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  • Haoliang Xu: Speech on "The Changing Role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific" at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs Feb 16, 2017

    Thank you all for coming here today. It is great to be back at SIPA, my alma mater. Thank you to Professor Stephen Noerper for organizing this lecture. I would like to talk about development as part of a solution to the challenges you are discussing, peace and security. While development is not a cure for all ills, it can address some of the root causes of instability and conflict.

  • Can You Dig It? UNDP Talks Mining and Human Development in Afghanistan Jan 25, 2017

    This year, UNDP’s Afghanistan Human Development Report focusses on how to make sure all Afghans benefit from the estimated US$1 trillion or more of mineral wealth lying underground. With declines likely in foreign aid over the coming years, the huge potential of the extractive industry is more important than ever. But investment is held back by instability, conflict, corruption, terrorism and lack of capacity.

  • Human Rights Day 2016 Dec 11, 2016

    Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights. Skidding down the snow-blanketed slopes of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, 18-year-old Hasani for years suffered hostility and abuse from passing men unaccustomed to unveiled women dressed in figure-hugging ski suits.

  • International Volunteer Day 2016, UNDP Brought Youth to Restore Qargha Lake Dec 7, 2016

    For International Volunteer Day 2016, UNDP brought hundreds of young men and women together to restore Qargha Lake, one of Kabul’s most beautiful areas. Participants included sports champions, poets, civil society members, artists and cultural figures. Together they helped restore the environment and spread the spirit of volunteering.

  • Women Volleyball Tournament to Take Part in 16 Days of Activism to EVAW Dec 4, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Afghan Red Crescent Society organized a volleyball tournament for young women at Kabul University’s Gymnasium from Nov 29 – Dec 01, 2016 to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Five leading Kabul women teams competed to become volleyball champions during the contest. The tournament attracted around 400 spectators every day, mostly students from the university, as well as youth and civil society activists. The winning team received the Kabul Women Volleyball Cup of the Year on the last day of the tournament.

  • “Fly Afghanistan” Kite Running Festival Dec 1, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Economy held a kite running festival on Nov 25th - 2016 in Kabul. Over six hundreds of people including men and women, youths, media, civil society activist and government figures participated. The festival offered free kites to participants in order to promote the Sustainable Development Goals– a set of 17 development targets agreed to by all 193 countries in the United Nations to protect the environment and make the world a fairer, safer and healthier place.

  • Asia’s First Zero-Waste, Zero-Emission Business Forum in Singapore Nov 15, 2016

    Singapore, Tuesday 15 November 2016 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives, Singapore will welcome over 600 business & sustainability leaders, senior government officials, UN agencies, NGOs from across the globe for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development (RBF) in Singapore on 22-24 November 2016.

  • Climate Change Fuels Insurgency in Afghanistan Nov 15, 2016

    After two winters without snow, Kabul residents are anxiously scouring the hills for the first flakes, wary that the depletion of this major source of water further fuels instability in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Historically speaking, a snowless year is highly unusual for this ancient capital, built 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) above sea-level in the foothills of the Hindu Kush. "Kabul can be without gold but not without snow", according to a local proverb. But as the world gets warmer, that is changing.

  • United Nations holds first business forum on Sustainable Goals in Asia Nov 3, 2016

    The Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives. Over 600 international business, government and NGO leaders will deep-dive into UN Sustainable Development Goals on 22-24 November in Singapore

  • Aimal Khaurin on Shamshad TV’s Henna Show Nov 2, 2016

    UNDP environment expert Aimal Khaurin explains how we fund local people to protect the environment on famous kids' show, Henna.

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