Youth Must Be Heard

31 Oct 2017 by Azusa Kubota, Country Manager, UNDP Solomon Islands

Far right to left) UNDP Country Manager for Solomon Islands, Azusa Kubota, and Solomon Islands Hon. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare having a preview of ideas presented by youths on "Think Global and Act Local" (Photo: UNDP/Sandra Barrows)
Across the Solomon Islands, youth say they feel disadvantaged, disempowered, and many suffer from low esteem. While they have the passion and the ideas to make a difference, they at times feel blocked by lack of opportunities and unfavorable stereotypes about youth. … Read more

Disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, two sides of the same coin

12 Oct 2017 by Mariana Simões, Regional Technical Specialist, Climate Change Adaptation

Fiji school yard in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston in 2016. While extreme weather events are not new, their increased frequency and intensity have become the new normal, with corresponding impacts on lives, livelihoods and assets.
The formidable challenge of humanitarian relief and recovery following a disaster puts incredible strain on limited public resources. In developing countries especially, it can force shifts in national development priorities, placing at risk fragile gains in areas such as poverty reduction, health and economic development. … Read more

Preparing Children is the Key for a Successful Evacuation Drill

03 Oct 2017 by Andrys Erawan, Technical Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP Indonesia.

Last month, UNDP Indonesia conducted three tsunami evacuation drills, with more than 1300 school children participating the activities. I was astonished to learn that many students were genuinely scared of a drill. The realness of the situation, loud sirens, climbing up a flight of stairs under scorching sun was an intense experience for the students. Some of them were crying, some fainted and needed medical care. Luckily, there were no injuries during the drills, but we learnt several lessons. … Read more

Agenda 2030 – The Challenges and the Opportunities

02 Oct 2017 by Nik Sekhran, Director, Sustainable Development, UNDP

Agenda 2030 is a complex agenda and there are no easy fixes. There are significant trade-offs – and the elephant in the room is the trade-off between a generation of jobs and protection of the environment … Read more

Struggling, adapting and growing... my gender journey with UNDP

24 Sep 2017 by Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Maldives

Every year on the International Women’s Day I publish an op-ed. This year I wrote “Reaching beyond the glass ceiling”, and shared my personal experiences in facing the glass ceilings and walls in school and at work in Japan. “This is an article our daughters should read and mine, growing up, certainly will”, read an email. Indeed, a lot of colleagues and friends reached me out to say how encouraging my piece was and that it resonated in their daily lives. While pleasantly surprised, I felt frustrated that many continue to face similar experiences every day both at home and at work. Are we getting there at all? While there is still a long way to go, I believe we have overcome many hurdles and made giant leaps towards our goal. And I am proud that I joined UNDP to ride this journey. After completing my first year in a Japanese company, I knew that as a woman my career progression would be limited in my own country, and revived my original dream of working for the development sector. I believed that an international organization would give me a better chance to explore my potential and dedicate myself to development work. … Read more