Over the past decade, Peru's economy has been one of the fastest growing in Latin America. The country has cut poverty and extreme poverty in half, especially in rural areas. However, not everyone has reaped the benefits of this growth. A large segment of the population is relegated to outlying neighborhoods of large cities, where poverty has been rising in recent years.
A project by UNDP and the Ministry of Environment in Panama aims to identify natural products for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries to promote sustainable and equitable use of genetic resources.
In Cuba, a UNDP programme is promoting partnerships between governments and scientific institutions in order to connect people with the knowledge they need in order to actively and consistently participate in the development of their municipality.
A resilience project in Syria has put together a 40-member team to clean up the Orontes, picking up garbage along the river banks and surrounding gardens and replanting trees and agricultural crops where possible.