UNDP Around the world

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  • Protecting our planet's lungs

    As a member of Boca Isiriwe, one of the 10 native communities in this protected territory, Cirila defends the largest, most intact primary forest in Peru’s Southern Amazon region from the ravages of mining and illegal logging. The Amarakaeri Communal Reserve is source of livelihoods for more than 1,700 indigenous people.

  • Armenian women take the political stage

    In the small village of Getik, Arpine Gyulumyan runs a bed and breakfast with her family. But she is also an engineer, a social worker, and a community council member.

  • Breaking the silence

    Through it's Transitional Justice Fund, UNDP supports and empowers victims of sexual violence in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia, preceding the peace treaty between the Colombian government and FARC rebels.

  • All access Afghanistan

    In a student hostel in Jalalabad, Afghanistan something extraordinary is taking place. A young woman sits on her hostel bed, bent over a textbook. This is Abida, and she is training to be a nurse in a country where most women haven't finished primary school.

  • #RefugeesWelcome: helping the helpers

    There are now more people on the move – 244 million – than at any time since the end of World War II. Some 65 million are forcibly displaced, including 40.8 million internally displaced people, over 21 million refugees and more than 3 million asylum seekers.

  • Yazidi women find economic independence

    The Dost Bakery is a small cake business that opened in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) in the autumn of 2015. The bakery is run by 10 friends, which are all women displaced by ISIS that are now living in and around the Sharia Camp near the city of Dohuk.

  • In Kosovo*, technology reduces crime and violence

    In 2015, UNDP through the KOSSAC project provided advanced technical equipment to the Kosovo Police to help them fight crime. According to a recent survey, 50 percent of households still possess firearms, many of them illegal.

  • Glimmers of hope in the eastern Congo

    Survivors of sexual violence find support through the Tupinge Ubakaji programme.

  • Sowing the seeds of a green revolution

    Each year, more than 100,000 new jobseekers enter the already saturated labour market. Meet three young entrepreneurs who are creating jobs and making agriculture more sustainable in Benin.

  • In Mexico, youth leaders tackle problems in their communities

    The UNDP-supported #JuventudActúaMX platform has provided training for 470 youth from 20 states in Mexico and has created a network of young leaders across the country.