Checking our shoe size: Reducing the carbon footprint of our health programmes

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Filed under: Environment Health HIV

Climate change is everyone’s problem – and we are stepping up. UNDP is fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint of all programmes. When it comes to HIV, health and development - we’re working to deliver the vital services that millions count on - while at the same time minimizing their environmental impacts.

Engendering change in gender and corruption

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Filed under: Anticorruption Gender equality Social inclusion

Corruption is a global threat that undermines a country’s development progress by limiting citizens’ abilities to claim their rights. The linkages between gender equality and development have long been recognized. For example, societies with greater female education have higher growth rates and per-capita incomes, better maternal health, lower infant mortality, and increased levels of nutrition. However, when… Read more »

The only power needed is brainpower: Istanbul conference on sustainable energy solutions

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Filed under: Central Asia Climate change Environment

Yesterday’s sustainable energy regional conference in Istanbul had people feeling, for lack of a better word, energized. We organized the event alongside colleagues from the Islamic Development Bank and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Robust discussions and keen insights from speakers and the nearly 200 participants made for a fascinating and thought-provoking first day.

The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life. 2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be… Read more »

Coming up: Europe and the Arab States sharing knowledge and experience across regions

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Filed under: Development

As we speak, leaders of civil society, think tanks, academic and public institutions from Europe and the Arab States are building networks and sharing experiences between the two regions. UNDP’s special event, sprinkled by the spirit of the Power of One inter-regional learning exchange, will take place in Doha, Qatar on 20 February 2014 and… Read more »

Inequality and the “radical middle”?

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Peace and security Poverty Social inclusion

Global leaders are once again meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland to discuss and – one hopes – find solutions to the increasingly volatile economic and political forces shaping our world. In a marked change from past get-togethers, mainstream economists will be talking about something more usually associated with the development community: Rising socio-economic inequality…. Read more »

The bitter truth behind the Roma question – why no progress so far (part 2)

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Filed under: Poverty Roma Social inclusion

So far, inclusion efforts have failed to achieve their noble goals. A major reason for this is ‘sticking to a single dimension’ in a complex challenge. This approach is appealing because of its simplicity, but produces irrelevant (and potentially disastrous) results. There are three dominating extremes when it comes to approaching the Roma issue. One… Read more »

Carbon consumption, transition and developing economies: Sinners or sinned against?

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Filed under: Climate change Development

Should national contributions to climate change be measured as greenhouse gases emitted by the countries in which they are produced? Or should they be “charged against” the countries in which the goods and services that generate these emissions are consumed? This issue was highlighted by a new study (See: Growth in emission transfers via international… Read more »