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Using blockchain to make land registry more reliable in India

The word blockchain often conjures up thoughts of cryptocurrencies, of people dabbling in a seemingly dark art, making tens of millions of dollars.…


Finding home in a Maldives that never trends on Instagram

Departing United Nations RC and UNDP RR Shoko Noda reflects on her four years in the atoll nation.  


My solo ride on the subway

Public transit is often where women, and men, are harassed or assaulted for the first time. Susie Marie from UNDP Asia Pacific's Gender Team considers how we might make public spaces more inclusive.  


Dressed for Equality

Luciana Arlidge of UNDP Asia-Pacific's Gender Team shares her reflections on gender norms and the power of feminist movements.  


Modern slavery is on the rise in Asia, but new laws show consumer pressure is working

In 2018, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation estimated that 24.9 million people worldwide were being held captive as forced laborers, half of them in the…  


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Laws and policies that protect rather than punish are what’s needed in Asia-Pacific HIV response

Today, on this World AIDS Day 2018, it is important to acknowledge the positive changes that we are seeing in the Asia-Pacific region regarding the legal and policy environment for HIV and to continue…  


Three Ways the Private Sector Can Advance LGBTI Rights and Inclusion

The private sector is the bedrock of the modern global economy. So, when businesses take a firm stand on human rights and go beyond just lip service, people sit up and take notice.  


More needs to be done to reduce disaster risks and increase preparedness

The heart-rending pictures and videos from the earthquake-tsunami disaster in Sulawesi, Indonesia brought back the shock and pain of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster of 2011 and…  


Humanizing a terrorist

For violent extremist rehabilitator Ahmad el Muhammady, we need to try to understand the people behind terrorism.  


Plastic in Paradise: why the SDGs matter in the Maldives now more than ever

Once every so often the Maldives makes the international news. With presidential elections taking place this week, it is about that time again.  

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