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Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner

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Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is a co-chair of the UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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  1. Myanmar’s Young Demand Their Future
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    Myanmar’s Young Demand Their Future

    Apr 8, 2021 Achim Steiner explains the powerful motives sustaining the recent protests.

  2. Digital Finance for a Fairer Post-Pandemic World
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    Digital Finance for a Fairer Post-Pandemic World

    Sep 3, 2020 Maria Ramos & Achim Steiner identify five ways in which powerful new technologies can enable citizens to drive sustainable development.

  3. The Digital Path to Citizen-Centric Finance
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    The Digital Path to Citizen-Centric Finance

    May 21, 2020 Achim Steiner & Maria Ramos explain how disruptive new technologies can foster more inclusive and sustainable development.

  4. Harnessing the Digital Revolution for Sustainable Development
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    Harnessing the Digital Revolution for Sustainable Development

    Dec 17, 2018 Maria Ramos & Achim Steiner highlight the broad systemic impact on development of innovations like mobile banking and big data.

  5. Making the Business Case for Gender Equality
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    Making the Business Case for Gender Equality

    Feb 27, 2018 Achim Steiner & Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka say a UN meeting in Chile this week could advance strategies for improving gender parity in the workplace.

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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach

    For more than two decades, the China Development Forum was a meeting where foreign business, political, and academic leaders could debate the state of the Chinese economy with the country’s highest leaders. But this year’s gathering eschewed open and honest dialogue, in favor of telling only “good stories” about China.

    bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab

    Iván Duque Márquez highlights the current government’s unique approach to managing its renewable and non-renewable resources.
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    Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots

    Sławomir Sierakowski interprets the seemingly mixed results of recent municipal and provincial elections in Poland.

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