Women's Empowerment

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Africa should embrace new economic giants and boost social inclusion

Lisbon — African countries should develop closer cross-border ties in dealing with traditional and emerging partners so they can boost sustainable and inclusive growth, according to the African Economic Outlook 2011, launched today. Africa´s economies have weathered the global crisis relativelymore

Countries across Asia plan ways to foster gender equality in politics

Regional conference in Mongolia tackles obstacles for women in leadership roles Ulaanbaatar -- Representatives from 11 countries across Asia developed national plans to increase women’s role in politics during a two-day regional conference in Mongolia. They concluded the event by draftingmore

Eastern Europe and Central Asia should transition toward sustainable development now or pay more in the future, says UN report

Istanbul, Turkey — Eastern Europe and Central Asia need to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in ‘green’ jobs, and establish social protection floors to ensure a sustainable future, according to the findings of a UN report launched today in Istanbul, Turkey. The report, From Transition tomore


UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas invites people to join the global conversation on Rio+20

New York — World renowned Spanish actor and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a public service announcement aiming at inviting people to join the global conversation alongside the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Developmentmore

UNDP signs new partnership agreement with Brazil

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark signed a partnership agreement in Brasilia this week with Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Ambassador Celso Amorim. The agreement reinforces UNDP’s activities in Brazil and its partnership with Brazil in international development co-operation.During hermore

Antonio Banderas, United Nations call for action on the MDGs

Madrid-Geneva - On 16 July in Madrid, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas spoke at the first meeting of an advocacy group created by the UN to spur action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In his statement during the opening session, Banderas said that his appointmentmore

Mixed picture on human development in West Bengal

West Bengal releases three District Human Development ReportsKolkata - An in-depth study of three districts in the Indian state of West Bengal reveals that where you live can determine your well-being as there are wide variations in human development between districts and also between rural andmore

Report acknowledges need for development in Iraq

 Almost a quarter of Iraqis live in poverty spending less than  2,500 Iraqi dinars (2.2 US$)  per person / day. Photo: UNDPBAGHDAD - In a report published today, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations presented the progress made in a number of areas towards achieving the eight Millenniummore

Uganda: UNDP launches Economics and Gender curriculum

Uganda’s Makerere University in conjunction with UNDP today launched a new Master of Arts focusing on economics and gender, the first of its kind in an African University.  The new Degree programme, Master of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics, is aimedmore

Stars call on citizens to get on the pitch and kick out poverty

Drogba and Zidane launch “There are no spectators, we are all Players” TV SpotNew York/Cape Town, South Africa —To kick-off the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors, Didier Drogba and Zinedine Zidane, launched anmore

HIV-positive women weavers team-up with fashion designer

New Delhi -  Internationally renowned fashion designer and former supermodel Bibi Russell has joined hands with the ethnic Bodo women of the northeastern Indian state of Assam in creating a new line of lifestyle products that will blend traditional Bodo culture and high fashion.Bibi Russell, whomore

Elected women sworn in for first time in Kuwaiti parliamentary history

VideosPublic Service Announcement: "My Voice, My Choice" | watch larger version"Women's Right to Vote" - Kuwait (Arabic) | watch larger versionKuwait City - When Majlis AlUmmah convenes in Kuwait today for its first session after the last elections, women will occupy 4 out ofmore

Taking stock of Beijing, 15 years on

Twenty-eight African Ministers in charge of Gender Affairs and more than 600 other high level participants from 43 African countries participated in a Regional Review of “Beijing + 15” from November 16th through the 20th in Banjul, the Gambia.The  purpose of the conference was tomore

Bangladeshi women migrants face abuse and health hardships abroad

UNDP report outlines policies for sending and host countries to protect migrant womenDhaka – A majority of Bangladeshi women migrants work as domestic workers in the Arab States. Many of them face physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their employers.  Subject to mandatory testing theymore

Civil war in Congo: The survivors speak out

“Tied to a tree and blindfolded, I listened to my sister sobbing and screaming while armed men raped her,” describes Sandra, a survivor of the armed conflicts that violently ravaged the Congolese population since the 1990s. Thousands of Congolese people have actually experiencedmore

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