From Global Goals to Local Progress? Lessons from 15 Years of Practice

24 Nov 2016 by Sarah Renner

In 2015, world leaders set out to defy the odds, committing to achieve 17 ambitious and far-reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This was not the first time the world had attempted to raise the trajectory of human progress via Global Goals. In 2000, world leaders had blazed a trail with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the first Global Goals intended to advance the interest we all have, in a more just, peaceful and prosperous world. … Read more

Transition to Non-Oil Economy in Timor-Leste

24 Nov 2016 by Knut Ostby

Timor-Leste’s development since achieving independence in 2002 is quite remarkable for such a young country. The Human Development Report 2015 indicated that the country’s Human Development Index was above the average for the Medium Human Development group of countries, and the World Development Report 2011 suggested that the country has achieved in 10 years the level of stability that normally should be expected to take 15-20 years. … Read more

#RBFSingapore: How to Achieve SDGs in Papua New Guinea?

21 Nov 2016 by Roy Trivedy

Eradicating poverty in all its forms requires us to think and act in new ways beyond the ‘normal, business as usual’. If governments, development partners - including the United Nations system, and well as individuals and institutions, continue doing what we have always done and in the same ways, many countries are unlikely to achieve the goals. … Read more

For life on land, protecting life below water

11 Nov 2016 by Shoko Noda

Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Maldives, takes the plunge for SDG 14 - Life Below Water. UNDP Photo
The marine ecosystem, critical to everyday island life, is under grave risk. Coral bleaching affects fish habitat that in turn impacts food supply and peoples’ income. Bleached and damaged reefs can also affect tourism, which can threaten the national economy. … Read more

Reach for your bootstraps

27 Sep 2016 by Claudio Providas

Timor-Leste's share of working age population will peak in 2075, offering the country an immense opportunity to harness the energy of youth for it's development in the coming decades.
The Social Good Summit kicked off the first of a series of networking events and Innovation Labs to co-create, ideate, prototype innovative solutions to Timor-Leste’s most intractable challenges. … Read more