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  • 12 Nov 2013
    UNDP – Japan Partnership Strengthens Afghan Democracy

    Kabul: Japan today extended a grant to the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) in support of free, fair and credible elections and a more responsive democracy, following the signing of a US$ 16.7 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), at the IEC headquarters in Kabul.

  • 05 Nov 2013
    Afghan Businesswomen Highlight Role of Entrepreneurship in Human Development

    In a first of its kind assembly, over 300 women came together to find solutions for increasing women’s role in businesses and entrepreneurship development in Afghanistan, here today. The assembly of women entrepreneurs was convened by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme’s Gender Equality Project.

  • 02 Oct 2013
    UNDP and UN Women Join Hands To Launch Online Community on Gender Issues in Afghanistan

    Kabul: Now solutions for any gender practitioners in the country are only a text message away. Solution Exchange Afghanistan’s Community of Practice (CoP) for Gender Equality, an online network of practitioners and professionals working on women’s empowerment, gender equality, and increasing the role of Afghan women in peace building, governance and development, was launched here today by the Community’s co-conveners, UNDP and UN Women in Afghanistan .

  • 17 Sep 2013
    UNDP Supports Gender Training of 35 Faculty Members of Kabul University

    Kabul: The Ministry of Women’s Affairs with assistance from United Nations Development Program’s Gender Equality Project started a training program today for 35 members of Kabul University Faculty, representing almost all the departments of Kabul University including Law and Diplomacy, Language Literature, Journalism, Agriculture, Computer Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Geo Science, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physical Science and Social Science. The two-day workshop is designed to reinforce the capacity of the faculty members for a holistic understanding of gender issues.

  • 11 Sep 2013
    UNDP launches Regional Report: ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’

    New York: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched its Asia-Pacific Regional Report ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’ in New York today, highlighting a string of successful programmes implemented between 2008 and 2012 in the region.

  • 10 Sep 2013
    Education, Health Care, Honest and Responsive Government, and Jobs Top Priorities for People Worldwide, UN Report

    New York: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented today a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 05 Sep 2013
    Multi-partner Platform to Spur Community-Based Conservation Efforts in Badakhshan

    Representatives from more than 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), relevant Government authorities and International NGOs participated in a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Small Grants Programme (SGP)-led exercise aimed at enhancing their technical capacity for development of projects for environment conservation.

  • 03 Sep 2013
    “Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia

    New York, Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 3 September 2013.

  • 01 Sep 2013
    UNDP Support to Afghanistan to Enhance State Reporting on UN Convention against Torture

    In a major step forward towards strengthening processes designed to protect Afghan citizens from torture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), signed a letter of agreement that will enable technical and financial assistance for State reporting, with particular focus on the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) State Report.

  • 31 Aug 2013
    Efforts to Ramp up Gender Responsive Budgeting in Six Ministries

    Kabul: Six ministries of the Government of Afghanistan were the focus of a workshop on implementation of Gender-responsive Budgeting (GRB) that concluded, here today. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gender Equality Project (GEP).

  • 22 Aug 2013
    Building the Capacity of the Grassroots to Protect Afghanistan's Environment

    Kabul, Afghanistan: Representatives from 40 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Afghanistan participated in a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Small Grants Programme (SGP)-led exercise aimed at enhancing their technical capacity for development of projects for natural resource management, climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation.

  • 20 Aug 2013
    Legal Aid Grant Facility To Bring Justice Closer to Vulnerable Groups

    Kabul: Greater and more equitable access to justice will become a reality for Afghan citizens with the soon-to-be-established Legal Aid Grant Facility LAGF). A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Afghanistan’s Ministry of Justice, the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) and the United Nations’ Development Programme to establish and implement the LAGF, here today.

  • 19 Aug 2013
    World Humanitarian Day: An international day to celebrate the humanitarian spirit

    New York — Today marks the tenth anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, an attack that claimed the lives of 22 UN and aid agency staff including the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello.

  • 12 Jul 2013
    UNDP Hosts National Dialogue on the Rights of Street Vendors

    12 July, Kabul- What do money changers, vegetable sellers, small food cart pushers, shoe shiners, itinerant fix-it technicians, roadside hairdressers and mobile food caterers in Kabul all have in common? They are all considered “street vendors” and are a part of the informal economy. These are people who earn their living by buying, selling and trading goods and services without involvement and support from the government.

  • 13 Jun 2013
    Netherlands Supports Justice and Human Rights with $2.5M

    The Embassy of the Netherlands and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan have signed a cost sharing agreement (CSA) to enhance policy development and increase access to justice services across Afghanistan. The US$ 2.49 million cost-sharing agreement covers UNDP activities until December 2015, carried out under the Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) Project.

  • 06 Jun 2013
    Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Theme of World Environment Day

    Community-based approaches in disaster risk reduction in Afghanistan were unveiled as part of the observance of the World Environment Day, here today. Non-governmental Organizations displayed best practices in the areas of plans, policies, tools and methods to address the issue of natural disasters across regions in Afghanistan with a view to identify mechanisms to reduce the impact of natural disaster in comprehensive way.

  • 07 May 2013
    Afghanistan Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

    Today UNESCO, UNDP, Afghanistan Ministry of Information and Culture and Afghanistan Journalists Federation jointly celebrated the World Press Freedom Day under the global theme “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”. The Afghan observance came three days after the event was launched on 3 May at a ceremony held in San Jose, Costa Rica to mark the global launch.

  • 03 May 2013
    Azerbaijan Support to Afghan Customs

    The Government of Azerbaijan has delivered special customs support infrastructure to the Government of Afghanistan.

  • 08 Apr 2013
    Spanish Funding for Development of Rural Areas in Badghis Province

    Spain has provided Euro 22 million for Development of Rural Areas in Badghis Province in Afghanistan under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported National Area Based Development Programme (NABDP). An agreement to this effect was signed between the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Spanish Government and UNDP Afghanistan.

  • 02 Apr 2013
    24 Provinces Participate in UNDP-Supported Strategic Planning Initiative

    In a move that links a majority of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces to the framework of strategic development planning, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) has rolled out a three-day training workshop that will further consolidate the way forward for a harmonized, single planning system for the Government of Afghanistan. The initiative, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will help IDLG in rolling out Provincial Strategic Plans (PSPs) in ten provinces during 2013.