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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
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  • What type of world do I want to live in by 2030? Sep 21, 2017

    Last Sunday, at the Social Good Summit, held at the Park Star Hotel, Kabul, the youth of Afghanistan brought the future of the country into focus. UNDP Afghanistan, in partnership with the Youth for Change and Development Organization (YCDO) had organized the creative half-day event with additional meetups in four regional hubs (Jalalabad, Kandarhar, Mazar and Herat).

  • Youth Against Malaria: Educating the Young to Save Lives Sep 14, 2017

    More than 100 high school students attended an awareness-raising TV show about malaria in Kabul recently. The show was organized by UNDP and hosted by Educational TV, one of Afghanistan’s leading TV stations promoting youth education.

  • The Power of Nature: How Renewable Energy is Changing Lives in Afghanistan Sep 13, 2017

    The whole world is embracing wind energy, and plants can be found everywhere today. UNDP is working with the Afghan Government's Rural Development Ministry and local communities to embrace this clean and sustainable source of power.

  • My Country Through My Own Eyes Aug 13, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan, in cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Economy, ran a countrywide photo contest called “My Country Through My Own Eyes” to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to display progress of the SDGs in Afghanistan. The contest had two categories: photos taken on mobile phones by amateurs and photos by professional photojournalists.

  • Restoring Kol-e-Hashmat Khan as a Stopover for Migratory Birds Jul 25, 2017

    Kool-e-Hashmat Khan, once a natural wetland inhabiting 157 species of migratory birds, and a recreational site for residents of Kabul city, has lost most of its birds over the last few decades of unrest due to poor attention from previous governments and illegal encroachments by neighboring communities.

  • Dreams Soar: Afghan-American Pilot Shaesta Inspires Young Women around the World Jul 17, 2017

    Shaesta Waiz, a professional Afghan-American pilot, has been flying solo around the world to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) among girls. She kicked off her journey from Daytona Beach in Florida on May 13 and has been scheduled to fly to 34 destinations in five continents.

  • Afghanistan's 'Hill of Widows' Live in a World Apart Jul 4, 2017

    Kabul (AFP) - The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure. Today it is known as Afghanistan's 'hill of widows', home to a cluster of women who have eked out independence in a society that shuns and condemns them as immoral.

  • UNDP Afghanistan Country Director Speaks with Ariana News on Poverty, Environment, Governance and Security May 24, 2017

    Last week, UNDP Country Director, Douglas Keh gave an in-depth interview to the Ariana news network about UNDP’s work in reducing poverty and bringing better lives to people in Afghanistan. In a wide-ranging interview lasting forty minutes, Mr. Keh spoke about the major development issues in the country, including women’s rights, democratic governance, climate change, and security. He also spoke about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • New Police Law to Ensure Better Service May 16, 2017

    With support from UNDP, the ministry of interior held a two-day national conference to reform police law. Over 300 participants including senior government officials, lawmakers, police officials from all 34 provinces, legal practitioners, members of civil society and human rights activists attended the event. The conference took place after a series of consultations over the past year with police officers throughout the country.

  • Success Story: Malaria Control in Afghanistan May 15, 2017

    Malaria has always been a problem in Afghanistan, especially in the eastern and southeastern provinces. But today, due to successful malaria control programmes, incidents of the disease are at their lowest for 15 years.

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