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Seeing the Forest Through the Trees, and the Trees Through the Forest

16 Nov 2017 by Emily Davis, Policy Specialist, Development Finance & Effectiveness, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

One of the most memorable pieces of art I’ve seen in the last year or two was a photo mosaic of a cityscape. … Read more

Shelter From the Storm: Why Flood and Storm Resilient Housing Is Key to Sustainable Development in Viet Nam

14 Nov 2017 by Jenty Kirsch-Wood

 Typhoon Damrey hits Central Viet Nam, affecting 4.3 million people and killing more than 100 people. Photo: Vietnam
Typhoon Damrey ripped through central Viet Nam. More than 100 people lost their lives, while more than 130,000 homes were damaged. … Read more

SDG Implementation: from Policy Dilemmas to Smart Prioritizing

06 Nov 2017 by Annie Sturesson

The Asia-Pacific Knowledge Exchange: Supporting Policy Coherence for Accelerating Progress Towards the 2030 Agenda took place in Manila, 2–4 October 2017. It was organized by the UN Development Programme.
Supporting Policy Coherence for Accelerating Progress Towards the 2030 Agenda took place in Manila, 2–4 October 2017. … Read more

Youth Must Be Heard

31 Oct 2017 by Azusa Kubota, Country Manager, UNDP Solomon Islands

Far right to left) UNDP Country Manager for Solomon Islands, Azusa Kubota, and Solomon Islands Hon. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare having a preview of ideas presented by youths on "Think Global and Act Local" (Photo: UNDP/Sandra Barrows)
Across the Solomon Islands, youth say they feel disadvantaged, disempowered, and many suffer from low esteem. While they have the passion and the ideas to make a difference, they at times feel blocked by lack of opportunities and unfavorable stereotypes about youth. … Read more

Disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, two sides of the same coin

12 Oct 2017 by Mariana Simões, Regional Technical Specialist, Climate Change Adaptation

Fiji school yard in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston in 2016. While extreme weather events are not new, their increased frequency and intensity have become the new normal, with corresponding impacts on lives, livelihoods and assets.
The formidable challenge of humanitarian relief and recovery following a disaster puts incredible strain on limited public resources. In developing countries especially, it can force shifts in national development priorities, placing at risk fragile gains in areas such as poverty reduction, health and economic development. … Read more

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