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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. Rustammore

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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 targetsmore

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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

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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 capacitymore

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, Purnamore

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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 resourcesmore

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

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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

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