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  • 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.

  • Helen Clark: Statement on the Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals Sep 25, 2015

    I welcome this momentous decision by Member States to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals which will guide development for the next fifteen years, offering a chance to meet the global citizenry's aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous, and sustainable future.

  • Helen Clark: Statement at 2015 International Day of Democracy ‘Space for Civil Society’ Sep 15, 2015

    At the heart of the idea of democracy is the notion that people’s engagement in public life is fundamentally a force for good which leads to the betterment of society. This engagement takes place through electoral processes, political party membership, and representation in political offices, as well as in independent spaces outside formal institutions.

  • The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge calls for enterprises to build peace through both business and social impact Aug 27, 2015

    Bangkok ‒ The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 is now open for applications to encourage Impact Enterprises (IEs) to show how they are building peace through market-based solutions for development challenges. Six IEs will win the Challenge and get a chance to showcase their work at a special UNDP-hosted event in New York.

  • Helen Clark: Statement on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan Aug 3, 2015

    I welcome President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, an ambitious agenda to cut carbon emissions which fuel climate change. UNDP is committed to supporting climate change action, and currently works in more than 140 countries on greenhouse emissions reductions and/or adaptation to climate change.

  • Two Afghan Women Reclaim Their Lives After Beating a Severe Type of Tuberculosis Jul 23, 2015

    Kabul, Afghanistan— A tiny woman with sunken eyes and her head covered with a scarf waits patiently in a queue to take her medicine for tuberculosis (TB). Benafsha Mamonyar is in her early twenties and always dreamed of becoming a teacher. But this dream fell apart when she was 18 and contracted TB from a classmate in her hometown, Pulekhumri, a city in northeastern Afghanistan.

  • Ministry of Interior Affairs and UNDP Sign New LOTFA Agreement Jun 30, 2015

    The Ministry of Interior Affairs of Afghanistan (MOIA) today announced the approval of an 18-month extension of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan.

  • New leadership: UNDP Country Director arrives today Jun 17, 2015

    As Country Director, Douglas leads UNDP Afghanistan and provides direction to its activities so that they contribute to achieving large-scale and lasting transformative change in partnership with the Government of Afghanistan.

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