In the last few decades, environmental sustainability has been recognized as a key part of development. It forms one of the Millennium Development Goals and dominates the post-2015 consultations. But let`s be honest: Economy-centred growth, with little regard for environmental impact, still dominates the development strategies of most countries.
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From its significance to the silk trade routes in the 13th century, to its rise as a great energy producer during the first oil boom of the 19th century, Azerbaijan has long been known for its geo-strategic position in the world. Today, with the successful completion of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline, this has never been truer.
The small, charming village of Misi, with its 1,200 residents and ancient history, has great potential for attracting visitors from nearby Bursa, the fourth largest city in the country. In fact, over 2,500 tourists now visit the village every weekend.
Early last month, I was honoured to have the opportunity to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at Observatory Venice Summer School 2014, a six-day networking and educational event. Thanks to the financial assistance of UNDP in Europe and Central Asia‘s HIV, Health and Development team, I was able to meet with more than 40 specialists from the global health… Read more »
The strawberry fields in the Sason district provide employment to roughly 350 families. They are the lifeblood of the tiny, rural village of Yeniköy. They are also the namesake of their newly constructed primary school.
Last month, the 2014 Human Development Report was officially unveiled. It is probably the most comprehensive and empirically robust analysis of progress and trends in human development. On top of this, it guides us towards new policy approaches that tend to shatter our ‘business as usual’ approach. Here’s how we see its relevance in the… Read more »
Tajikistan’s mountainous landscape is certainly beautiful, but it’s also difficult to cultivate: only seven percent of the land is suitable for economic use. Nevertheless, agriculture remains the backbone of the economy, and the poor in particular depend on it for their livelihoods.
A year ago, we received seed funding from the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund for an innovative agricultural project. Today, we’re testing hydroponics alongside the conventional methods of growing vegetables in order to figure out which one yields more.
In the ancient Japanese martial art of jujutsu, the attacker never uses full force; rather, he or she exploits the other party’s weakness. The attacker must understand the opponent, calculate their force, appreciate the strengths, and notice the shortcomings. Only then can each move be focused and truly effective.
Last week I accompanied UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, on a trip to Serbia. We went to see for ourselves the damage wrought by the floods that struck in May. The most catastrophic natural disaster in the Balkans in over a century, the floods led to over 50 deaths, with thousands displaced and left homeless. Even… Read more »