Our Smart devices deserve smarter endings

03 Aug 2016 by Tomoko Furusawa

ewaste dumpBecause E-waste contains precious metals such as gold, silver, copper and nickel which can be recovered, recycled and used as a valuable source of secondary raw materials, it has given rise to a backyard urban mining industry
Across the world, landfills or open dumps are brimming with microchips and circuit boards, which release toxic chemicals into the air, water and soil. … Read more

Waging War for Women in Peace

01 Aug 2016 by Rachel E. Macauley

Within the fabric of war and conflict are women and men who stand for peace, who inspire within us a belief that we can rise above our base selves to serve others; to be greater than the sum of our parts.
I am no stranger to war. Many times, I consider myself a product of it. I was born in Liberia, a country where 14 years of violent civil war pushed my family to relocate to the United States. … Read more

Leaving no one behind – Samoa at the High Level Political Forum

11 Jul 2016 by Hannie Meesters

Samoa knows that 'leave no one behind' is more than a slogan, that it is about real people, and real countries, that cannot be hidden behind global or national averages
You can imagine the challenges these islands face: they have little money, small populations, are vulnerable to natural disasters and external shock, and are often remote and hard to reach. In general, they are often themselves in danger of ‘being left behind’. … Read more

Fit for life? Transforming the UN to keep up with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

17 Jun 2016 by Hannie Meesters

While UN reform is arguably a more complicated topic, many, including UN staff, will have a view. And good ideas, ranging from how to break down internal hierarchies and improve gender parity to streamlining operational procedures. Photo: Getty Images
While UN reform is arguably a more complicated topic, many, including UN staff, will have a view. And good ideas, ranging from how to break down internal hierarchies and improve gender parity to streamlining operational procedures. … Read more

Cyclone Roanu is a reminder: we must focus on preventing crises, even as we respond to them

23 May 2016 by Khurshid Alam

Bangladesh’s exposure to cyclones will not lessen – in fact, with climate change we may see the coast battered more often, harder, and in unpredictable ways. UNDP Bangladesh
Among the communities hit by Cyclone Roanu this weekend, we’re hearing reports that the ones supported by the government’s disaster preparedness programmes were better prepared and able to shelter people and livestock on raised land, roads and embankments constructed by the programme. … Read more