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Statement by the UNDP Administrator: Human Rights Day 2021, 10 December

Like never before in recent history, the unprecedented threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting many countries to limit human rights.  

Statement by the UNDP Administrator: International Anti-Corruption Day 2021, 9 December

People across the world continue to come together to confront a virus that is upending the way we live, work, and cooperate.  

Statement by the UNDP Administrator for World AIDS Day

Hard-won gains towards ending the AIDS pandemic are at risk of being lost due to the ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns and other restrictions have interrupted HIV…  

At the Conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26

As COP26 ends, the 1.5-degree Celsius goal is alive, yet barely. In Glasgow, many countries – especially small emitters – stepped-up, significantly raising their climate ambition while committing to…  

Statement for International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October)

As we mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, humanity is at a crossroads. Human choices, shaped by values and institutions, have given rise to the interconnected planetary and social…  

Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS Second Regular Session 2021

These are extraordinary times. The world is facing existential challenges: a pandemic and a climate emergency, political polarization and challenged multilateralism, continued conflicts, natural…  

We are the first generation that has the power to make both people and planet thrive

The new IPCC climate report is clear: we are moving dangerously closer to 1.5 degrees, and facing an inevitable, unprecedented and irreversible global climate crisis. It is a "code red for humanity",…  

Brussels Conference on Syria

Ten years into the Syria crisis, the needs are greater than ever -- both inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries. That is due to existing challenges that are now being compounded by the…  

International Women’s Day 2021

This year’s International Women’s Day is like no other. As countries and communities start to slowly recover from a devastating pandemic, we have the chance to finally end the exclusion and…  

Human Rights Day 2020

On Human Rights Day, we are reminded how the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the vulnerability of the least protected and most marginalized in our societies  

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