically rising in the previous Read More

      • Why disaster risk reduction should be a priority in our development agenda | Jo Scheuer

        23 Sep 2013

        In Bangladesh peasants now have the resources and capacities to build back better their homes after a tropical storm and become resilient in the face of environment threats. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

        A new report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) says what many of us already knew or long suspected—that disaster risk reduction is typically underfunded, misdirected and, as a result, inadequate. The numbers speak for themselves. Over the last two decades more than $3 trillion has been spent on development aid, an astronomical number by any comparison. Yet, of this staggering amount only a fraction, $13.5 billion or 0.4 percent, has been dedicated to reducing the risk of disasters. This may sound like a significant amount of money, but when you consider that this is spread over a 20-year time period and across numerous countries, you realize that the actual per-capita annual investment is very little. To add to this, UNISDR’s Global Assessment Report 2013 states that since the turn of the millennium disasters have cost nearly $2.5 trillion in terms of damage, lost productivity and reconstruction efforts. Given the sheer size of the impact, it is shocking that we are investing so little in safeguarding development. The authors of the ODI report ask: “How much could have been saved if funding had been doubled, or tripled, or more?” This is a Read More

      • On the jobs crisis, people want to see action now | Selim Jahan

        23 Sep 2013

        Beneficiaries of Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, the largest cash transfer programme in the world. (Photo: Bruno Spada/Brazil Ministry of Social Development)

        Sustainable and inclusive development will not be possible unless economic growth is combined with the creation of decent jobs. The International Labour Organization has warned that 470 million new jobs are needed for new entrants into the labour market between 2016 and 2030, in addition to jobs for 202 million currently unemployed people. Tackling the global jobs crisis is not an easy task; it will require bold national policies, private-sector dynamism and an enabling global framework. The discussions on the new post-2015 development agenda represent a unique opportunity to put job creation in the center of the new framework. “Growth and employment” was one of 11 themes at the heart of consultations we organized with nearly 1 million people, asking them what should replace the Millennium Development Goals after they reach their 2015 deadline. This global outreach helped us to better understand the concerns people have regarding employment; it also helped us combine and present their main recommendations to UN Member States and to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, which are taking the lead in the post-2015 planning processes. And what are these recommendations from people all over the globe? Six key messages from the new report on Read More

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