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UNDP Transformation Series

The UNDP Transformation Series gathers progressive ideas and voices on achieving the 2030 Agenda through UNDP's Strategic Plan.


We are all Dukdukdiya: Humming bird with one drop of water at a time

There is a Quechan fable about a hummingbird named Dukdukdiya. During a fierce forest fire, while all other animals stood in stunned fear, Dukdukdiya alone took action by repeatedly carrying a single…  


Climate Change and the Rise of Poverty

Today over 2 billion people - one third of the global population - are poor or near-poor and face persistent threats to their livelihoods, including from climate change.  


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…  


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,…  


Why I became a disaster expert

30 years ago, a powerful earthquake ripped through Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead and 500,000 homeless. Our disaster expert Armen Grigoryan recalls the tragedy that changed the course of his life.  


How can we ensure environmental integrity for green bonds?

Lately, much attention has been directed towards green bonds and how these instruments can ease the challenge of funding countries’ climate action plans.  


Women are key to the resilience of our people and our planet

As we look at new, innovative ways to empower women as key agents of change, it’s essential we take gender-responsive approaches to mainstream and accelerate more effective climate actions across the…  


Our planet’s agricultural moonshot

We need to change the way we farm, the way we eat and the way we think if we as a civilization are going to survive the catastrophic impacts that climate change is already bringing to our people and…  


In defense of nature: women at the forefront

Women are particularly vulnerable to environmental-related violence; those who peacefully defend their rights should not be persecuted for doing so.  


Accelerating NDC implementation with new partnerships

Required investments for climate actions far exceed those committed by developed countries to developing countries and require significant levels of private finance  


Think globally, act locally

Indigenous peoples and local communities can be an agent for change. UNDP works to bring their voices and knowledge to the main stage  


Ecosystems for peace

Growing fragility of land, water and other ecosystems deepens social vulnerability across the Middle East. Solutions for biodiversity can support crisis prevention and recovery.  


Emerging markets for green solutions

A comprehensive approach to green finance can help combat a variety of strategic issues - from energy, to biodiversity loss and water depletion.  


Show me the money

In part 2 we look into innovative financing mechanisms that can be used to direct investment towards sustainable Blue Economy  


Preventing the next disaster

Coastal communities across 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific region raise preparedness awareness and practice drills  

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