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  • 22 Mar 2012
    Colombia: Marginalized groups increasingly involved in local governance

    Efforts to engage Colombia’s traditionally marginalized Afro-descendants and indigenous people in local government accountability processes are beginning to pay off, with increased involvement in oversight mechanisms and improved public trust.

  • 22 Mar 2012
    World Water Day 2012

    Water sustains and saves lives, but when it is unclean or contaminated, it can be deadly: water-borne infectious diseases are holding back poverty reduction and economic growth in some of the world’s poorest countries.

  • 19 Mar 2012
    Global Human Development Forum in Istanbul this week to focus on sustainability and equity as priorities for “Rio + 20” conference

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan and Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan of Turkey and will open the first “Global Human Development Forum” on March 22nd in Istanbul,

  • 16 Mar 2012
    UN Secretary General urges peaceful vote in Guinea Bissau

    The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the people of Guinea Bissau to ensure a peaceful election as voters go to the polls this Sunday to choose a new president.

  • 14 Mar 2012
    Second Arab Knowledge Report addresses future generations

    The Arab Knowledge Report 2010-2011 is the second in a series of reports that UNDP is jointly producing with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

  • 14 Mar 2012
    UNDP and India sign partnership agreement to boost development progress

    UNDP and India signed a partnership agreement today intended to leverage India’s vast development experience to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and increase its role in south-south cooperation.

  • 14 Mar 2012
    Breaking the glass ceiling in India

    India has a rich history of women in positions of power, yet the country ranks 129 out of 146 countries on the Gender Inequality Index, and women in India face barriers at all levels in areas such as food insecurity and education.

  • 13 Mar 2012
    Nepal: Training promotes peace and gets political parties talking

    Leadership training in Nepal is helping political factions engage with each other in a more productive manner as the country works to draft a new constitution and reconcile following its decade long civil war.

  • 08 Mar 2012
    New UNDP documentary shines light on political inequality in Thailand

    UNDP and the Royal Thai Government launched today March 8, International Women’s Day, The Glass Ceiling, a 30-minute documentary which depicts the challenges women face when seeking public office in Thailand, also addressing policy options to improve women’s political participation.

  • 08 Mar 2012
    Rebeca Grynspan: Rural women want what we want

    “Rural women want to have the freedom to choose a life that they value”. wrote Rebeca Grynspan, United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Chief during her Facebook chat on International Women’s Day. At UNDP’s office in New York, Ms. Grynspan replied to live questions coming in from around the world to highlight the central role rural women have in development. “They want what we want - a life with dignity, enough revenue to cover their basic needs, education and health for their children, etc.”, she wrote. During the chat, Facebook users suggested volunteering to support rural women and give them better access to education and health care.

  • 07 Mar 2012
    Sierra Leone: Saturday courts tackle gender-based violence

    Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone are having their day in court, as the judiciary now sits on Saturdays in a critical first step towards clearing an estimated 700-case backlog.

  • 05 Mar 2012
    UNDP and UNAIDS leaders begin high level joint mission in New Zealand

    The Administrator of UNDP, Helen Clark, and the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé, began a three day mission in New Zealand—the first joint mission by the two UN leaders in this Pacific country.

  • 01 Mar 2012
    Guidebook launched to promote women’s participation in politics

    With women underrepresented in high level politics and decision-making the world over, a new Guidebook produced by the UNDP and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is showing political parties how they can begin to redress this imbalance by supporting women’s participation in the electoral process.

  • 27 Feb 2012
    Zambia: Olympic Movement gives US$ 50,000 for youth sports and conservation efforts

    International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge on Saturday contributed USD 50,000 towards a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported initiative that engages Zambian youth in sports activities while promoting conservation of the environment.

  • 24 Feb 2012
    Private sector must invest in developing countries

    Washington—The world has changed tremendously in recent years, paving the way for new partnerships in development and a new role for the private sector, UNDP Assistant Administrator Sigrid Kaag said here Friday.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    Yemen takes historic step as millions vote

    After months of chaos and the ghost of civil war, Yemen marked a new chapter Tuesday as millions of Yemenis voted to end the turmoil and move towards a new future.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    Women call for peaceful elections in Senegal

    Ahead of the presidential poll on Sunday 26 February 2012, UNDP is supporting women leaders in Senegal as they work with political parties and community groups to promote a peaceful election.

  • 21 Feb 2012
    Haitian filmmaker shows "Journey of Hope"

  • 21 Feb 2012
    Yemenis head to the polls to elect president

    Yemenis head to the polls today to bring a close to more than three decades of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule. 

  • 18 Feb 2012
    UN development chief says conflict often driven by poverty

    On the last day of her visit to Niger, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark traveled to the ancient city of Agadez where armed rebellions in the 1990s led to a period marked by violence and instability, resulting in increased poverty and vulnerability for the population.