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International Mother Earth Day 2016 Celebration in Bagh-e-BaburApr 26, 2016On the International Mother Earth Day, UNDP/GEF's Small Grants Programme and EWA presented “Champion of Earth” awards to successful UNDP-supported environmentalists at a packed ceremony in Bagh-e-Babur. Rural Green Environment Organization - RGEO won the first award for reforesting a mountain in Tagab district of northeastern Badakhshan province that saved rare animals and plants and created livelihoods opportunities for thousands of locals
UNDP to Blackout Photos on Afghan Website for Women's DayMar 13, 2016KABUL, Afghanistan – A UN agency in Afghanistan says it will stop publishing photographs on its website to highlight the plight of Afghan women ahead of International Women's Day on March 8. Rob Few, communications chief for the UN Development Program said Sunday the move aims to draw attention to the fear many Afghan women have of the potential consequences of appearing in public.
Great new murals in Kabul from ArtLords/UNDP/MOIAMar 13, 2016Powerful images of our great female police appear on walls around Kabul. UNDP is proud to be working with the Art Lords and MOIA on this.
Afghan Women's Radio Returns After Taliban AttackMar 13, 2016KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six months after fleeing a Taliban assault on her city, the owner of an Afghan radio station devoted to women's rights is back home and returning to the airwaves. Zarghona Hassan is a lifelong activist and the founder of a radio station in Kunduz that until last year reached hundreds of thousands of listeners across northern Afghanistan, where the vast majority of women are illiterate and largely confined to their homes.
Afghanistan’s Lonely Hearts Call ‘Emergency’Feb 21, 2016KABUL — In the age of Facebook and online dating, some Afghan men are still looking for love in an old-fashioned way—by calling the emergency-services hotline. “We receive many calls telling us ‘I love you,’ ” said Fatana Yalda, 27 years old, who was taking calls in her booth recently and, like her colleagues, wore a head scarf over dark hair.
Afghanistan: Government must deal with corruption to build democracy and peaceFeb 18, 2016Landmark assessment of corruption risks launched on Feb 17, 2016 in Kabul finds systematic nepotism, a lack of integrity among politicians and impunity for the powerful. This report was jointly prepared by Transparency International (TI) and Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) with support from UNDP Afghanistan.
Kabul Launch of Human Development Report 2015Feb 14, 2016UNDP’s Human Development Report 2015 launch kicked of Tuesday afternoon at the American University of Afghanistan with an impressive turnout—over two hundred civil society activists, government officials, private sector representatives, journalists, students and UN staff, with one third of them women.
UNDP Helps Find Solutions in Afghanistan, the RegionJan 16, 2016Interview with UNDP Afghanistan’s Country Director on how UNDP is helping Afghanistan deal with instability and promote economic growth.
Street Vendors in KabulJan 15, 2016Managing this huge influx of people is a major challenge for Kabul municipality and the police. They don’t want blocked roads and traffic chaos, but the vendors also need to earn a living.
Equator Prize Winner Gets Global RecognitionJan 6, 2016Rural Green Environment Organization, a local environmental initiative in Badakshan wins the Equator 2015 prize. The Equator Prize is awarded to 20 outstanding initiatives across the world for advancing innovative solutions for people and nature.
- 25 Apr 2016:Fastest Population Shift In History Means Make Or Break For Asia-Pacific
- 14 Apr 2016:UNDP to Launch Report on People-Centered Development in Asia-Pacific
- 13 Mar 2016:Gender op-ed by Douglas Keh
- 08 Mar 2016:Secretary-General's Message on International Women's Day 2016
- 08 Mar 2016:UNDP Re-equips Women and Youth Radio Stations in Kunduz for International Women’s Day
- 14 Dec 2015:Helen Clark: Speech at the launch of the 2015 Human Development Report