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  • 24 May 2011
    Lebanon kick off solar powered schools

    Teachers and students are to benefit from a constant supply of electricity to their offices and classrooms following installation of solar panels.

  • 23 May 2011
    Water access boosts crop production and incomes in Sudan's rural east

    More than 1,000 farmers living in northeast Sudan now have increased harvests and income due to water irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by UNDP.

  • 20 May 2011
    Cambodia eco-tourism saves biodiversity, spurs livelihoods

    A biodiversity conservation and eco-tourism initiative in the northern plains of Cambodia has helped to spur new livelihoods for low-income villagers and to avert the demise of the White-shouldered Ibis, one of the world’s most critically endangered species.

  • 19 May 2011
    Mexico and UNDP highlight indigenous peoples’ political participation

    Democracy in many Latin American countries hinges largely on government action to uphold indigenous peoples’ rights and ensure their participation in decision-making, according to Heraldo Muñoz, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 18 May 2011
    Homophobic hate crimes on the rise, UN human rights chief warns

    Hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people are rising around the world, the UN human rights chief said today, urging governments to do much more to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • 17 May 2011
    Chhibber: Poorest countries need help to build up their resilience

    Last week, in Istanbul, over 40 heads of state from the world’s least developed countries gathered to define a new vision to reverse the profound poverty of the people living in these countries. Of the 48 least developed countries, 14 are in Asia.

  • 17 May 2011
    Human Development Indicators now on Google's Data Explorer

    Vital international development information is now available on Google via its Public Data Explorer - providing access to key data from 21 years worth of research, including the Human Development Index.

  • 16 May 2011
    As Haiti swears in President, UN calls for pact to rebuild Haiti

    Welcoming Haiti's first ever transfer of power from one democratically elected president to one from the opposition, the UN has urged the country's new leader, his Government and the people to harness the political goodwill to “rebuild together a new Haiti.”

  • 16 May 2011
    UNDP calls for action on indigenous rights

    More than 1,500 people from indigenous groups around the world will gather at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples from 16-27 May to discuss economic and social development and political participation of members of their communities who are often excluded from decision-making bodies and processes.

  • 12 May 2011
    Clark appoints Khalid Malik as head of Human Development Report

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark has appointed Khalid Malik of Pakistan as the Director of the Human Development Report Office.

  • 11 May 2011
    Tax shake-up could give poor countries head start on anti-poverty track

    Reforming how countries manage customs and tax revenues and strengthening anti-corruption and oversight measures could help reduce illicit funds flows, amounting to billions of dollars per year, from least developed countries (LDCs).

  • 10 May 2011
    Op-Ed: The renewable future

    NAIROBI: Renewable energy triggers sharply polarized views. For some, it is a costly white elephant; for others, it is humanity’s savior, promising to emancipate us (and our environment) from the “folly” of fossil fuels. So a hardheaded, credible, and, above all, impartial analysis, which would provide a much-needed dose of pragmatism and realism to the debate, is long overdue.

  • 06 May 2011
    Pro-poor initiative to boost job creation in Africa

    Cape Town, South Africa – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new initiative to boost job creation through pro-poor business development that engages low-income people in Africa as customers, employees, producers or entrepreneurs.

  • 03 May 2011
    Saudi Arabia provides US$5 million for displaced in Pakistan

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided US$5,397,300 to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for efforts in Pakistan to assist those uprooted in recent years.

  • 02 May 2011
    Response to US House Foreign Committee Chairman on UNDP

    The statement issued from your office last week about the U.N. Development Programme’s activities in Syria was apparently based on incomplete and inaccurate media reports. In light of developments in Syria, UNDP leadership had already decided to defer consideration of a new program pending further review. That decision was taken to ensure that the new program addresses the evolving development needs of the Syrian people.

  • 02 May 2011
    Election experts gather to help Arab states conduct polls

    Cairo – More than 50 experts from Arab states and from India, Mexico and South Africa gathered in Cairo to help conduct fair and transparent elections in the North African and Middle Eastern countries currently undergoing historic change.

  • 30 Apr 2011
    UNDP defers programmes for Yemen, Bahrain and Syria

  • 28 Apr 2011
    Indonesian President Yudhoyono, UN development chief meet on forests

    ndonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark in Jakarta Thursday where they discussed Indonesia’s pioneering efforts to prevent deforestation and degradation as part of a UN initiative.

  • 28 Apr 2011
    UNDP responds to Media Reports on Afghan Police Audit

    Media reports about a special audit of the Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel management systems unfairly characterize the findings of that investigation.

  • 27 Apr 2011
    Helen Clark visits REDD+ pilot initiative in Indonesia