Our Perspective

      • Development gains at risk without rule of law in Post-2015 agenda | Magdy Martinez-Soliman

        04 Jun 2013

        image
        A woman waits to be served by one of UNDP Iraq’s Access to Justice legal help desks in Erbil, Northern Iraq. (Photo: UNDP Iraq)

        Rule of law is part of the structure of all societies. It reflects the shared notion that human dignity and justice matter, and that institutions and behaviours need to be geared towards the respect of such dignity, justice and fairness. Our field experience showcases how important well-structured justice systems and the rule of law are to deliver social services effectively and fight corruption.  Development without citizen’s participation and public accountability tends to be short-lived and fragile with a higher risk of corruption, repression and social conflict. Our role is to reinforce collaborations to support our national partners in their efforts to provide a more inclusive and just future for those in need. Accelerating progress in the remaining 1,000 days to the MDG’s target date is key. We are also supporting a global and open conversation on how the next development agenda should look after 2015 by engaging with people around the world. The energy and interest they are unleashing is unprecedented. People want to be heard. They want to have a say in setting the agenda, monitoring results and holding public officials accountable. For example, parliamentarians and civil society organizations in Dhaka and Manila, as well as national consultations with civil Read More

      • On World No Tobacco Day, don’t use as directed | Dudley Tarlton

        31 May 2013

        image
        A young man smokes in Timor-Leste. Tobacco use kills more people in Asia and the Pacific than in any other region. (Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret)

        “Use as directed” generally suggests "do as the manufacturer tells you and you’ll be safe." Tobacco, used as directed, kills about 6 million people yearly, roughly half those who use it. That includes about 600,000 people sickened by second-hand smoke. May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day, and this year’s theme is “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship”— which are proven to increase tobacco use. Tobacco is the leading global cause of preventable death worldwide – and it kills more people in Asia and the Pacific than in any other region. In Southeast Asia, an estimated 1.3 million people die every year from tobacco-related disease. In the Western Pacific region alone, two people die every minute. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco use killed 100 million people in the last century and is on track to kill 1 billion people more by the end of this century. While high-income countries have historically consumed the most tobacco, low- and middle-income countries are closing the gap: Western European cigarette consumption has fallen by more than 25 percent since 1990, but African and Middle Eastern consumption has surged 57 percent during the same period. In Nepal, where UNDP recently took part in Read More

      • Post-2015: One development agenda for everyone | Olav Kjørven

        30 May 2013

        image
        Nearly 750,000 people from 194 countries have expressed their views so far on the future development agenda after 2015. Photo: UNDP Vietnam

        A “single, universal development agenda” built around “five transformational shifts” sits at the heart of the report handed over on May 30th to UN Secretary General (SG) Ban Ki-moon by the President of Indonesia on behalf the 27-member independent High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda. The panel, co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, was established by the SG to inform his thinking on a bold but practical vision for the world we want. For the past year, the panel has deliberated what that jigsaw puzzle could look like, and how best to put it together. The resulting 80 pages give excellent food for thought. “It would be a mistake to simply tear up the Millennium Development Goals and start from scratch,” writes the panel in its report,“A New Global Partnership: eradicate poverty and transform economies through sustainable development”, (PDF) recognizing the difference it has made to have eight, simple goals to which everyone can subscribe. There can be no stronger basis for a new framework than showing that the existing one delivers, which allows us to lay the ground for even more ambition. The Report Read More