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Hi I’m Achim Steiner. Welcome to this site, intended for everyone who is interested in the future of development.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a north star to guide our choices towards a better, fairer future for all. Yet as I reflect on the future of development, it seems we are entering a civilizational moment, when we must redefine what is “normal”, rethink our current paradigms and re-examine the choices we are making.

In a world of nearly 10 billion people, we can all play a role. We need to move from incremental to transformative action.

Neither UNDP nor the UN can do this in isolation. We recognise ourselves as part of a broader community that seeks to deepen the conversation and tap the wisdom and experience of those at the cutting edge of change.

This site is an evolving space to share reflections and provocations on the future of development. I hope it will provide food for thought on the choices we are all making – governments, business, individuals and societies - that can transform development in the 21st century.

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Achim Steiner’s Reflections for the Future of Development

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I hope that all of you will join us on this journey, because it is a time for reflection. It is a time for reimagining. And it is a time to rediscover… the way we think about the future of development.

- Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator

Join us on this journey and share your reflections.

How do you reimagine the future of development?

(The word cloud above will show our community’s collective reflections!)