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Biomimicry and COVID-19 response

Biomimicry is as relevant to the health of our planet as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Over millions of years of competition and adaptation, nature has produced the ultimate medicines and…  


The secrets of biomimicry: How nature could give us innovative ideas

Nature has already found solutions to many of the problems and global challenges we face. Animals, plants and germs are outstanding engineers. After billions of years of “research and design,” nature…  


Community Safari launches experiments to bring change

On 15-16 November 2019, UNDP together with the Agents of Change and Green Wave NGOs, organized a Community Safari – a hunt to identify problems and explore nature-based solutions in cities!  


Starting a nature-based revolution in Ukraine

The COVID-19 global pandemic shows that we're capable of mobilizing as a community to respond to life-threatening issues. We can see the power of the “collective” emerging throughout the world: from…  


Accelerator Lab and the Case of the Foul Fog

We quickly found that there are seasonal declines in air quality in Kyiv and other parts of central Ukraine. While not usually accompanied by thick fog, these bouts of air pollution tend to peak in…  


Bridging the Digital Divide in Ukraine: A human-centric approach

The successes of Ukraine’s hi-tech present mask a problem that could grow in the future: There is a widening gap between old and young, men and women, and urban and rural people with regard to access…  


Can we learn from nature to improve our urban environments?

Across the world, cities are growing bigger. By 2050, according to UN estimates, approximately 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. The general migration from rural to urban…  


People, Policies, Planet: The three ‘P’s guiding UNDP in Ukraine’s Accelerator Lab

It’s been two months since we launched UNDP’s Accelerator Lab in Ukraine. It’s been a bumpy ride from a naive first day of thinking “We’re going to change the world right now” and “Let’s design a…  

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