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  • 10 Dec 2014
    UNDP Engages Students in Observing Human Rights Day

    UNDP along with its partners celebrated with students the 66th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a daylong event featuring talks and a debate about human rights situation in Afghanistan.

  • 09 Dec 2014
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on International Anti-Corruption Day

    Corruption is a global phenomenon that strikes hardest at the poor, hinders inclusive economic growth and robs essential services of badly needed funds. From cradle to grave, millions are touched by corruption's shadow.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Youth Volunteer to Clean Kool-e-Hashmat Khan to Save Rare Birds

    Volunteers from Kabul participated in this cleaning campaign to advocate for restoration of Kool-e-Hashmat Khan, a wetland on the southeastern outskirts of Kabul City, to protect over 150 species of birds

  • 01 Dec 2014
    Message from UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on World AIDS Day

    The current Ebola crisis reminds us that fighting communicable diseases requires behaviour change, engaging communities, partnerships with government and civil society, and reducing inequalities. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital too. These lessons have been learned in the fight against HIV. If the AIDS epidemic is to be ended as a public health threat by 2030, the sense of urgency and commitment to human rights which drove the early days of the response cannot be lost.

  • 01 Dec 2014
    Secretary-General's Message for 2014 - World AIDS Day

    On this World AIDS Day, I welcome the tremendous progress the world is making in responding to the AIDS epidemic. This year, world leaders made a commitment to end AIDS by 2030. The Fast Track approach launched last week will enable us to reach this goal.

  • 25 Nov 2014
    Secretary-General's Message for 2014 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Sexual and gender-based violence is the most extreme form of the global and systemic inequality experienced by women and girls. It knows no geographic, socio-economic or cultural boundaries. Worldwide, one in three women will suffer physical or sexual violence at some point in her life, from rape and domestic violence to harassment at work and bullying on the internet.

  • 09 Nov 2014
    UNDP STATEMENT ON THE “Desk Review of UNDP Afghanistan Oversight of the Monitoring Agent of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan”

    New York City, 9 November 2014 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released today a “Desk Review of UNDP Afghanistan Oversight of the Monitoring Agent of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).”

  • 24 Oct 2014
    Secretary-General's Message for UN Day 2014

    The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll. Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines.

  • 17 Oct 2014
    Message from UNDP Administrator Helen Clark to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Each year on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we can recommit to that goal, and, in the words of the UN Secretary-General's message for this day this year, plan for a world where no-one is left behind.

  • 17 Oct 2014
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty -- and plan for a world where no-one is left behind.

  • 15 Oct 2014
    Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Rural Women

    My mother has lived her whole life in the countryside. Although she did not receive much of a formal education, I grew up appreciating her wisdom, resilience and intelligence. In the course of my subsequent public service, I came to see that these qualities are shared by millions of rural women around the world.

  • 09 Oct 2014
    Statement on recent coverage on the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) fully cooperates with its partners, including the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), on improving the transparency, accountability and oversight of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).

  • 08 Oct 2014
    UNDP global leader in transparency

    The 2014 Aid Transparency Index recognized UNDP for its “commendable performance” in publishing information beyond international standards this year, placing it first overall out of 68 major agencies evaluated worldwide.

  • 14 Sep 2014
    The Secretary-General Message on the International Day of Democracy

    As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged.

  • 20 Aug 2014
    EU keeps Afghan Police on the streets for the next two years

    Today the European Union announced its latest contribution to the Afghan National Police. Today's contribution of EUR 71,000,000 (USD 95 million) will enable the Afghan Government to continue to pay its police officers and uniformed personnel of the Central Prison Department.

  • 18 Aug 2014
    UNDP supports Afghan election audit

    The audit of nearly 23,000 ballot boxes from the recent, 14 June, run-off election for the Afghan Presidency continues apace. It is being conducted at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) compound in Kabul.

  • 31 Jul 2014
    Afghanistan peace champions announced as N-Peace Award winners

    Two peace champions from Afghanistan have been named among the winners of the 2014 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize administered by the United Nations Development programme which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    UNDP Launches the Human Development Report 2014

    Kabul, 24/July/2014 – The Global Human Development Report, UNDP’s flagship publication, was launched on the theme of “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience” in Tokyo earlier today in presence of UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, the Report’s Lead Author Khalid Malik and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • 03 Jun 2014
    Through UNDP’s Support, MoWA Recognises Achievements of Pioneers in Support of Afghan Women

    The Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recognized today the achievements of Afghan women and men as well as organizations which have supported initiatives to provide rights and opportunities for Afghan women and girls over the past twelve years.

  • 26 May 2014
    Making Environmental Education Accessible for the People of Bamyan

    The first ever Environment Centre has been established in the province of Bamyan. The centre will provide environmental information and resources to civil servants, staff of non-governmental and civil society organisations, students and the local population.