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  • Snow leopards' return brings hope to remote Afghan region Sep 15, 2016

    WAKHAN, Afghanistan (AP) — In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on earth. The leopards range across the snowy mountains of a dozen countries in Central and South Asia, but their numbers had declined in recent decades as hunters sought their spotted pelts and farmers killed them to protect livestock. Now they appear to be thriving, thanks to a seven-year program and a newly declared national park.

  • UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific Visits Afghanistan Sep 7, 2016

    6 September 2016 – Haoliang Xu, UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, has concluded a five-day visit to Afghanistan where he met with the CEO Abdullah Abdullah, other senior government officials, development partners, UNDP Staff, and ongoing UNDP projects.

  • ASG Haoliang Xu Helps Launch SDGs in Afghanistan Sep 5, 2016

    September 5 2016, Kabul – Yesterday, on the occasion of the visit to Kabul of UNDP Regional Director in Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu, the Ministry of Economy (MoEC) of the Government of Afghanistan hosted a roundtable discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UNDP and the Global Fund sign US$8.7m grant with the Ministry of Public Health to scale up HIV prevention measures in Afghanistan Jul 13, 2016

    Kabul, July 13, 2016— The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund signed a US$8.7 million grant with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health to scale up HIV prevention measures and treatment for people most at risk of contracting the virus in Afghanistan, including injecting drugs users and prisoners.

  • Afghanistan's first Ever Short Film Contest Jun 7, 2016

    Filmmakers, actors and writers from across Afghanistan on Monday received awards in the country’s first-ever Environmental Short Films Contest, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Environmental Protection Agency and Saba TV.

  • Afghanistan’s first-ever Environmental Short Films Contest held for International Environment Day Jun 5, 2016

    Kabul, Sunday, 05 June 2016 — Filmmakers, actors and writers from across Afghanistan today received awards in the country’s first-ever Environmental Short Films Contest, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Environmental Protection Agency and Saba TV.

  • Fastest Population Shift In History Means Make Or Break For Asia-Pacific Apr 25, 2016

    The report, entitled “Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development”, notes that Asia-Pacific countries now have more working-aged people and fewer dependents than at any point in history, providing a springboard for growth. Region-wide, 68 percent of people are of working age and only 32 percent are dependents.

  • UNDP to Launch Report on People-Centered Development in Asia-Pacific Apr 14, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it will launch its new human development report “Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development,” on April 26 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • UNDP tops global index for international aid transparency for second consecutive year Apr 12, 2016

    UNDP remains the most transparent aid organisation in the world, according to a leading global ranking released today.

  • Gender op-ed by Douglas Keh Mar 13, 2016

    Today we mark International Women’s Day. In that spirit of celebration, I’d like to highlight some of the good news that we can often lose sight of when confronted with daily updates on security incidents and rights abuses. This good news can be summed up in a single sentence: despite all the challenges women still face in Afghanistan, there is no doubt that the current situation is a huge improvement over what it was in 2001.