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.
UNDP, UN Women sign up for closer cooperation
May 25, 2015
Kabul – UN Women and UNDP today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to harmonize projects and streamline operations, fundraising and reporting. “This agreement sees UNDP and UN Women join forces to ride the current wave of high-level political commitment to gender equality,” said Ercan Murat, Country Director for UNDP Afghanistan. By working in tandem, we are much better positioned to help the government turn this commitment into results.”
Helen Clark: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, 17 May 2015
May 15, 2015
New York, New York