The exciting future of volunteerism from the South, for the South

07 Apr 2016 by Manon Bernier

Many Southern countries now have national and international volunteer programmes defined and led by the South. Photo: UNDP India
The volunteering sector has greatly evolved over the last few decades. From originally being a North-South model, many Southern countries now have national and international volunteer programmes defined and led by the South. … Read more

How Asia and the Pacific is leading the way on the Sustainable Development Goals

04 Apr 2016 by Hannie Meesters

With the adoption of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we saw a vision of a sustainable, peaceful world take shape.
I have been surprised by the readiness with which many countries have moved forward with the Agenda 2030. In the Asia-Pacific region most governments have started working on the Agenda only three months after the official start date! … Read more

In Viet Nam, exposing the inequities of 'normal' gender roles

21 Mar 2016 by Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director in Viet Nam

The campaign argues that what people in Viet Nam consider ‘normal’ gender roles are actually abnormal. UNDP Viet Nam Photo
Existing stereotypes in Viet Nam confine women and men to certain roles, positions and careers. According to a UNDP report on women’s leadership in Viet Nam, few women achieve senior government positions. … Read more

Gender equality, the accelerator for sustainable development

14 Mar 2016 by Hannie Meesters

At UNDP we see powerful synergies between gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability. UNDP Photo
March is a special time of year in New York. Thousands of women from all over the world come to the UN headquarters to discuss progress made towards gender equality. … Read more

A Bittersweet Birthday

16 Feb 2016 by Hannie Meesters

Wouldn’t it have been great, if at 50 we could have closed shop? If we could have said ‘Our work here is done’? For an organization that works on issues such as poverty reduction, 50 just does not have the same ring as 3. … Read more