Fastest Population Shift In History Means Make Or Break For Asia-PacificApr 25, 2016The 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-PacificApr 14, 2016The 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.
Gender op-ed by Douglas KehMar 13, 2016Today 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.
Afghan Women's Radio Returns After Taliban AttackMar 13, 2016KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six months after fleeing a Taliban assault on her city, the owner of an Afghan radio station devoted to women's rights is back home and returning to the airwaves. Zarghona Hassan is a lifelong activist and the founder of a radio station in Kunduz that until last year reached hundreds of thousands of listeners across northern Afghanistan, where the vast majority of women are illiterate and largely confined to their homes.
UNDP to Blackout Photos on Afghan Website for Women's DayMar 13, 2016KABUL, Afghanistan – A UN agency in Afghanistan says it will stop publishing photographs on its website to highlight the plight of Afghan women ahead of International Women's Day on March 8. Rob Few, communications chief for the UN Development Program said Sunday the move aims to draw attention to the fear many Afghan women have of the potential consequences of appearing in public.
Secretary-General's Message on International Women's Day 2016Mar 8, 2016As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained.
UNDP Re-equips Women and Youth Radio Stations in Kunduz for International Women’s DayMar 8, 2016Kunduz, 8 March 2016 – UNDP is proud to announce that local stations Sheasta Radio and Kaihan Radio will both restart broadcasting today in Kunduz. Shaesta, a radio network dedicated to women’s issues, and Kaihan, which serves youth, were both looted during the takeover of Kunduz last September, and their staff were forced into hiding. Previously they reached Kunduz and neighbouring provinces with information on how to access healthcare and education, as well as women’s legal and political rights.
Helen Clark: Speech at the launch of the 2015 Human Development ReportDec 14, 2015I am delighted to welcome you to the launch of the 2015 Human Development Report. UNDP expresses its profound gratitude to Ethiopia for hosting this launch, and for His Excellency the Prime Minister’s presence here with us today to give the keynote speech and launch the report.
UNDP Speaks Out Over Human Rights ViolationsDec 10, 2015The United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) country director for Afghanistan Douglas Keh on Wednesday raised concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan.
Human Rights Day 2015 Press CoverageDec 10, 2015On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, UNDP Country Director, Douglas Keh, praised Afghanistan for new laws promoting human rights. But the work goes on. “I would like to see Afghanistan do more,” he added. “And I would like to encourage the UN to do more to help Afghanistan.”
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