12 December 2017

UN launches initiative to improve climate resilience of women in the Sahel

Paris, 12 December 2017 - A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, was launched today at the One Planet Summit. The launch coincides with a gathering of world leaders in the French capital to mark the anniversary of [...]

10 December 2017

Joint Statement – ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

10 December 2017 - A joint statement for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017, from the Executive Directors of UNFPA and UN Women, Natalia Kanem and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the Administrator of UNDP, Achim Steiner Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined [...]

21 September 2017

UNDP launches study on income inequality in sub-Saharan Africa

New York, 21 September 2017 It is only by addressing the challenge of income inequality that African countries can achieve decisive progress towards poverty reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) study on Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences. The publication, the [...]

5 September 2017

Invitation – Report launch: Journey to extremism in Africa

UNDP invites you to the launch of the report: Journey to extremism in Africa and the opening of the photo exhibition: Survivors Wednesday 13 September 2017, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The programme includes speeches and presentations by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UNDP Africa Regional Bureau Director, Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Kenya, [...]

26 July 2017

Game of Thrones star dedicates birthday to climate action

New York, 20 July 2017 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has announced that all he wants for his birthday this year is a healthy planet. To celebrate his 47th birthday this month, the Danish actor and star of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones is asking his friends, family and fans to help [...]

13 July 2017

Fifteen African eco-inclusive enterprises receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards

New York, 13 July 2017 – Bags made from banana stem leftovers in Kenya, school benches manufactured from plastic wastes and other locally sourced materials in Burkina Faso, improving livelihoods of coffee farmers and protecting mountain gorillas in Uganda—these are some highlights of the innovative 15 winners of this year’s SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards announced during the [...]

29 June 2017

A humanitarian crossroads: Why climate resilience is key to avoiding future food crises

By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, Global Environmental Finance Unit, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDPThis post is part of a series from UNDP experts sharing their views and experiences in the lead up to the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in May and the World Reconstruction Conference in June. Published on 3 May [...]

24 June 2017

UNDP partners with 50 leading newspapers to raise awareness of the Global Goals

June 23, 2017 - UNDP is partnering with Impact Journalism Day 2017 to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, around the world. On 24 June, 50 of the world’s leading newspapers, including USA Today, Asahi Shimbun, Le Figaro, The Hindu, City Press, El País and La [...]

20 June 2017

Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

June 19, 2017 - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization. Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António [...]

23 May 2017

Unlock the potential of African entrepreneurs for accelerating Africa’s industrial transformation, says the African Economic Outlook 2017

Ahmedabad, India, 22 May 2017 – African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 released today at the African Development Bank Group’s 52ndAnnual Meetings. In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed down to 2.2% from 3.4% in 2015 due to low commodity prices, weak [...]