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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.


Open government is the key to leaving no one behind

The 5th Global Open Government Summit (17-19 July) taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia focusses on civic engagement, fighting corruption and public service delivery. UNDP has supported the Open…  


Can irrational humans create a sustainable future?

UN Member States are gathering this week in New York to discuss progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the 2018 High-Level Political Forum. One element will connect all HLPF…  


Tracking SDG progress in the Arab region is now available to everyone

As countries report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) progress at the High-Level Political Forum, they need data to review their performance and identify priority areas for action.  


While you were watching the World Cup, we picked our top-scorers for the Global Goals

While most of my friends are glued to the 2018 football World Cup tournament, I can't wait for the kick-off at this year's High Level Political Forum (HLPF). It is the event of the year for the…  


Bottom-up, top-down and outside-in: Cultivating innovation at UNDP

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner convenes monthly one-hour conversations with intrapreneurs from UNDP Country Offices. These virtual discussions aim to inspire new ways of working across offices and…  


Nitrogen – ocean plastics pollution’s forgotten neighbour

Tremendous – and deserved - attention has been paid for the last few years to the scourge of ocean plastics pollution, which we now know reaches the farthest depths of the ocean and can have impacts…  


In the operating theatre, male actors still dominate

For centuries the idea of "going to see the doctor" meant in our collective imagery that we would be going to see a male doctor.  


Sound management of chemicals and their waste is vital for sustainable development

Chemicals are a part of our modern society, and each day we use various chemical-based products to make our lives more comfortable and productive.  


Do these women need protecting?

Equality between women and men is a fundamental tenet of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  


The Lion’s Share – a simple way to make a powerful difference for animals, wildlife and habitats

Have you noticed how often animals appear in ads? Every year, brands use images of animals in their advertising and marketing to make billions of dollars in revenue.  


UNDP remains one of the world’s most transparent aid organisations

Once more, UNDP is being ranked among the most transparent aid organisations in the world, as per the 2018 Aid Transparency Index of the nonprofit Publish What You Fund (PWYF).  


Making the most of emigration

When I first arrived in Moldova, I was surprised to learn that a quarter of its population lives abroad either temporarily or permanently.  


Celebrating refugees - strengthening partnership for results

A record number of people are displaced by violent conflict and disasters around the world. Twenty-two and a half million are refugees.  


The way to go: Ensuring safe and regular migration

I am delighted that migration issues are being taken more seriously than they were decades ago, or even a few years ago. As a migrant myself, the policy and practical issues prominent in the migration…  


3 fallacies of embracing complexity

Global development is seeing an exciting paradigm shift. Increasingly, leaders and practitioners recognize that development is not a “complicated” challenge that can be neatly parsed out into separate…  

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