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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
  • 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.

  • UNDP Country Director Speaks with Shamshad Sep 22, 2016

    UNDP Country Director, Douglas Keh, on an exclusive Interview with Shamshad TV. In his interview, Keh shares some of UNDP's great achievements in Afghanistan and the World in its 50-year journey. He also touches upon UNDP’s current and future projects that will help strengthen institutions and communities across the country.

  • Snow leopards' return brings hope to remote Afghan region Sep 15, 2016

    WAKHAN, Afghanistan (AP) — In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on earth. The leopards range across the snowy mountains of a dozen countries in Central and South Asia, but their numbers had declined in recent decades as hunters sought their spotted pelts and farmers killed them to protect livestock. Now they appear to be thriving, thanks to a seven-year program and a newly declared national park.

  • ASG Haoliang Xu Helps Launch SDGs in Afghanistan Sep 5, 2016

    September 5 2016, Kabul – Yesterday, on the occasion of the visit to Kabul of UNDP Regional Director in Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu, the Ministry of Economy (MoEC) of the Government of Afghanistan hosted a roundtable discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Ministry of Interior Affairs and UNDP Sign New LOTFA Agreement Jun 7, 2016

    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.

  • Afghanistan's first Ever Short Film Contest Jun 7, 2016

    Filmmakers, actors and writers from across Afghanistan on Monday received awards in the country’s first-ever Environmental Short Films Contest, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Environmental Protection Agency and Saba TV.

  • Kabul Youth Clean up Parks and Plant Trees to Celebrate International Volunteer Day May 6, 2016

    Kabul, 04 December 2015 — To mark International Volunteer Day, over 200 youth cleared rubbish and planted trees in east Kabul’s Ahmad Shah Baba Maina district. They sent a clear message that, with a little effort, anyone can transform their streets and parks into clean, livable spaces for children, families and communities.

  • Asia's Least Developed Country Is Afghanistan: UN Report May 6, 2016

    The report has measured countries' development based on gender inequality, maternal mortality ratio, adolescent birth rate, share of seats in parliament, population with at least some secondary education and the labor force participation rate.

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