Women's Empowerment

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Driving African development through gender equality and empowering women

Yokohama – Africa’s first and only women presidents joined UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on Sunday in calling for women and girls to be front and centre in Africa’s development agenda. “Women are at the center of our hopes for Africa,” said President Joyce Banda of Malawi, speaking at a panelmore

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


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

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

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 themore

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 marketmore

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


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

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


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


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

UNDP chief calls for end to violence against women

On International Women’s Day, Helen Clark Says Much Work Remains New York — UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called Friday for scaled-up efforts globally to stop violence against women, calling it a weapon of war in much of the world and a major obstacle to equality andmore

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

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

Post-2015 goals must prioritise sexual, reproductive health, rights, and gender equality, UNDP Chief says

Kuala Lumpur – UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark spoke at the Women Deliver conference today on the importance of a renewed global development agenda giving priority to sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and women's empowerment. Life has changedmore

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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.

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

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