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  • 24 May 2012
    Strong partnerships with civil society crucial to post-2015 development agenda

    UNDP is committed to ensuring a broad inclusive process of consultations at country level to generate debate and civil society views on the post-2015 development agenda, Administrator Helen Clark told a group of civil society leaders.

  • 24 May 2012
    Khartoum Declaration fosters new cooperation

    The Regional Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control concluded on May 23rd with the agreement of Sudan, Central African Republic,Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya to improve their cooperation and coordination through the creation of a regional mechanism that will aim to control, manage and safeguard against the proliferation of small arms and illegal trafficking of weapons.

  • 23 May 2012
    Community finds voice in first Afghan Police Film Festival

    Sixteen short films by award-winning Afghan filmmakers depicting the efforts and triumphs of the police force as well as citizens’ expectations and aspirations for law and order in Afghanistan competed in the country’s first ever Police Film Festival, held in Kabul 16-20 May.

  • 21 May 2012
    UNDP helps Haiti and Dominican Republic reforest shared border

    n the Haiti-Dominican Republic border more than 300 hectares of land—equivalent to 740 football fields— have been reforested, one year after the launch of a UNDP initiative with both countries.

  • 17 May 2012
    Helen Clark: In more than seventy countries, homosexuality is still criminalized

    Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). It commemorates the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. That was indeed a milestone, and since then there has been much progress.

  • 14 May 2012
    New jobs help Kenyans to fight hunger, food shortages

    The people of Namelok in Kenya's Amboseli region have had to learn to adapt to change. They are ethnic Maasai and traditionally keep livestock, but successive droughts have decimated many of their animals, so they broke with tradition and now cultivate tomatoes, maize and beans.

  • 13 May 2012
    UNDP sets the record straight on Afghanistan fund

    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has strong institutional oversight and accountability mechanisms in place to minimize the risks of fraud in Afghanistan, where we—like other international agencies and NGOs—operate in an extremely challenging environment.

  • 13 May 2012
    UNDP Chief visits IT incubation centre in Kenya

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visited a technological innovation centre in Kenya's capital Nairobi ahead of the launch of the Africa Human Development Report on 15 May.

  • 11 May 2012
    Boosting indigenous peoples' political participation crucial for development, says UNDP

    Around 100 officials from Mexico and other Latin American countries, indigenous peoples’ representatives and non-governmental organizations gathered in New York during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples (7-18 May) to discuss how to increase indigenous peoples’ political participation—especially women.

  • 08 May 2012
    UNDP congratulates Goodwill Ambassadors Casillas, Zidane, Drogba

    Iker Casillas, Didier Drogba and Zinédine Zidane – all UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors for the fight against poverty and the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals – recently made UNDP proud on the pitch last week.

  • 07 May 2012
    Tokelau aims for 100% renewable energy in 2012

    Pacific Island Countries are among the most petroleum-dependent nations and territories in the world. However, Tokelau, a group of 3 small atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, will be the first to meet its electricity needs entirely through renewable energy by the end of 2012.

  • 03 May 2012
    UNDP chief calls for resilience-based development

  • 03 May 2012
    Thailand and neighbouring countries to boost migrants’ access to HIV treatment

    Irrespective of their status, thousands of migrants from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar who live with HIV in Thailand will have better access to key services and antiretroviral therapy following commitments made by these countries during a regional conference that took place on April 24-25.

  • 25 Apr 2012
    Qatar and UNDP finalize agreement to set up Arab region anti- corruption initiative in Doha

    UNDP’s "Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries" project brings together multiple stakeholders in the Arab region, including governments, civil society organizations, businesses and international development partners, to take collective action against corruption.

  • 24 Apr 2012
    Jordan first Arab country free of landmines

    Today, Jordan marked a historical milestone. It is the first country in the Middle East to meet the deadline set by the Ottawa Mine-Ban Treaty and declare itself free of landmines.

  • 20 Apr 2012
    Northern Uganda: Peace and incomes help to boost recovery

    n the six years since the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group was driven out of the country, the improved security in northern Uganda is enabling tens of thousands of conflict-affected people to rebuild their lives by earning incomes from small businesses, and gaining access to land for agriculture.

  • 19 Apr 2012
    UN hosts the world premiere of ‘One Day on Earth’

    On 22 April 2012 – Earth Day - the feature length documentary film produced by One Day on Earth will be screened on the same day in over 170 countries worldwide, in collaboration with over 80 UNDP Country Offices.

  • 19 Apr 2012
    Temporary employment boosts early recovery from Fiji floods

    A temporary employment programme will initially support 260 flood affected in Fiji—70 percent of them women—hiring them for an initial period of 20 working days to help rebuild their livelihoods and directly involve them in their communities’ recovery efforts.

  • 19 Apr 2012
    Egyptians learn from transition to democracy and social, economic advances in Brazil

    A delegation of Egyptian business leaders and governmental officials wrapped up a two-day visit to Brazil this week and are heading to Chile to learn how the two South American countries transitioned to democracy in the 1980’s and 1990’s respectively, following two decades of military regime.

  • 18 Apr 2012
    Energy subsidies in the Arab world costly & inefficent -- report