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  • First Lady Urges Bigger Role For Women In Security Institutions Nov 14, 2015

    Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani on Saturday stressed the need for women within security institutions to play a bigger role in safeguarding the nation – and women in particular. Addressing delegates at the second conference of policewomen councils in Kabul, Rula Ghani called on all female police officers to make a strong effort to ensure the safety of women in the country.

  • Afghan capital university unlikely host for women's studies program Oct 29, 2015

    A group of Afghan students gathered on the leafy campus of Kabul University this week to embark on an unlikely course - the country's first Master's degree in gender and women's studies.

  • Kabul University launches nation's first women and gender studies program Oct 18, 2015

    It's what many Afghan women were denied by years of war and Taliban repression. That includes opportunities to get an education, not to mention chances to explore fully what women do and can offer their society.

  • 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-Pacific Oct 18, 2015

    Let 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 Studies Oct 17, 2015

    Kabul — 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 Poverty Oct 17, 2015

    A 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, 2015

    I 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 prize Sep 28, 2015

    At 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, 2015

    Kabul, 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 Goals Sep 27, 2015

    Sep 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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