UNDP in Focus 2014-2015 highlights our key actions over the past year and their impact on the lives of beneficiaries around the world. The report also outlines the ongoing restructuring process that will ensure UNDP is fit for purpose in the new post-2015 landscape.
Helen Clark: Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against WomenNov 25, 2015Violence against women occurs on every continent and in every country, making it one of the most pervasive human rights violations around the world. The statistics are disheartening: 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.
UNDP Administrator Visits AfghanistanNov 18, 201518 Nov 2015 – Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, has concluded a three-day visit to Afghanistan where she met with the President, senior government officials, development partners and civil society.
Joint Press Release: Independent Directorate of Local Governance and UNDP Launch New Local Governance ProjectNov 14, 2015Kabul, November 14, 2015 — The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan today launched a new five-year project that will strengthen government institutions at provincial and district levels to deliver improved public services.
Helen Clark: Speech at Opening of UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific Meeting on UNDP’s role in supporting implementation of the new global agendas in the Asia-PacificOct 18, 2015Let me begin by expressing my deep appreciation to the Government of Malaysia for hosting this meeting. UNDP and its predecessor organisations have enjoyed a strong partnership with Malaysia since the early days of its independence. We began working with the government to improve public services and lift living standards through training and building capacities. Malaysia has moved a long way from its birth in 1957 to the upper middle income status it enjoys today.
Kabul University Introduces First-Ever Master’s Programme in Gender and Women’s StudiesOct 17, 2015Kabul — Today Kabul University launches a first-of-its-kind gender and women’s studies master’s programme to create a platform for training future advocates of gender equality, generate research on gender, violence against women and underprivileged groups, and raise awareness about men’s and women’s social responsibilities. The programme has been designed with UNDP Afghanistan’s technical guidance and generous funding from the Republic of Korea.
Helen Clark: Statement on the International Day for the Eradication of PovertyOct 17, 2015A few weeks ago, world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), setting a bold new development agenda for the next 15 years. At the heart of this agenda is a commitment “to eradicate poverty everywhere, in all its forms and dimensions, by 2030”. With this goal, humanity’s long-held aspiration to end the scourge of poverty and hunger is within reach. We can be the first generation to succeed in eradicating poverty.
Haoliang Xu: “The Future of Development Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific” Speech prepared for a lecture at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on October 5, 2015 in Washington DC.Oct 5, 2015I am delighted to join you today at this important seminar on the Future of Development Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific aimed at implementing the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) – also known as the Global Goals. I thank Professor Cinnamon Dornsife, former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank for the warm welcome and introduction, and thank you also to the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University for organising this lecture.
Community initiative from Afghanistan wins UN prizeSep 28, 2015At a press conference held on Monday, September 21st, leaders from the United Nations joined Academy Award-nominated actor and activist Alec Baldwin to announce the 21 winning initiatives of this year’s Equator Prize, an international award that recognizes outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty, protect nature and strengthen resilience in the face of climate change.
New Goals. New power. New technology”: 2015’s Social Good Summit in Kabul focuses on the new Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals)Sep 28, 2015Kabul, September 28, 2015 — Afghanistan’s Social Good Summit opens today in Kabul to raise awareness of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, which is being organized by UNDP Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) and Saba TV, will be attended by more than 100 students, civil society activists, development practitioners and government counterparts. It will showcase creative development projects and feature a panel discussion with development experts on how the SDGs relate to Afghanistan.
Douglas Keh, Op-Ed: Afghanistan and the Sustainable Development GoalsSep 27, 2015Sep 27, 2015 — On September 25, world leaders from 193 nations including Afghanistan endorsed an ambitious agenda for global change called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs represent a fifteen-year agenda (2015-2030) to guide the international community in our shared efforts to achieve three objectives: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the UN General Assembly, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, committed to pursuing these goals together with Afghanistan’s development partners.
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Results in Focus
During 2013, UNDP Afghanistan remained committed to maintaining a close working relationship with Afghanistan’s government and people. It reorganised its work around the areas of inclusive and legitimate politics; sub-national governance and development; rule of law; and the cross-cutting areas of gender, capacity development, and poverty and the environment. In this context, projects were implemented and results achieved in the areas of peacebuilding, rule of law, democratic governance, poverty reduction and livelihoods, and managing resources for sustainability and resilience. For more information, please download the full report. English PDF