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

Preparing Children is the Key for a Successful Evacuation Drill

03 Oct 2017 by Andrys Erawan, Technical Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP Indonesia.

Last month, UNDP Indonesia conducted three tsunami evacuation drills, with more than 1300 school children participating the activities. I was astonished to learn that many students were genuinely scared of a drill. The realness of the situation, loud sirens, climbing up a flight of stairs under scorching sun was an intense experience for the students. Some of them were crying, some fainted and needed medical care. Luckily, there were no injuries during the drills, but we learnt several lessons. … Read more

Agenda 2030 – The Challenges and the Opportunities

02 Oct 2017 by Nik Sekhran, Director, Sustainable Development, UNDP

Agenda 2030 is a complex agenda and there are no easy fixes. There are significant trade-offs – and the elephant in the room is the trade-off between a generation of jobs and protection of the environment … Read more

Struggling, adapting and growing... my gender journey with UNDP

24 Sep 2017 by Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Maldives

Every year on the International Women’s Day I publish an op-ed. This year I wrote “Reaching beyond the glass ceiling”, and shared my personal experiences in facing the glass ceilings and walls in school and at work in Japan. “This is an article our daughters should read and mine, growing up, certainly will”, read an email. Indeed, a lot of colleagues and friends reached me out to say how encouraging my piece was and that it resonated in their daily lives. While pleasantly surprised, I felt frustrated that many continue to face similar experiences every day both at home and at work. Are we getting there at all? While there is still a long way to go, I believe we have overcome many hurdles and made giant leaps towards our goal. And I am proud that I joined UNDP to ride this journey. After completing my first year in a Japanese company, I knew that as a woman my career progression would be limited in my own country, and revived my original dream of working for the development sector. I believed that an international organization would give me a better chance to explore my potential and dedicate myself to development work. … Read more

The 2030 Youth Force - One Year On

22 Sep 2017

It has been more than a year since the 2030 Youth Force was established by 19 young leaders from Asia and the Pacific, sparking a youth- and volunteer-led movement that would engage young people in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, also referred to as ‘Global Goals’). Since then, this group of young women and young men has been actively expanding the regional network, creating their own national chapters and raising awareness on how the SDGs relate to individuals and their communities, as well as how youth can take action to contribute to achieving the Global Goals. Today, the network consists of active chapters in seven countries in the region and has over 5000 members. Most of the chapters also have sub-national or provincial branches to bring the initiative into contexts more relevant to each community. 2030 Youth Force activities include organizing trainings and workshops for young people, attending and speaking at conferences and events with youth and partners from the UN and governments, and participating in global advocacy campaigns for the SDGs, such as the International Youth Day, which is celebrated every year on 12 August. The 2030 Youth Force chapters have been supporting each other at the … Read more