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UNDP welcomes creation of a composite UN entity on women

New York -  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of resolution A/63/L.103 on UN System–wide Coherence, and in particular the Assembly’s unanimous resolution to create a composite UN entity on women. This more

Women’s needs not being met in post-conflict recovery and reconstruction

New report examines conflicts in four countries and shows financing for gender equality fell far short of addressing critical gender gaps Women at a camp for displaced persons in Zam Zam, North Darfur, Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.New York -- Commemorating 10 years since the United Nationsmore

UNDP appoints Brazilian football star as Goodwill Ambassador

UNDP appoints world's top-ranked women's football player and Brazilian national, Marta Vieira da Silva as Goodwill Ambassador. (Photo: UNDP) Stockholm/New York/Geneva ―The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed the world’s top-ranked women’s football player andmore

Aceh post-tsunami rebuilding impressive, but poverty blights landscape

The people of Aceh have achieved remarkable progress in rebuilding their communities.(Photo: UNDP) Aceh – The people of Indonesia’s province of Aceh have achieved remarkable progress in rebuilding their communities following the devastating impact of the 2004 tsunami, but similarmore

Asia: Women with HIV face discrimination and lack legal protection

Port Moresby – HIV-positive women in Papua New Guinea, India and the Philippines face growing stigma and discrimination, and are inadequately protected by legal or social safety nets, according to a series of consultations by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).A brief papermore

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 economicmore

Governments must ensure women do not bear brunt of economic crisis

New York — Governments need to provide social protection and promote green jobs for women through alternative investments that provide decent employment, such as public-private and community-related partnerships, according to representatives from governments, the United Nations, civil societymore

Launch of Africa-UNiTE

“Africa-UNiTE to end Violence against Women and Girls”, the Africa component of the Secretary General’s campaign was launched on January 30th in Addis Ababa.  In a strong message read on his behalf by the under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economicmore

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UN Development Chief named one of the world's 100 most powerful women

New York – Forbes Magazine has named UN Development Chief Helen Clark one of the world’s 100 most powerful women for a ninth year, citing her focus on gender equality to promote sustainable growth and reduce poverty. “Beginning her second four-year-term as administrator of the lead agency in themore

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Indigenous peoples in Latin America improve political participation, but women lag behind, says UNDP

New York - Latin America has gone through an unprecedented mobilization of indigenous peoples in the past 20 years, but their political participation, particularly among women, is still low, according to a new study released today by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) during the 12th Session ofmore

WomenDeliver+SocialGood connects experts and innovators to discuss how new media can support women’s health and empowerment

First-ever +SocialGood event held at Women Deliver 2013  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Social Good Summit partners – the UN Development Programme, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation –  hosted today WomenDeliver+Social Good, amore

Natura Cosmeticos empowers women in Mexico

New York and Cajamar — Natura Cosméticos of Brazil, one of Latin America’s largest cosmetics firms, has pledged to provide new skills training to low-income sales representatives in Mexico as part of its commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global anti-poverty initiative backed bymore

UNDP puts forward new approach to speed up progress on MDGs

The framework identifies key barriers and practical local solutions             New York —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented today the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration Framework, an innovative approach designed to help countriesmore

2010 Human Development Report analyses long-term development trends

United Nations — Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI)more

Citizens' voices against poverty will crescendo in noises heard around the world

Citizens will make their expectations that governments achieve the millennium development goals too loud to ignore at events across the globe on September 17-19.On September 17-19, people across the globe will turn up the volume on their call for heads of state gathering at the United Nations onmore

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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.

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