Cyclone Roanu is a reminder: we must focus on preventing crises, even as we respond to them

23 May 2016 by Khurshid Alam

Bangladesh’s exposure to cyclones will not lessen – in fact, with climate change we may see the coast battered more often, harder, and in unpredictable ways. UNDP Bangladesh
Among the communities hit by Cyclone Roanu this weekend, we’re hearing reports that the ones supported by the government’s disaster preparedness programmes were better prepared and able to shelter people and livestock on raised land, roads and embankments constructed by the programme. … Read more

From gut bacteria to the Blue Whale, biodiversity is our strongest ally for a sustainable future

20 May 2016 by Midori Paxton

Cartoon: Reddit Media
As a species we have achieved many things – good and bad. Music, art, poetry, wine, many methods of warfare, cars, the internet, and a variety of extraordinary civilizations. But the reality is that all these achievements have happened within our home – a living planet. … Read more

#2030NOW: Not Your Usual Summit

17 May 2016 by Fadhil Bakeer Markar

The First National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development will take stage on 24 and 25 May 2016 in Sri Lanka. This is not just another summit. This is UNDP joining hands with the Government, and the people of our country, to build a happy, peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka by 2030; and it starts now. … Read more

UNDP: Then and Now

06 May 2016 by Taimur Khilji

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur set up in 1950 with support from the Extended Programme for Technical Assistance. Photo: UNDP India
UNDP’s early initiatives were ambitious and transformative. The aim was nothing short of sparking development of countries by increasing productive capacities across critical sectors. … Read more

Rebuilding post-earthquake Nepal with the strength of its volunteers

04 May 2016 by Anthony de la Cruz

To date, UNV Nepal has placed close to 100 volunteers in medium and long-term assignments requiring engineering and risk reduction expertise in the affected districts.
A year since, Nepal finds itself still rebuilding – a colossal task given the extent of the damage, and yet one that necessitates swift action so that people can start anew as soon as possible. As an advocate of volunteerism and staunch believer in what volunteers can give selflessly to meet development objectives, I am pleased that authorities in Nepal have indicated plans of mobilizing 100,000 volunteers for post-earthquake reconstruction. … Read more