Development diplomacy

Development diplomacy is the highest priority of international relations. This is mostly performed through multilateral activities on a global and regional level. Both within the activities of international organizations (UN and its specialized organizations) and through other forms of (international) cooperation. 

The most important issues are defined by The Sustainable Development Goals.  UN resolution called Agenda 2030 is the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, reduce inequality, and with a core principle ”leave no one behind”. Sustainable development can best be achieved if actors work together and contribute their experience, expertise and resources to realizing the common goals.

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Hosting UNCTAD in 2020: Small countries and big stakes

Rawl Prescott

Barbados will host the 15th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) quadrennial meeting in October 2020.  It will be the first small state to host the conference. According to the Prime Minister o...

[WebDebate #25 summary] Blockchain for development: a critical assessment

Andrijana Gavrilović

In our November WebDebate, we looked at blockchain technology. The WebDebate included an introduction to, and overview of, blockchain technology, and a brief exploration of some emerging and popular use-cases and appl...

Data-driven discussions at the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Barbara Rosen Jacobson

‘If we are not counted, we do not count, and we remain invisible’ - Representative of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities   Data plays an increasingly central role in discussions aroun...

Digital technology for the sustainable development goals

Barbara Rosen Jacobson

Technology has great potential to help deliver the SDGs, but it can also be at the root of exclusion and inequality. We need to harness the benefits of advanced technologies for all. - UN Secretary-General, An...

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Changing with the World: UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-17

With the changing world as the backdrop, and building on our core strengths, our vision is focused on making the next big breakthrough in development: to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclus... Read more...


Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The participatory approach that led to the elaboration of the Common African Position (CAP) on the post-2015 Development Agenda involving stakeholders at the national, regional and continental levels among the public and private sectors, parliamentarians, civil socie... Read more...


Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing.... Read more...