The United Nations Development Programme encourages innovative solutions for development challenges, writes Benjamin Kumpf, who is investigating social innovation for the UNDP. The program has defined six areas that contribute to success, including finding the best sources of ideas and testing them to see what is most effective, he writes.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Sigrid Kaag of the UN Development Programme to head up the international team working to dismantle Syria’s weapons stockpile. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels are being pressured to allow inspectors to access chemical-weapons sites under their control.
United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark says it's critical that post-2015 development goals tackle climate change. "Climate change is seen as one of the biggest challenges. Its impact affects the poorest people the most," Clark said.
The United Nations Development Programme's annual Human Development Report shows that countries around the world have improved public health, lowered poverty and made progress with social programs, writes Michael Cohen. "The Human Development Report is compelling evidence that once seemingly intractable global challenges can be tackled and minimized," Cohen argues.
The United Nations Development Programme will work more closely with the World Health Organization in efforts to prevent and reduce deaths attributed to noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. "By placing NCDs permanently on the global development agenda, people's lives, opportunities and future prospects will improve -- thereby advancing sustainable human development overall," said UNDP chief Helen Clark.