The UN system in Iran has developed a Crisis Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP) to help with a coherent and integrated response of the COVID-19 pandemic on the vulnerable populations and communities. UNDP has launched a sub-national 'Rapid Socio-Economic Response’ initiative to support micro and small enterprises – including women entrepreneurs manufacturing personal protective equipment – and catalyze effective emergency cash transfer measures. It will provide immediate income relief to vulnerable, and severely impacted households (including women headed households), technical support and seed funding for the government in the design and roll-out of COVID-19-sensitive social protection and livelihood instruments. UNDP, in addition, is also procuring PPEs for health facilities, medical labs and frontline health workers, as requested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2020 Annual Report features UNDP’s global ideas and research on building forward better, which we tabled in 2020 to lift the ambition of global policy responses. These ideas range from introducing a temporary basic income for all people living in poverty to launching a new, planetary pressures-adjusted Human Development Index – part of UNDP’s 30th anniversary look at The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene.
The 2020 Human Development Report (HDR) doubles down on the belief that people’s agency and empowerment can bring about the action we need if we are to live in balance with the planet in a fairer world. It shows that we are at an unprecedented moment in history, in which human activity has become a dominant force shaping the planet.
The climate crisis. Biodiversity collapse. Ocean acidification. The list is long and growing longer. So much so that many scientists believe that for the first time, instead of the planet shaping humans, humans are knowingly shaping the planet. This is the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans - a new geologic epoch.
On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. UNDP has had a representative office in Iran since 1966 and has – during all this time –worked closely with its major development partners to promote sustainable human development in the country.
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When we began our work five decades ago, one in three people worldwide lived in poverty. Now? Just one in eight. Let’s finish the job.