Press releases
  • Kabul Youth Clean up Parks and Plant Trees to Celebrate International Volunteer DayDec 4, 2015Kabul, 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.

  • UNDP Administrator Visits AfghanistanNov 18, 201518 Nov 2015 – Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, has concluded a three-day visit to Afghanistan where she met with the President, senior government officials, development partners and civil society.

  • Joint Press Release: Independent Directorate of Local Governance and UNDP Launch New Local Governance ProjectNov 14, 2015Kabul, November 14, 2015 — The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan today launched a new five-year project that will strengthen government institutions at provincial and district levels to deliver improved public services.

  • Kabul University Introduces First-Ever Master’s Programme in Gender and Women’s StudiesOct 17, 2015Kabul — Today Kabul University launches a first-of-its-kind gender and women’s studies master’s programme to create a platform for training future advocates of gender equality, generate research on gender, violence against women and underprivileged groups, and raise awareness about men’s and women’s social responsibilities. The programme has been designed with UNDP Afghanistan’s technical guidance and generous funding from the Republic of Korea.

  • Community initiative from Afghanistan wins UN prizeSep 28, 2015At a press conference held on Monday, September 21st, leaders from the United Nations joined Academy Award-nominated actor and activist Alec Baldwin to announce the 21 winning initiatives of this year’s Equator Prize, an international award that recognizes outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty, protect nature and strengthen resilience in the face of climate change.

  • New Goals. New power. New technology”: 2015’s Social Good Summit in Kabul focuses on the new Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals)Sep 28, 2015Kabul, September 28, 2015 — Afghanistan’s Social Good Summit opens today in Kabul to raise awareness of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, which is being organized by UNDP Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) and Saba TV, will be attended by more than 100 students, civil society activists, development practitioners and government counterparts. It will showcase creative development projects and feature a panel discussion with development experts on how the SDGs relate to Afghanistan.

  • The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge calls for enterprises to build peace through both business and social impactAug 27, 2015Bangkok ‒ The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 is now open for applications to encourage Impact Enterprises (IEs) to show how they are building peace through market-based solutions for development challenges. Six IEs will win the Challenge and get a chance to showcase their work at a special UNDP-hosted event in New York.

  • Ministry of Interior Affairs and UNDP Sign New LOTFA AgreementJun 30, 2015The 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.

  • New leadership: UNDP Country Director arrives todayJun 17, 2015As Country Director, Douglas leads UNDP Afghanistan and provides direction to its activities so that they contribute to achieving large-scale and lasting transformative change in partnership with the Government of Afghanistan.

  • UNDP, UN Women sign up for closer cooperationMay 25, 2015Kabul – UN Women and UNDP today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to harmonize projects and streamline operations, fundraising and reporting. “This agreement sees UNDP and UN Women join forces to ride the current wave of high-level political commitment to gender equality,” said Ercan Murat, Country Director for UNDP Afghanistan. By working in tandem, we are much better positioned to help the government turn this commitment into results.”

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