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World Humanitarian Day 2015

From refugee crisis to local economic development

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Environment center stage in Brussels

June has witnessed a series of environment related events taking place in the vibrant city of Brussels. The month started with ‘Green Week’ the largest annual gathering for the environment community in Europe, from 3 to 5 June, showcasing the theme of Nature and Biodiversity. Simultaneously the ‘European Development Days’ (EDDs) witnessed the participation of more than 6000 people on 3 and 4 of June in the 2015 European Year for Development’s flagship event.

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Migrant Heroes

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has recently launched a world-wide campaign, #MigrantHeroes, inviting people around the world to identify and tell the stories of Migrant Heroes who contribute in a significant manner to their countries of origin and their host communities. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the diversity of migration and the various ways through which they can positively impact society.

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World Health Day 2015: How safe is your food?

On April 7, the UN celebrates World Health Day. This year’s theme is Food Safety; an excellent opportunity to recognize the important role we all play in ensuring the food safety of our food production, and to strengthen the collaboration and coordination between these areas in order to prevent, detect and respond to foodborne diseases.

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Stepping it up – 2030 needs to be the expiry date of gender inequality

UN Women celebrates International Women’s Day and the opening of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women.

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UNESCO celebrates youth during fourth World Radio Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is celebrating World Radio Day on 13 February. The theme of the fourth World Radio Day is ‘Youth and Radio’, and the goal is to promote greater participation of youth in radio, not only as listeners, but as producers and broadcasters.

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CSR will help enterprises achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) took part in the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on CSR held in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th of February. Mr. Christophe Yvetot, the Head of UNIDO Liaison Office to the European Union was invited as speaker on the panel “International Development Cooperation – towards a global level playing field”.

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2015 Time for Global Action

As communicators for the United Nations in charge of Europe our greatest challenge is spreading messages on the importance of development in multiple languages

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Human Rights Day in Brussels

This year, the UN Human Rights Office in Brussels celebrated Human Rights Day by welcoming the public to a special screening at Bozar of Virunga - a documentary that explores the role that extractive industries have played in feeding the conflict and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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WFP launches #FamilyMeal photo competition

Why is sharing a family meal important to you? WFP and the European Union are shining a spotlight during the coming holiday season on the universal custom of the family meal, launching the Family Meal Photo Competition, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on the judging panel.

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Ninth Annual UN-EU Partnership Report launched on UN Day

The ninth annual Partnership Report “Saving and Improving Lives” presents the United Nations - European Union humanitarian and development cooperation in 2013. The web photo publication and the videos included in the report will take you through the results of our work on the ground.

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‘The Family Meal – What brings us together?’

A new photo exhibition by the UN World Food Programme funded by the European Commission.

In an attempt to explore the question of ‘What brings us together?’, photographer Chris Terry went in search of the ingredients of the family meal.

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September - Climate Momentum

In these otherwise dark times of war and violence, the global mobilization for the climate has been a welcome ray of sunshine.

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UN Day in Brussels

We celebrated the 69th birthday of the United Nations on the Grand Place in Brussels, Sunday 26 October - Check out the pictures from the day or learn more about what was going on.

You might also be interested in our digital e-Kit full of useful links to documents and information materials that were on display at the village.

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UN Security Council visits Belgium

This weekend the Security Council will visit Belgium. This visit is part of the remembrance of the First World War. It's the first time that the Security Council will visit the country. After Belgium, the Council will visit the Netherlands, Somalia and South Sudan.

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July – MDG Report 2014 Released

The 2014 Millennium Development Goals Report examines the latest progress towards achieving the MDGs, it reaffirms that the MDGs have made a profound difference in people’s lives; global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe, according to a new report launched on Monday, 7th July, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

A leader of the UN's efforts towards sustainable development

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UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals.

We focus on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:
•    Sustainable development
•    Democratic governance and peacebuilding
•    Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.


UNDP Representation Office in Brussels

UNDP's Representation Office in Brussels partners with the institutions of the European Union. Together with our partners in the EU, our goal is to promote and advance the development agenda and the international UN standards - both in EU policy discussions and in the external action of the European Union. We also support the knowledge-sharing and policy dialogue between UNDP and the EU, and strive to have a solid understanding of each other's priorities and strategies.
The EU, which is the largest contributor of ODA world-wide, is also an important partner in providing funding for UNDP's activities around the world – together we work in over 115 countries to deepen democratic governance, prevent or recover from conflict and natural disasters, build resilience and adapt to climate change. The UNDP Office in Brussels nurtures this partnership, mobilizes resources and supports UNDP Country Offices around the world in their relationship with the European Union.

The European Union has identified Development as its main topic for 2015. The European Year for Development 2015 (EYD2015) aims to reach out to the broader public in Europe about the importance of development aid and cooperation. UNDP’s global network including its office in Brussels are engaging in the EYD2015 through Kapuscinski lectures focusing on development issues, high-level debates and storytelling of UNDP-EU partnership and cooperation around the world. More about UNDP’s engagement in the EYD2015 here  
We work to promote greater coordination among the UN system, facilitate the UN's interaction with EU institutions and provide support to official UN-visits from headquarters and the field.
UNDP's Representation Office in Brussels also represents UNDP towards Belgium and its governing institutions.



Human Development Report 2014  - Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”

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The 2014 Human Development Report “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience” - shows that overall global trends in human development are positive. Yet, people at all ages are also facing threats and challenges to their wellbeing, including by natural or human-induced disasters and crises.
 While every individual and society is vulnerable to risk, some suffer far less harm and recover more quickly than others when adversity strikes. The Report asks why that is and considers vulnerability and resilience through a human development lens. It takes a people-centered approach and identifies the ‘structurally vulnerable’ groups of people who are more vulnerable than others by virtue of their history or of their unequal treatment by the rest of society.
Based on analysis of the available evidence, the Report makes a number of important recommendations for achieving a world which addresses vulnerabilities and builds resilience to future shocks. It calls for universal access to basic social services, especially health and education; stronger social protection, including unemployment insurance and pensions; and a commitment to full employment, recognizing that the value of employment extends far beyond the income it generates.

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UNDP Annual Report 2013-2014: New Partnerships for Development

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In all five regions of the developing world, UNDP supports progress that is sustainable, inclusive and resilient to setbacks.
 Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources. All our efforts aim at one overarching and increasingly achievable goal: to help countries eradicate poverty and significantly reduce inequalities.
 The report showcases our diverse partnerships, vital to all our efforts, and more than ever focused on collaboration that taps rich experiences in the global South.

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UNDP produce a wide variety of publications that are available free of charge in electronic form on the UNDP Web site Through its publications, UNDP makes an invaluable contribution to the global development debate aimed at finding solutions to improve people's lives.

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