How the Informal Economy Can Help Achieve Sustainable Cities in ASEAN

06 Nov 2017 by Ponsawan Gift Watanasahthorn

As long as policy-makers still see informal economies in ASEAN cities as hindrance to development, and not crucial drivers of Sustainable Cities, how can they come up with innovative policies that truly address urban informal economies? Photo: www.unsplash.com
As long as policy-makers still see informal economies in ASEAN cities as hindrance to development, and not crucial drivers of Sustainable Cities, how can they come up with innovative policies that truly address urban informal economies? … Read more

SDG Implementation: from Policy Dilemmas to Smart Prioritizing

06 Nov 2017 by Annie Sturesson

The Asia-Pacific Knowledge Exchange: Supporting Policy Coherence for Accelerating Progress Towards the 2030 Agenda took place in Manila, 2–4 October 2017. It was organized by the UN Development Programme.
Supporting Policy Coherence for Accelerating Progress Towards the 2030 Agenda took place in Manila, 2–4 October 2017. … Read more

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