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Eco-friendly brick technique helps build a cleaner Bangladesh

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have recently introduced energy efficient, smokeless brick-making technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Bangladesh. The new device, known as the Hybrid Hoffman Kiln, was originally developed inLue lisää (englanti)

Economic crisis impact in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Turkey

The global economic crisis in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States has significantly undermined growth and threatens to set back many of the gains of the past decade. As a result, UNDP – in partnership with ILO, UNICEF and FAO – has organized a conferenceLue lisää (englanti)

Education key as voters flood polls in Sudan

A polling staff member demonstrates the two choiceson the ballot for South Sudan’s referendum on independence,“unity” or “secession”, on the second day of voting ata polling centre in El Fasher, North Darfur. (Photo: UN / Olivier Chassot)Juba – Voters in SouthernLue lisää (englanti)

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Effectiveness, coherence and results at the heart of Sweden-UNDP Partnership

Realizing an inclusive consultation process for the post-2015 human development agenda, UN coordination and development effectiveness were three issues highlighted at a meeting today between Swedish Minister of Development Gunilla Carlsson and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)Lue lisää (englanti)

Egyptians learn from transition to democracy and social, economic advances in Brazil

A delegation of Egyptian business leaders and governmental officials wrapped up a two-day visit to Brazil this week and are heading to Chile to learn how the two South American countries transitioned to democracy in the 1980’s and 1990’s respectively, following two decades of military regime. TheLue lisää (englanti)

Eighty volunteer teachers combat illiteracy in Burkina Faso

Children at an elementary school in Iolonioro (Photo: UNDP) The school year could have started better for first-level elementary course students in Iolonioro, a village located in the middle of the bush in the south-west of Burkina Faso. In fact, following the maternity leave of their teacher,Lue lisää (englanti)

El Salvador confronts urban poverty

Thirty-five years ago, Ana Iris Munoz’s grandmother left her home in the countryside of northern El Salvador for the capital city of San Salvador to seek out new and better opportunities for herself and her family. Today, Munoz lives with her mother and two small children in Zacamil colony inLue lisää (englanti)

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El Salvador: Women in parliament unite on new law against violence

A groundbreaking law aimed at halting high levels of violence against women in El Salvador, the Central American country with the world’s highest rates for murder of women, was officially made public last week following approval five months ago by the overwhelming majority of members of theLue lisää (englanti)

Election experts gather to help Arab states conduct polls

Cairo – More than 50 experts from Arab states and from India, Mexico and South Africa gathered in Cairo to help conduct fair and transparent elections in the North African and Middle Eastern countries currently undergoing historic change. The group, called Community of Practice on ElectoralLue lisää (englanti)

Election training for 35,000 Afghan police officers

Photo: Fardin Waezi (UNAMA)A major programme is underway in Afghanistan to train 35,000 police officers in time for the 20 August presidential and provincial council elections. Officers are being readied to tackle security threats and to provide the necessary cover to enable voters to come outLue lisää (englanti)

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