9 July 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

New York, 7 July 2020 The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 reviews progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development amid the COVID-19 crisis. The report uses the latest available data and estimates to track progress towards the SDGs before the pandemic started, but it also looks at some of the devastating initial impacts [...]

9 June 2020

Gender lens essential to addressing linked climate change and security crises, urges joint UN report

Nairobi and New York, 9 June 2020 – As countries reel from the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender inequality is shaping the experience of crisis, as well as prospects for resilience and recovery. A new report – Gender, Climate & Security: Sustaining Inclusive Peace on the Frontlines of Climate [...]

22 May 2020

UNDP: Human development on course to decline this year for the first time since 1990

New York, 20 May 2020 Concerted action with a focus on equity could still limit the impacts of this unprecedented crisis: closing the digital divide would reduce by more than two-thirds the number of children currently not learning because of school closures. Global human development – which can be measured as a combination of [...]

9 March 2020

Press release: Almost 90% of Men/Women Globally Are Biased Against Women

New York, 5 March 2020 How big and thick is the Glass Ceiling? New analysis suggests that it covers all aspects of women’s lives, including the household and that it is constructed not of glass, but of pervasive bias and prejudice against women held by both men and women worldwide. These were the findings [...]

24 April 2019

Invitation to SDG Talk on Friday 3 May: Media Freedom and the Protection of Journalists

With 80 journalists and media workers killed, over 300 in detention and 60 held hostage, 2018 was the worst year on record for violence and abuse against journalists. A free media continues to be a crucial element to a functioning democracy and one that needs protecting. Despite this, there has been an increase in restrictive [...]

7 March 2019

On the Eve of International Women’s Day, UNDP Appoints New Goodwill Ambassador to Fight Inequality: Top Chef Star Padma Lakshmi

New York, 7 March 2019 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed Emmy-nominated television personality, award-winning author and internationally acclaimed food expert Padma Lakshmi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador. In this new role, Lakshmi will mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on fighting inequality, discrimination and empowering the disenfranchised. [...]

11 January 2019

“We are now part of the global village.” Cutting edge technology enables a solar-powered police training facility to serve the community.

11 January 2019 - A remote region in South Sudan has become safer thanks to a UNDP-led green renovation of the police academy in southern Rajaf. The Dr. John Garang Police Training Academy Facility, preparing to graduate some 1,260 cadets, had operated for more than a decade with nearly non-existent power and minimal sanitation — [...]

23 November 2018

Film Screening and Debate on Modern Slavery

To mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN City and UNDP in collaboration with The WHY Foundation set focus on modern slavery - one of today’s gravest violation of human rights. It is estimated that over 40 million people are enslaved in one form or another, and the vast majority [...]

30 October 2018

UNDP: New technologies are a powerful tool to tackle corruption

Copenhagen, 23 October 2018– Corruption threatens progress and peace, particularly for the poorest but new technologies can be used as a powerful tool to tackle it, said the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Achim Steiner yesterday in Copenhagen. “Corruption erodes people’s trust in their government institutions, undermines the checks and balances that [...]