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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
  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • International Mother Earth Day 2016 Celebration in Bagh-e-Babur Apr 26, 2016

    On 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 Day Mar 13, 2016

    KABUL, 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/MOIA Mar 13, 2016

    Powerful 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 Attack Mar 13, 2016

    KABUL, 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, 2016

    KABUL — 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.