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The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme that groups more than 900 cities into a worldwide network that is committed to improving urban livelihoods, this week launched an outdoor exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland on the theme of making cities cleaner and safer, more resilient and sustainable, more affordable, accessible and livable for all.
It’s a pleasure for me join you today for this reception and to open the excellent exhibition on cities that can foster sustainable human development and enable city-dwellers to live healthy and fulfilling lives. In particular, I would like to thank the UNDP for organizing this event in collaboration with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty.
I am honored to be here with you today to announce – on behalf of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on South-South Cooperation – the transfer of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty Secretariat to the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.
Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, launched here today by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Director of the Human Development Report Office Khalid Malik.
In 1989, Mahbub ul Haq was encouraged by Robert McNamara, the President of the World Bank to meet with Bill Draper, the UNDP Administrator. Mahbub’s objective was simple, to convince Bill and UNDP to support his ideas on development. The first meeting did not go well. A second meeting was hastily arranged which led Bill to support the initiative of producing a global report on human development.
The Executive Steering Committee of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty today announced the Alliance’s secretariat and institutional home will move from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).
I thank the Government of Switzerland for hosting this dinner. Switzerland is a committed development partner, both globally, and in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. At the UN in New York, Member States are deliberating on the post-2015 agenda and the sustainable development goals. A critical element in these discussions is to look at the kinds of partnerships and financing which will be needed to implement the next development agenda. That makes our topic this evening on how multi-stakeholder partnerships can contribute to financing the post-2015 agenda very relevant.
This Board meeting is taking place in the midst of very important times for UNDP. The new Strategic Plan is being rolled out across headquarters, regional centers, and country offices, where our programmes are being aligned to the plan. To be able to deliver better on the plan, and to be fit for purpose in a 21st century development context, we are also undergoing organizational change.
Two days ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, football star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Didier Drogba launches an animated video that tells the story of his early life in a malaria-endemic country and calls attention to a disease that continues to take a child life every minute.
The media can be a positive force for improving the human rights and health of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in South Asia, says a new joint report developed by Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) and UN Development Programme (UNDP).
The XI Match Against Poverty held last March in Bern, Switzerland raised US$190,000 for ongoing recovery efforts in the Philippines where more than 5,000 people lost their lives last November to Typhoon Haiyan.
The UN General Assembly has declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Created at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee and officially announced at the United Nations headquarters last August, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promotes the role of sport as a tool at the service of society and a universal tool for peace.
Poverty is a multifaceted reality. It is not only defined by a lack of adequate income; it is a cruel mix of human deprivation in knowledge, health, dignity and rights, obstacles to participation and lack of voice.
Last night the United Nations Development Programme again mobilized its team of top football players to compete against a European football club to raise both funds for and awareness of the extreme poverty challenges facing the world.
Ruud Gullit and Paolo Maldini are among the personalities who confirmed they will join Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane at the 11th Annual Match Against Poverty on March 4 at the STADE DE SUISSE National Stadium in Bern, Switzerland.
Marta Vieira da Silva, Genaro Gattuso Christian Vieri, and Phillip Cocu are among the players that have recently confirmed they will join Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane at the 11th Annual Match Against Poverty. Proceeds from the Match will support recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record.
Something extraordinary happened on 8 December. Not extraordinary as in “magical” or “stupefying”, but “out of the ordinary” for sure. Three government representatives from Ministries of Environment, came together to discuss publically, among their peers, the risks of corruption they face for REDD+ and how they want to go about it.
Karen Abarca is proud to be serving as an example for youngsters in El Oro Province, located in the south-west of Ecuador. At the age of 20, mother of an 8 month old toddler and a third year student of economy, she actively participates in provincial youth forums to have her voice heard and be able to weigh on public policies that affect issues important to her.
UNDP partners with OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, WHO, IFRC and GFDRR to provide a coordinated and comprehensive support to Governments to build and implement national frameworks for developing capacities to reduce the risk from and prepare for disasters. This partnership is articulated through a global programme, Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI).
The United Nations Development Programme’s Asia-Pacific Centre (APRC) has signed a US $16.7 million Grant Agreement with the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for a multi-country South Asia HIV Programme.