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  • Fast Facts: Mine Action

    After a conflict has ended, landmines can continue to claim lives, impede development and create a feeling of fear and insecurity. In addition to death and injuries, when landmines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war obstruct roads and poison fields, they threaten productivity, basic social services and access to property and vital infrastructure, including schools and health centers.

  • Fast Facts: Ozone and Climate Change

    The Montreal Protocol is an international environmental agreement that aims to protect the earth’s ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS). UNDP provides technical and policy advisory services, supports capacity-building, technology transfer, technical assistance and training, helping countries make progress towards a low carbon economy.

  • Fast Facts: Parliamentary Development

    Viable democracy and open society depend on effective lawmaking, oversight and representation — the three chief functions of parliaments. Parliaments are pillars of democratic governance, with a critical role in spurring and sustaining national action towards the Millennium Development Goals. They can be powerful agents of change, particularly during and after times of crisis.

  • Fast Facts: Poverty Analysis and Monitoring

    Poverty and Social Impact Analysis helps governments to understand the impact their policy decisions have on the poor, as well as to anticipate the negative consequences of such policies and allow those most affected by policy choices to be heard. Yet, many developing countries currently lack consistent, reliable and timely data on poverty and inequality.

  • Fast Facts: Poverty Reduction

    UNDP focuses its poverty reduction efforts on supporting countries to accelerate progress towards MDGs and making growth and trade work for everyone. Protecting advances that have already been made, as well as accelerating and sustaining progress requires far-reaching changes. In the face of global shocks, crises and climate change, reducing the vulnerability of nations takes on renewed importance.

  • Fast Facts: Poverty Reduction and Local Development

    Achievements toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are often made through local actions – in villages and towns, provinces and regions. Local actors – community leaders, local government officials, civil society activists, farmers and entrepreneurs – know best what does and does not work in their communities and they should have the voice and support they need to work their way towards a better life. At the same time, local development should be embedded in the national development process.

  • Fast Facts: Private Sector

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognizes that many of the world's development challenges can be overcome with the help of vibrant economic growth driven by private enterprises that create jobs, generate tax revenues and provide vital goods and services for the world's poor. Towards this end, UNDP works with the private sector to harness the transformative power of market forces for the benefit of disadvantaged people globally.

  • Fast Facts: Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery

    UNDP's programme Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery (PPPSD) supports developing countries in their efforts to create a conducive environment for pro-poor PPPs which increase access to basic services.

  • Fast Facts: Rule of Law- building peace through justice & security

    More than 1.5 billion people around the world live in countries affected by violence and insecurity. Conflict and violence are major symptoms of a breakdown in the rule of law, and more broadly in state-society relations. Where the rule of law breaks down, tyranny, poverty and instability prevail, violence begets violence, and abusers commit crimes with impunity.

  • Fast Facts: Southern Sudan

    The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that brought to an end two decades of civil war in Sudan stipulated that a referendum on self-determination for South Sudan and a referendum on the status of Abyei should be held simultaneously on 9 January, 2011.

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