UNDP Around the world

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  • United for a clean city

    Gregoria Cruz does not pick up waste, she recycles it. Today, many women like Gregoria have abandoned the landfills in Arequipa - Peru's second largest city - to demonstrate that recycling and waste disposal also offer opportunities for sustainable development.

  • A symphony of hope

    The National Network of Children's and Youth Orchestras and Choirs of Panama is giving hundreds of children and adolescents an opportunity to find a passion in music while staying off the streets.

  • 10 things we should all know about indigenous people

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a good time for all of us to consider why it’s important to protect indigenous peoples’ rights.

  • Women gear up for elections in Kenya

    Ahead of general elections in Kenya, UNDP is working with UN Women and OHCHR to strengthen electoral processes and empower women as candidates and voters.

  • Freed from ISIL, Mosul slowly comes back to life

    UNDP is supporting recovery efforts of the Government of Iraq in the newly liberated, second largest city.

  • Small island, big results

    The Sabana-Camagüey Ecosystem in the north of Cuba composes a mosaic of rich yet sensitive marine environments. To protect and preserve them, the establishment of partnerships between scientists, local authorities and the community has yielded promising results.

  • Feeding a family, nourishing a community

    Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan in Guatemala is highly affected by chronic malnutrition. To fight food insecurity due to population growth and climate change, UNDP has enabled the development of vegetable gardens, and works with farmers to help adapt their methods.

  • In search of water

    615,000 people are currently displaced by the drought in Somalia. The sand dam, one of the water harvesting structures built by UNDP and the Global Environment Facility, provides vital water access to families, who can in turn use the money saved toward other basic needs.

  • A home lost, found again

    The conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military has killed 20,000 people and displaced another 2 million. In February 2017, UNDP and Borno’s Ministry of Reconstruction, Resettlement and Rehabilitation started stabilizing Ngwom, clearing destroyed buildings or rehabilitation of houses and basic infrastructure.

  • Fishing for prosperity

    The island of Idjwi is a heaven of peace at the east of DRC, its isolation preventing it from being involved in the region's conflicts. Yet this small territory is also the most populated, which entails a number of economic and environmental challenges.