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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.


Inspiring a clean power revolution

How much impact can just one clean energy change have on an entire community? It’s an idea that UNDP is testing by leading by example. And it started with a deadly epidemic.  


Technological change raises the stakes for action to leave no one behind

The 2030 Agenda presents a historic opportunity to set the world on track to a sustainable future. In twelve years’ time, a litmus test for its success will be: have we made good on the promise to…  


Women’s rights are human rights

How the Sustainable Development Goals are building on the progress made by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  


Building Coastal Resilience through Innovation

Insurance and infrastructure generally rank toward the very bottom of the list of fun and interesting things people like talking about. Beaches and coral reefs, on the other hand, are more engaging…  


Anti-corruption - challenges, successes and opportunities

The 9th of December marks International Anti-Corruption Day—a day to reaffirm our global commitment to act against this unfair and damaging custom.  


Time to radically change the status quo

One out of three women experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Can innovation change the status quo?  


The SDGs are what the world needs. Will they be what the world gets?

The 2030 Agenda is the only common framework that governments, international organizations, civil society and local authorities have to coordinate planning, financing and on-the-ground development,…  


Financing the response to climate change - we all need to play our part.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment…this is the absolute priority.” UN Secretary General  


Why I became a disaster expert

30 years ago, a powerful earthquake ripped through Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead and 500,000 homeless. Our disaster expert Armen Grigoryan recalls the tragedy that changed the course of his life.  


How can we ensure environmental integrity for green bonds?

Lately, much attention has been directed towards green bonds and how these instruments can ease the challenge of funding countries’ climate action plans.  


5 things you need to know about the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals is often called a radical plan for humanity and a new way of ‘doing’ development. But what do we mean by that?  


Women are key to the resilience of our people and our planet

As we look at new, innovative ways to empower women as key agents of change, it’s essential we take gender-responsive approaches to mainstream and accelerate more effective climate actions across the…  


Sustainable forestry: Republic of Korea has lessons to offer to developing countries

From keeping our air healthier, absorbing carbon dioxide, to providing livelihoods for people, forests are good for people and planet.  


Our planet’s agricultural moonshot

We need to change the way we farm, the way we eat and the way we think if we as a civilization are going to survive the catastrophic impacts that climate change is already bringing to our people and…  


In defense of nature: women at the forefront

Women are particularly vulnerable to environmental-related violence; those who peacefully defend their rights should not be persecuted for doing so.  

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