• Op-ed | Investing in biodiversity is investing in our future

      International Biodiversity Day offers a timely reminder of the importance of effective management of a country’s natural wealth. Few places in the world are as rich in biodiversity as the Philippines: considered as one of 18 mega-biodiverse countries, harboring more diversity of life per hectare than any other country in the world. This immense natural wealth (and it is a remarkable asset) is however at significant risk.

    • WATCH: Deutsche Welle's coverage of Wildlife Conservation in the Philippines

      Deutsche Welle, the German public TV service, has released an episode for its Global Ideas program, highlighting the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) in the Philippines to raise awareness on biodiversity financing and conservation. Shot in Bais City, Dumaguete, the film features the Tanon Strait which is a resting ground for whales, dolphins and home to rare marine plants. As biodiversity comes under threat, locals are getting involved in its protection.

    • UNDP: Fastest population shift in history means make or break for Asia-Pacific

      Demographic change in Asia and the Pacific is happening at a rate the world has never seen. If countries do not start planning for this demographic change, they will miss out on a unique opportunity to boost growth and investments for the future, says the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its latest Regional Human Development Report. They also risk a surge in youth frustration, exacerbating instability and conflict.

    • EU, UNDP launch a new project to help sustain peace in Mindanao

      The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new project that aims to sustain peace efforts in Mindanao. EU Ambassador Franz Jessen and UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra presented the "Support Peace-Bangsamoro Project" that will be implemented from 2016 to mid-2017.

    • Philippines, UNDP to implement landmark program on climate action

      The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a partnership agreement for the “National Convergence Programme on Reducing Climate & Disaster Risks for a more Resilient and Sustainable Philippines”. The program, to be implemented by CCC with UNDP support, aims to increase national capacities to ensure that the Philippines achieves national climate change, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development targets set in the international agreements that the Philippines was a Party to in 2015.

    • Participatory monitoring helps improve performance of government services and promote citizen empowerment

      This case study pertains to an assessment conducted by the Basel Institute on Governance, in collaboration with UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN), of a social accountability monitoring project in the municipality of San Miguel, Bohol in the Philippines. Called Bayaniham Undertaking Living in a Healthy and Organised Neighborhood or BULHON sa Panguma (BULHON), the project involves the monitoring of agricultural subsidies and was developed and implemented by the Government Watch (G-Watch) programme of the Ateneo School of Government in Manila.

    • Php334B needed for biodiversity conservation in the Philippines

      The Philippines is one of 17 mega diverse countries, harboring more diversity of life per hectare than any other country in the world. Yet encroachment in forested areas, pollution, over fishing, poor land management practices, are leading to biodiversity loss at an alarming rate. (Photo: BIOFIN)

    • Publication | UNDP and Climate Change: Zero Carbon, Sustainable Development

      Released in time for the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), this report – a mix of infographics and country case examples – outlines UNDP’s decades-long support to partner countries to tackle climate change. For the first time covering UNDP’s entire climate change approach, including mitigation and sustainable energy, climate change adaptation, forestry, and support to INDCs, the report is a comprehensive look at what is now a US$ 2.3 billion portfolio across 140 countries.

    • On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030: Focus on location and population

      Within the pages of this World AIDS Day report, Focus on location and population, are more than 50 examples of how countries are getting on the Fast-Track. It shows how governments are working with community groups and international partners to scale up health and social services that put people at the centre and located where they can do more people more good.

    • United Nations at 70: "Strong UN. Better World."

      ‘Strong UN. Better World.” is the global theme as the United Nations (UN) marked its 70th anniversary on 24 October 2015. The UN in the Philippines in collaboration with the Government of the Philippines held a series of activities to celebrate seven decades of partnership. (Photo: UN Information Center Manila)

    • World leaders adopt Sustainable Development Goals

      At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support governments around the world in tackling the new agenda and taking it forward over the next 15 years.

    • Op-ed: A Historic Opportunity for Lasting Peace

      The Philippines faces a historical moment. Legislation can be passed that will put the Philippines on the path to sustained peace and inclusive development ending decades of conflict and marginalization in the proposed Bangsamoro.

    • Op-ed: Where are we with the Yolanda Recovery?

      The issues highlighted in recent press coverage on the statement of Professor Beyani, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, reflect a number of structural challenges that need to be addressed to expedite recovery from future disasters.

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Work for Human Development

Work, not just jobs or employment, is crucial for human progress: Of the world’s 7.3 billion people, 3.2 billion are in jobs, and many others engage in unpaid care, creative and voluntary work as well as other activities or prepare themselves as future workers.

The 2015 Human Development Report ‘Work for Human Development’ examines the links, both positive and negative, between work and human development in a rapidly changing world of work. Fast globalization, technological revolution, demographic transitions and many other factors are creating new opportunities, but also posing risks. The report examines how the benefits of this new world of work are not equally distributed, generating winners and losers.