Administrator’s statement on International Women’s Day 2016Mar 8, 2016By closing gender gaps in labor markets, education, health, and other areas, we can reduce poverty and hunger, improve the nutrition and education of children, and drive inclusive growth. It’s not a choice, but an imperative: failing to address gender inequalities and discrimination against women will make it impossible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
United Nations Secretary-General’s message on International Anti-Corruption DayDec 9, 2015The United Nations Convention against Corruption provides a comprehensive platform for governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and individual citizens. Through prevention, criminalization, international cooperation and assets recovery, the Convention advances global progress toward ending corruption.
Statement on World AIDS Day by UNDP Administrator Helen ClarkDec 1, 2015There is reason to feel encouraged on this World AIDS Day. The world has made enormous progress - new HIV infections have fallen by 35% since 2000 and AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 42% since their peak in 2004. Today, 15.8 million people are accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy, 2.2 million of whom are supported through the UNDP-Global Fund partnership.
United Nations chief's message on the International Day of YouthAug 12, 2015As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions. Youth movements and student groups are challenging traditional power structures and advocating a new social contract between States and societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media as never before.
Opening Speech at the Technical Consultations of the International Ebola Recovery ConferenceJul 9, 2015We are all very aware of the devastating impact of the Ebola crisis on the people, communities and institutions of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This impact will be felt for decades to come unless the international community steps up its support.
Helen Clark's Statement on Pope Francis Encyclical on the Environment and the PoorJun 18, 2015The poor and the marginalized in our societies are the ones who are the most vulnerable to climate change, and are also the ones hardest hit by its impacts.
Message by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Africa DayMay 25, 2015Africa continues to make steady economic, social and political progress. Overall, the continent’s economy grew by roughly 4 per cent in 2014, creating one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted positive economic expansion in Africa’s history. As a result, a growing number of Africans have joined the middle class each year. With investment in education, health and infrastructure increasing, the prospects for much of Africa are bright.
Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against WomenNov 25, 2014Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every continent, and in every country. According to the World Health Organization, gender-based violence kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as does cancer. Its toll on women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.
David McLachlan-Karr: Statement on the National Launch of 2014 Human Development ReportJul 25, 2014The 2014 Human Development Report highlights the need for promoting people’s choices and protecting human development achievements. It takes the view that vulnerability threatens human development and, unless it is systematically addressed, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.
David McLachlan-Karr: UN Resident Coordinator's statement to the pressJun 25, 2014I am delighted to be here. It is very exciting to be part of this critical juncture in Sierra Leone’s unfolding history and it is a real honour to have the opportunity to address all the political parties at the start of your deliberations on what a future constitution of Sierra Leone should look like.
- One in two families that we worked with in 2015 did not have access to clean drinking water, putting them at risk of contracting water-borne diseases. According to the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP, water-related diseases cost children an estimated 443 million school days each year and kill more people than tuberculosis or malaria. They are also a major contributor to childhood malnutrition. Every child has the right to clean water, and with initiatives like the distribution of water filters, hygiene classes in our Preschool Nutrition Centers, and our WASH Program, we are trying to make that a reality. #WorldWaterWeek about an hour ago
- Only 5% of women farmers in Uganda have land rights. Joyce, a farmer from Uganda is one of those 5%. Without legal documentation, Joyce almost lost her inherited home and farm to a manufacturing plant. Although she owned her land, denial of access to her own land deed almost led to a land grab and eviction. African women farmers grow 90% of Africa's food but own only on average, 15% of land rights. Worldwide, women own less than 1% of land while they farm and process 60-80% of our food supply. More data in our new Human Development Report on Africa's gendergap: on.undp.org/84Y #AfHDR about an hour ago
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