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 Park rangers in Band-e-Amir National Park, where UNDP runs projects with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Global Environment Fund’s Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) to protect the environment and provide clean energy to local residents. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / Rob Few / 2015
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Faster TB diagnosis in Kabul Nov 2, 2016

    UNDP has provided Maiwand Hospital with a Digital X-Ray Imaging Facility. Faster diagnosis helps stop the spread of TB.

  • Douglas Keh’s Exclusive Interview with 8am Daily Oct 25, 2016

    “World would be a better place if women were leading it,” said Douglas Keh, UNDP Country Director in an exclusive interview with 8am Daily.

  • Gender and Women's Studies at Kabul University Oct 10, 2016

    In 2015, Kabul University and UNDP launched Afghanistan’s first-ever Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies. UNDP also inaugurated a Gender Resources Center within the faculty, equipped with computers, books and research materials.

  • Snow leopards in Wakhan: UNDP talks big cats and conservation on Mitra TV (Video) Oct 5, 2016

    Snow leopards – the star attraction of Wakhan National Park – are coming home! Find out why on Mitra TV’s Good Morning with UNDP’s very own Farhad Zalmai. Once feared to be extinct in Afghanistan, there are now as many as 140 snow leopards living in the Wakhan Corridor – maybe 25% of all snow leopards worldwide.

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