Stories


Grappling with climate change in the kingdom of happiness

For Bhutan, a tiny carbon-neutral country, climate change is not just an environmental problem but a serious challenge to sustainable development.  


The hanging gardens of Colombia

To insulate vulnerable communities from floods and restore wetlands, Colombia promotes the use of recycled materials, suspended gardens and climate-smart agriculture.  


Flowing from nature: community solutions to water conservation

Flowing from Nature - embark on an around-the-world tour of communities embracing natural solutions to water conservation.  


The answer is in nature

What do people and trees have in common? They’re complex life systems, engineered by nature. Both are highly dependent on water to survive, and each is ultimately reliant on the other for secure…  


Back to school

They were separated by violent conflict in their country three years ago. But today, hundreds of students are happy to be back at their school in southern Libya and to reconnect with their former…  


How one man’s struggle led to better health care for all in Ukraine

From one man's struggle to manage his leukemia treatment to sweeping changes in medical procurement - the landscape of health care access in Ukraine has dramatically shifted.  


Building resilience to hurricanes in the British Virgin Islands

As coordinator of UNDP’s ‘5–10–50’ Partnership Initiative for Risk-Informed Development, Reshmi Theckethil is supporting recovery efforts following a devastating hurricane season in the Caribbean. She…  


A new way of working in crisis

It’s been one year since Somalia declared drought as a national emergency. The large-scale, collective humanitarian response that followed helped keep the country from sliding into famine. And now the…  


The state of sustainable development

Countries everywhere are taking steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals . This set of 17 goals sets the course to transform our world by 2030. Here’s how countries and communities are…  


Opening the tap

Binisera Lamichhane Mangar cradles her 2-year-old granddaughter and, with her free hand, turns on a gleaming faucet as the entire village of Gadhi looks on. The pipe gurgles as the crowd hold their…  


New Year, new approach, new UNDP

UNDP is starting 2018 with a fresh focus and vision. This approach is laid out in the new Strategic Plan, which takes effect on January 1st and is the blueprint for the evolution of its work over the…  


70 years of progress on human rights

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This simple yet radical idea is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  


Little heart, standing tall

In partnership with WHO and UNICEF, UNDP is supporting Mexico's efforts to ensure full inclusion of children with disabilities.  


Medical milestone

With 1 million people now in treatment, Zimbabwe is turning the tide against HIV-AIDS.  


Orange the World

UNDP joins with other UN agencies in the #OrangeTheWorld campaign to end violence against women and girls. Together with activists around the world, we’re using the colour orange to call attention to…  

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