Gender equality, the accelerator for sustainable development

14 Mar 2016 by Hannie Meesters

At UNDP we see powerful synergies between gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability. UNDP Photo
March is a special time of year in New York. Thousands of women from all over the world come to the UN headquarters to discuss progress made towards gender equality. … Read more

A Bittersweet Birthday

16 Feb 2016 by Hannie Meesters

Wouldn’t it have been great, if at 50 we could have closed shop? If we could have said ‘Our work here is done’? For an organization that works on issues such as poverty reduction, 50 just does not have the same ring as 3. … Read more

Bringing experience and innovation to spur progress in Asia and the Pacific

11 Feb 2016 by Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

It has been said that ‘you are only as good as your last success.’ As the United Nations Development Programme marks its 50th anniversary at the end of this month, we are forging ahead in that spirit, and not resting on our achievements. … Read more

In Ho Chi Minh City, officials look beyond income to find the poor

03 Feb 2016 by Richard Marshall, Nguyen Bui Linh and Sarah Reed

As the country’s most prosperous city, the nature of poverty in Ho Chi Minh City has changed over the past decade, as is the case among many of Viet Nam’s middle income neighbours. Photo: Paul Arps / CC2.0
Far from fudging the stats to make the poverty line appear lower, officials at HCMC have taken great pains to ensure a greater number of people are listed as poor. And this change not only holds great promise in shaping stronger social welfare systems in Viet Nam, it could change how other Asian megacities tackle deep-seated urban poverty. … Read more

Decent work opportunities central to achieving inclusive growth in Asia and the Pacific

18 Jan 2016 by Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the 2015 Human Development Report

A closer look at the region’s human development and work-related indicators reveals significant diversities from country to country. For instance, the 2015 Report shows that at the global level East Asia and the Pacific has the third highest Human Development Index (HDI) , while South Asia is second from bottom. … Read more