Women's Empowerment

New report: Asia-Pacific has one of the world's worst gender gaps

More women than ever are “disappearing” Few countries have laws prohibiting violence against women Lack of education and paid work for women is depressing economic growth New Delhi ― While Asia and the Pacific can take pride in the region’s vibrant economic more

Google expands global access to Human Development Indicators

New data visualization tools let web users map and chart the latest HDI trends and figures for all UN member-states United Nations — In a move to provide greater global access to key human development indicators for all countries, Google’s innovative Public Data Explorer will now feature the more

UN recommits to aid, favourable market access for LDCs

UNLDC IV, Istanbul — A ten-year international action plan for 48 economically vulnerable nations was announced today by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu of Turkey on the closing day of a UN conference in Istanbul.Countries agreed in the Istanbul Programme of Action to work for favourable market more

UNDP chief concludes tour of Central Asia

Tashkent – UNDP Administrator Helen Clark concluded a three day visit to Uzbekistan today.  She met yesterday with Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, who expressed his support for the role played by UNDP in Uzbekistan’s development. While in Uzbekistan, Helen Clark also met with Mr. Rustam more

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UNDP-GEF joint project helps Cambodia save forests

UNDP and Global Environment Facility on Monday launched a new project worth over US$3.8 million to help Cambodia preserve its forests to benefit the rural poor as well as to contribute to reducing emission of green house gases into atmosphere. The “Sustainable Forest Management” project targets more

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 and more

Sierra Leone: sexual violence remains unpunished

In calling for the media to take a more pivotal role in combating Sexual and Gender based Violence (SGBV), Samuel Harbor, UNDP Deputy Country Director said, “inequalities between men and women (in Sierra Leone) are some of the worst in the world with Sierra Leone at the bottom of the UNDP more

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 Millennium more

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 her more

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 appointment more

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Football legend Zidane to visit Mali to promote anti-poverty efforts

Bamako/Geneva, New York — In his tenth year as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), football superstar Zinédine Zidane is to visit the West African nation of Mali next week to highlight the country’s efforts to cut poverty. “Today I want to help,” said Zidane, more

Asian women peace advocates receive awards for their leadership

Bangkok – The first N-PEACE awards were presented to four women peace advocates from some of the most conflict-affected countries in Asia. The N-PEACE awards were established to acknowledge women's leadership in building peace, empowering communities, and preventing conflicts. The winners, Purna more

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Mongolia’s natural resource boom must benefit all citizens, says UN Development Chief

Ulaanbaatar – The revenue generated from Mongolia’s abundant natural resources should benefit all of its citizens, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said today wrapping up her three-day official visit to the country.  “I am convinced that natural resources more

Tailoring a better life for women in Bangladesh

Achieving the MDGs, changing peoples’ livesGoal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hungerGoal 3: Promote gender equality and empower womenAleya Begum (left) at her shop in Bangladesh with her two apprentices (Photo: UNDP)With her tape measure around her neck, and sheets of cloth and strings of more

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UNDP commits to stay in Afghanistan for long haul

Kabul – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support Afghanistan to meet its development goals, said Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, today during an official visit to the country. “UNDP commits to continue building capacity more

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