Women's Empowerment

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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


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

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


Thousands turn out in 160 countries for world premier of ‘One Day on Earth’

New York—A feature-length documentary film that captures scenes from life in every country in the world —all in one day on 10 October 2010—  was screened in 160 countries on Earth Day, April 22, 2012. Theaters were filled to capacity from Andorra to Zimbabwe, including the famed Mann Chinesemore

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


UNDP- IKEA Foundation expand partnership to build self-reliance of 2.2 million women in India

New Delhi:  The IKEA Foundation has committed €30 million (approximately US$40 million) for a programme to empower 2.2 million poor rural women in India.  This will allow the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to reach these millions of women and their families in approximatelymore

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

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

UNDP salutes anti-poverty heroes in annual photo contest

Photographers from India, Pakistan and Viet Nam win top prizes Amateur Category: Winner Goal 1, Overall First Prize Tran Vinh Nghia, Viet Nam Fishermen bring in the daily catch in south-eastern Viet Nam. New York—A photograph of female andmore

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

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

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

UNDP Global Programme
2014 to 2017

The Global Programme is the architecture that allows UNDP to provide coherent global policy advice and programme support services, based on country and regional programme experiences and drawing on the pool of evidence, knowledge and expertise gained by UNDP across all development settings.

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New Partnerships for Development

Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources.

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Fast Facts
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.

Fast Facts: Gender in Crisis Countries

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

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Knowledge Exchange

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Human Development Data

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