UN Principals at the European Development Days

On the occasion of the European Development Days, here is what senior UN leaders had to say about the #GlobalGoals #Part1 #Part2

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Ban Ki-moon opens the European Development Days in Brussels

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 global goals, is an action plan for people, planet, peace and prosperity”, he stated, which addresses “the core human development challenges of our time, such as poverty, hunger, education, inequality, health, water and sanitation and climate change”.

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World Humanitarian Summit

The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 -24 May.

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UN/UNIDO Brussels Football Team wins Schuman Trophy

In a high level and symbolic final against NATO, the UN Brussels Football Team supported by UNIDO won the Schuman Trophy’ inter-institutional tournament of this year. , Since seven years the UN Team has been part of the tournament which regroups EU and other institutions (e.g. EC, Council, NATO, etc.). The spirit of Schuman Trophy around solidarity and fair-play are very much in line with UN values and the EU-UN partnership.

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UNDP at 50: World must step up to beat poverty by 2030

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is only possible with a broad coalition of leaders from government, civil society, multilaterals and the private sector, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) on the eve of a major Ministerial Meeting to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary. The SDGs are the 17 ambitious goals that set out the world’s development agenda between now and 2030, and include a commitment to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and spread peace and justice.

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Sustainable Development Goals Advocates

Advocacy is central to generating momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs. The SDG Advocacy Group is composed of eminent personalities actively leveraging their unique resources, networks and specialized skills to help implement the 2030 Agenda.

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UNIDO and the EU: 10 years of cooperation in over 100 countries

A new report on the cooperation between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the European Union (EU) from 2005 to 2015 was today launched in Vienna in the presence of LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

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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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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 www.undp.org. 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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The United Nations team brings together 27 specialised agencies, funds and programmes spanning the development, humanitarian and human rights work of the UN. The Director of the UN Office in Brussels is the representative of the UN Secretary-General to the European Union institutions. The team works to build understanding and support for UN system activities within the EU institutions and amongst a wider public in Europe.

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