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Helen Clark
yesterday at 20:23. Facebook
There are worrying projections for global unemployment in the latest International Labour Organisation (ILO) "World Economic and Social Outlook - Trends 2017" report. In essence, the growth in the labour force is outstripping growth in the creation of jobs. It is forecast that the total number of those unemployed will grow by 3.4 million people this year, and by a further 2.7 million next...
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ILO: Global unemployment expected to rise by 3.4 million in 2017

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Helen Clark
01/09/2017 at 23:38. Facebook
I posted a few weeks ago on some of the indications that progress on gender equality has stalled - and is even in reverse gear. Here's another indication - the numbers of women holding the highest political office in their countries peaked in 2011, but have now fallen back to 2009 levels. This op ed in the Washington Post calls the decline "stunning". Work to do to achieve gender equality in...
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The number of countries with female political leaders has plummeted

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2017 is the second year of implementation of the new global agenda - Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. In December I visited Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan to speak to staff and students about the challenges and opportunities for the new agenda. Meeting the aspiration to leave no one behind in development will require addressing inequalities and discrimination - including...
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Helen Clark: Lecture at Kwansei Gakuin University “Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing the New Global Agendas”

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Wishing all a Happy New Year 2017. 2016 was a year when bad, and often very bad, news dominated the headlines; yet, as this blog points out, many positive things happened too, across all areas of life. Let us hope that this year will see an end to the protracted conflicts which are destroying lives and hopes, steady progress on the eradication of poverty in all its forms, and more...
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The 99 best things that happened in 2016, from Ebola’s eradication in West Africa to saving the manatees

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Special places - in August I was fortunate to be able to visit Nairobi National Park, located on the edge of the city very close to the airport. Its almost 29,000 acres are host to numerous species. I saw gazelles, impalas, water and bush bucks, giraffes, white rhino, and numerous bird species. UNDP is active on wildlife conservation issues in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa. I fully recommend...
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2016 retrospective: I loved my visit to Barbados in September for the launch of UNDP's Caribbean Human Development Report (HDR). While there I was able to drive around this fascinating country, and to see some of the challenges exacerbated by climate change. At Martins Bay (below), local residents briefed us on the coastal erosion they are experiencing, and on the steps being taken to put in...
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Wishing all who celebrate Christmas around our world a Merry Xmas: may it be a day of peace and understanding in our troubled world. My photo shows the New Zealand Christmas tree - the pohutukawa which flowers on the coast at Xmas time. This story from Bethlehem on Xmas eve of Christian and Muslim Palestinians expressing their respect for each other's beliefs and of people gathering from...
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Last week I attended the Third World Assembly for Women convened by Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo. The new global development agenda, the 2030 Agenda, is very strong on gender equality and women's empowerment, but there will have to be enormous political will now to meet its aspirations. On current trends, it will take 82 years to reach gender parity in the world's parliaments,...
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Last week I visited El Salvador, a country I had read about for many years before and since its civil war. The latter is dated as beginning in 1980, and ending with UN-facilitated peace accords in January 1992. The 25th anniversary of the accords will be marked on 16 January next year. Today El Salvador is facing a scourge of armed violence (in 2015 it had the highest homicide rate in the...
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I've been in Honduras over the past two days, meeting partners and looking at UNDP work. Today I visited two initiatives supported by the Adaptation Fund of the Global Environment Facility and implemented by UNDP with government and municipal partners. In the photos below: 1. A local resident in a steep hillside neighborhood showed us how heavy rains in the past had swept through homes causing...
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Just completed a wonderful three day visit to Burkina Faso . A highlight of it was the journey to Dori, capital of the northern Sahel region, for the launch of a new programme by the President to boost local development, including through rolling out more basic energy installations in villages and supporting micro-business and SME development. The photos below show some of the added value...
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Another incredible day in Tafilalet region of Morocco looking at sustainable development initiatives in which UNDP is involved. In the photos: 1. Women in Goulmima: this township now has a laundromat which saves women huge amounts of time - previously they hand washed everything in the river, which was also bad for water quality. Now they have time for work which earns income. 2. This photo...
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Traditional welcome in Merzouga, eastern Morocco, today, where UNDP supports development of sustainable ecotourism. Also visited rural development initiatives which are part of the UNDP Tafiladet Oasis Programme: working to preserve oasis ecosystems, introduce drip irrigation & solar power, support eco-education in schools, and improve livelihoods. This is one of the poorest regions of Morocco.
Today I'm visiting UNDP programmes in East Morocco . The Tafiladet Oasis Programme is about integrated rural development which protects the oasis ecosystems. UNDP has introduced solar power, drip irrigation, higher value medicinal and herb crops - al leading to improved livelihoods in one of Morocco's poorest regions. Ecotourism is also being supported, along with eco-education in schools. The...
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A highlight of my visit to Equatorial Guinea was visiting the Gran Caldera de Luba Scientific Reserve at the southern end of Bioko, the island on which the country's capital is located. The area has large tracts of virgin forest and great biodiversity - seven species of primates are there along with rare birds and endangered turtles. UNDP has Global Environment Facility-funded work in the...
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Just arrived in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, for annual meeting of United Nations Development Programme - UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa. Follow this visit on HelenClarkUNDP on Twitter, Instagram, & Snapchat!
I arrived in Dominican Republic yesterday for events around a UNDP social development conference. See my Snapchat story here on arrival in Santo Domingo and walking around the historic town centre last night. More to come on the conference and seeing UNDP work here! Follow me on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram on HelenClarkUNDP. Hasta la vista! PNUD República Dominicana UNDP in Latin America and...
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I loved my visit to Ecuador and having the opportunity to meet with UNDP partners. It was special to spend a day with indigenous communities north of Quito, and to see how UNDP, supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has been working through the GEF Small Grants Programme to support micro and small entrepreneurs there. Sustainable agricultural production is one area, and support...
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The horror before our eyes in Aleppo, Syria: read this very powerful statement by the UN's Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, Stephen O'Brien to the UN Security Council today. Stephen describes the hell through which civilians are living, and calls for the Security Council to act. In the sixth year of this horrible conflict, the Security Council has yet to agree on how this war can end. Meanwhile...
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I'm in Quito, Ecuador, for HABITAT3, and out and about seeing United Nations Development Programme - UNDP work on the ground. Follow my day on HelenClarkUNDP on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter! PNUD Ecuador