Mirando al 2030 desde el camino de los Objetivos del Milenio

06 Oct 2015 by Gonzalo Pizarro, Policy Specialist, Millennium Development Goals and Human Development, UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean and Diana Costa, Consultant, Sustainable Development, UNDP

Guatemalan womanIf current trends continue, the region as a whole is on track to achieve many MDG goals. Photo: Carolina Trutmann/UNDP Guatemala
En un par de días se lanza en la Asamblea General de la ONU la futura agenda de desarrollo hasta el 2030. “Podemos ser la primera generación en acabar con la pobreza”, según el Secretario General, sobre la ambiciosa agenda de desarrollo post-2015, que incluye los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS). ¿Podremos ser la generación que acabe con la pobreza extrema y al mismo tiempo reduzca las desigualdades que históricamente azotan a nuestra América Latina y el Caribe? … Read more

Ending discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation is key to achieving the SDGs

29 Sep 2015 by Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Transgender activists in BrazilTransgender activists in downtown Porto Alegre, Brazil, during a mobilization campaign for civil registry change and LGBT rights. Photo: Daniel de Castro/UNDP Brazil.
The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embody a powerful commitment to achieving a life of dignity for all. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. That's why we at UNDP are pleased to join in the UN statement on ending violence and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The statement has been endorsed by 12 UN entities - UNDP, OHCHR, UNAIDS, ILO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, UN Women, UNODC, WFP and WHO. The new sustainable development agenda includes everyone, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. As noted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "the challenges faced by any become the challenges faced by each of us - sometimes gradually, but often suddenly." In short, the inclusion of LGBTI people is important so that they can contribute to and benefit from sustainable development. Without inclusive processes we will not be able to help countries to achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequality and exclusion. Both UNDP's Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and the UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017 require us to place particular emphasis on those experiencing the greatest inequality and exclusion – LGBTI people are one such group. UNDP is already making contributions to LGBTI … Read more

Overcoming bottlenecks helps speed up MDG progress

29 Sep 2015 by Babatunde Omilola, Team Leader, Development Planning and Inclusive Sustainable Growth Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UNDP

woman and health care workerIn Nepal, Radhika Mijay is receiving community home based care service from Trishuli Plus, which provides HIV-related health services and support. The staff visits her home monthly. Photo: GMB Akash/UNDP
In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on working with the Millennium Development Goals. In the early 2000s, soon after world leaders established the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), I was a development researcher. I participated in many intellectual debates and discussions about the MDGs and the process of adapting them into national development plans and strategies. There were polarizing debates and heated arguments on whether or not the world should shift attention from focusing exclusively on economic growth in developing countries to human development and broader development outcomes. Through global meetings, it became clear to the international community that developing countries should focus more in-depth on poverty reduction and overall development. The MDGs have had tremendous impact when interconnected factors are addressed together. Such factors include livelihoods, food security, health, education, equality, and access to basic infrastructure and services. Today, the world has witnessed significant progress in achieving many of the MDGs. The poverty target was achieved in 2010 - five years ahead of schedule - with around 700 million people lifted out of extreme poverty. Significant progress has also been recorded in primary school enrolment, access to improved sources of water, and reduction of … Read more

South-South cooperation brings strong partnerships to the new development agenda

24 Sep 2015 by Xiaojun Grace Wang, Lead Adviser, South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

South Sudanese menSouth Sudanese attend a planning workshop in Juba. UNDP supports Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to send civil servants for two-year terms in South Sudan to provide peer coaching to their counterparts. Photo: Jennifer Warren/UNDP
An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”  The new sustainable development agenda recognizes the importance of partnerships to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals. This agenda presents the opportunity for a new and inclusive global partnership, of which South-South Cooperation (SSC) forms an integral part. South-South Cooperation (SSC) is the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between countries of the global South. It’s about developing countries extending helping hands to each other to tackle development challenges together. So how can SSC contribute to the achievement of sustainable development agenda? SSC can enhance the productive capacities of developing countries through fast rising trade and investment partnerships. South-South trade in goods for 2013 was valued at about US$5 trillion. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows among developing economies account for about half of world total. Promotion of trade and investment contributes to countries’ long-term economic growth and development outcomes by increasing revenues and creating jobs.  This matters in all contexts, but even more so in crisis-affected countries. To break the cycle of poverty and violence, it's about jobs and more jobs. A number of countries, including Mozambique, Ghana, … Read more

End impunity for corruption to boost resources for development

23 Sep 2015 by Patrick Keuleers, Director, Governance and Peacebuilding, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support

Anti-corruption protestActivists attend a rally for International Anti-Corruption Day in Bangkok. Photo: UNDP Thailand
Ending impunity was the main topic at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference that took place this month in Malaysia. Most topics discussed at the conference resonated well with the proposed Sustainable Development Goal 16 on building peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Goal 16 is a victory for the anti-corruption movement as for the first time, the development agenda makes an explicit link between good governance and fighting corruption and peace, justice and inclusive development. This does not come as a surprise. There is now empirical evidence that once a critical threshold is reached, increasing levels of corruption result in increased levels of violence, impunity and insecurity. There can thus be no sustainable peace in a society plagued by endemic corruption and impunity. There can also be no sustainable peace when those who hold power, be it political, economic or criminal, can purchase their impunity. And there can be no peace, nor justice when large groups of people are discriminated against because they are unable to overcome the many illegal hurdles that prevent them from enjoying their rights.   Breaking the culture of corruption and impunity requires a comprehensive governance approach that involves, among other things, efforts to strengthen the rule of … Read more

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