Una oportunidad para la igualdad de género

08 May 2015 by Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP

girlThere is a new opportunity to establish gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, essential foundations for inclusive and sustainable development. Photo: Javier Sagredo/UNDP
La Plataforma de Beijing contempla un mundo donde cada mujer y cada niña puedan ejercer sus libertades y opciones y hacer efectivos sus derechos, incluidos el derecho a vivir libres de violencia, a la educación, a ejercer sus derechos de salud sexual y reproductiva, a participar en la toma de decisiones, y a la igualdad de remuneración por trabajo de igual valor. … Read more

POPs Hunter: Smartphone game spreads a serious message about pollutants

08 May 2015 by Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director, UNDP China

Primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall holds a POPs publicity poster during a visit to UNDP.Renowned conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall shows support for the #StopthePops campaign during a visit to UNDP in Beijing. Photo: UNDP China
In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on innovation in development practice. Heptachlor, Mirex, Toxaphene, Endrin – these are not part of our everyday vocabulary, but without knowing it many of us come into contact with them on a regular basis. These and many others are known as Persistent Organic Pollutants or ‘POPs’. They are organic chemical substances that present a significant risk to people and the planet. For many people, it’s a difficult topic to understand. That’s why UNDP China is working to spread awareness of the issue, using innovative tools like gamification. Once these pollutants are released into the environment, they remain there for many years, as they don’t dissolve easily. POPs can travel long distances through air and water and can become widely distributed, accumulating in living organisms - wildlife and humans – the same way mercury often accumulates in fish. Research suggests POPs have cancer-causing properties and can disrupt immune, reproductive and nervous systems. The good news is that the world is taking action. In 2001, more than a 100 countries signed the Stockholm Convention on protecting human health and the environment from POPs. Governments that have signed the convention pledge … Read more

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