Women's Empowerment

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UN Team of Experts: Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict Annual Report 2013

For years the use of sexual violence in war was a taboo subject that occupied the margins of the international peace and security debate. It was a crime that was dismissed as an unfortunate byproduct of war and the inevitable collateral damage of conflict. In the last 15 years, however, themore


The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

This report examines the latest progress towards achieving the MDGs. It reaffirms that the MDGs have made a profound difference in people’s lives. Global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe. Ninety per cent of children in developing regions now enjoy primary education,more


Improving Women's Access to Justice

In 2011, as part of a broader reflection on and assessment of the UN’s provision of rule of law assistance, the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee requested a mapping exercise to measure the extent to which the primary UN entities engaged in access to justice work in conflict-affected settingsmore


Engendering Access to Justice - Grassroots Women’s Approaches to Securing Land rights

This report presents grassroots women’s approaches to access justice with focus on land and property rights in Africa. This community empowerment-based research undertaken by the Huairou Commission and its partner groups across seven African countries – Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda,more



We hope that the publication of this Guide will help the UN system, including UN Country Teams, Gender Theme Groups, UN entities and national stakeholders to improve the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of joint gender programmes. In this Guide we have compiled bestmore


Fast Facts: Gender Equality and UNDP

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are human rights that are key components of development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Yet, despite progress in recent years, women and girls account for six out of 10 of the worlds poorest and two-thirds of the world's illiterate people.more


Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations

Conflict is a strong predictor of future violence. When countries fail to establish the rule of law, justice and security after a conflict or crisis, the chances of recurrent violence are very high. Through the Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of law in Crisis-Affected and Fragilemore


UNDP Global Programme 2014-2017

The Global Programme supports countries to achieve the eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.  The Global Programme is the architecture that allows UNDP to provide coherent global policy advice and programme support services, based on country andmore


Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017

Gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of UNDP’s development mandate. First and foremost, gender equality is a matter of human rights. It is also a driver of development progress. Unless women and girls are able to fully realize their rights in all spheres of life, humanmore


Gender and Climate Change - Africa

One of the pressing challenges in addressing the gender dimensions of climate change in developing countries is the need for greater national expertise on gender and climate change and on broader issues of sustainable development. In response to this challenge, UNDP has developed a series of policymore


Empowering Lives, Building Resilience

This publication features success stories from countries where UNDP support has resulted in transformative changes, including by fostering the growth of institutional and human capacities.   To qualify as a transformational success, a story needed to demonstrate tangible and sustainablemore


Guidance Note Gender Sensitive REDD+

This Guidance Note aims to promote gender sensitive REDD+ processes as well as also support UN-REDD Programme partner countries and stakeholders in the preparation, development and implementation of gender sensitive national REDD+ strategies. Through five components, it provides the rationale formore


The Millennium Development Report 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history, the report says. Significant and substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the targets—including halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and the proportion of peoplemore


Toward Sustainable Development for All in Africa

  Over the years, UNDP has strengthened its partnership with Japan to accelerate sustainable human development in Africa. Our partnership has helped to consolidate peace, advance democratic governance and bolster human security across the continent. TICAD has also helped Africa to develop themore


The Development Advocate: Afghanistan Edition

The Afghanistan Edition of the Development Advocate showcases stories from successful projects in the UNDP's largest country programme.   "All the stories of our projects there, some bigger in scope than others, have at their core the common aspirations of a people yearning to make theirmore

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UNDP Global Programme
2014 to 2017

The Global Programme is the architecture that allows UNDP to provide coherent global policy advice and programme support services, based on country and regional programme experiences and drawing on the pool of evidence, knowledge and expertise gained by UNDP across all development settings.

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UNDP's Annual Report
New Partnerships for Development

Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources.

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Fast Facts
Gender Equality and UNDP

The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women is central to the mandate of the United Nations Development Programme. Gender equality, centered in human rights, is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development.

Fast Facts: Gender in Crisis Countries

UNDP works to expand women’s citizenship, participation and leadership, and advance women as decision-makers.

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Knowledge Exchange

Teamworks is UNDP's knowledge sharing exchange that allows development professionals to gain and share knowledge

Human Development Data

Human Development Index (HDI) figures are available as part of the Google Public Data Explorer tool.