Our Stories

  • Afghan youth vote in historic elections

    The Afghan elections on April 5th saw a massive turnout of 58 percent, mainly youth and women, illustrating the importance of these elections for Afghan people.

  • Afghanistan: Women gain access to clean water

    UNDP is helping women participate in decisions affecting their communities and many are reaping the benefits with cleaner water.

  • 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.

  • Armenian women find the recipe for success in local politics

    A joint EU-UNDP Women in Local Democracy project helps women in Armenia to participate more actively in governing their communities.

  • 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.

  • Band-e-Amir: Amazing, beauty awesome challenges

    A biodiversity project in Afghanistan works with residents of the park on interventions that address immediate needs but also the long-term future of Band-e-Amir and Afghanistan’s other vulnerable areas of natural importance.

  • Bangladesh: Empowering women to fight poverty

    The story of Shyamola Begum is one personal example of how Bangladesh has slashed its poverty by half.

  • Bangladesh: Transforming life in the slums

    A poverty-reduction programme offers poor urban communities resources, knowledge and skills to increase their income, as well as spaces to mobilise and create community development committees.

  • Breaking the glass ceiling in Pakistan

    Pakistan's Women's Parliamentary Caucus is working to promote gender-sensitive legislation and reform discriminatory laws and practices.

  • Breaking the silence

    UNDP supports and empowers victims of sexual violence in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia.

  • An HIV milestone achieved in Cuba

    This is a momentous moment for us working in Cuba. The World Health Organization recently declared that Cuba had eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. Cuba is the first country to reach this goal and it is a great milestone for us. But it is also a landmark in the response to HIV globally. How was Cuba able to achieve this? Cuba’s comprehensive health system is available for all Cuban citizens equally, and is effective in integrating the health care of mothers and children with the management of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

  • An opportunity for women’s equality

    The Beijing Platform envisages a world where every woman and girl can exercise their freedoms and choices and realize all their rights, including the rights to live free from violence, be educated, exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights choices, participate in decision-making, and earn equal pay for work of equal value. Now, in 2015, there is a new opportunity to establish gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, as both critical issues in their own right and as essential foundations for inclusive and sustainable development.

  • Annual Report 2001

    The UNDP of the 21st Century is now focusing much less on traditional project work.

  • This annual report highlights a range of their key achievements in 2009, striving to deliver on UNDP’s HOPE agenda, one that helps restore healthy societies after a crisis occurs, provides opportunities for the poorest and most vulnerable, protects communities from violence, and empowers women to meaningfully contribute to their country’s recovery.

  • Antonio Banderas launches appeal to End Violence Against Women

    Film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a global video appeal to end violence against women in recognition of International Women’s Day.

  • Antonio Banderas, United Nations call for action on the MDGs
  • Arab Human Development Report 2009

    Arab Human Development Reports (AHDRs) engage institutions and citizens in the Arab countries in global concerns so as to build understanding and consensus around regional and national development priorities.

  • Arab States

    MDG Reports: Arab States Region: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

  • Are women and girls more vulnerable to tuberculosis and malaria?

    Are tuberculosis (TB) and malaria still a widespread threat? Popular belief says no. But, in fact, they are still grave health challenges that need more attention, especially in how they are affected by gender. The World Health Organization recently reported that TB now ranks alongside HIV as the leading cause of death from infectious disease. And the disease has a disproportionate effect on women. Today, TB kills more women globally than any other single infectious disease, and more women die annually from TB than from all causes of maternal mortality combined. Some TB symptoms can also affect men and women in profoundly different ways. For example, women have a higher prevalence of genital TB, which is difficult to diagnose and has been identified as an important cause of infertility in settings with high TB incidence.

  • Armed with soap, Guinean women take the fight against Ebola into their own hands

    A thunder of motorbikes, pedestrians and taxis is pushing into Dibida Market, in the centre of Kankan City, in the North of Guinea. A group of women traders is setting up shop, arranging a mobile display of soap. Sunday in this Muslim town is the first day of the working week. People arrive from all the surrounding districts, buyers and sellers crushed in between stalls.

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