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Effectiveness, coherence and results at the heart of Sweden-UNDP Partnership

Realizing an inclusive consultation process for the post-2015 human development agenda, UN coordination and development effectiveness were three issues highlighted at a meeting today between Swedish Minister of Development Gunilla Carlsson and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)Lue lisää (englanti)

Egyptians learn from transition to democracy and social, economic advances in Brazil

A delegation of Egyptian business leaders and governmental officials wrapped up a two-day visit to Brazil this week and are heading to Chile to learn how the two South American countries transitioned to democracy in the 1980’s and 1990’s respectively, following two decades of military regime. TheLue lisää (englanti)

Eighty volunteer teachers combat illiteracy in Burkina Faso

Children at an elementary school in Iolonioro (Photo: UNDP) The school year could have started better for first-level elementary course students in Iolonioro, a village located in the middle of the bush in the south-west of Burkina Faso. In fact, following the maternity leave of their teacher,Lue lisää (englanti)

El Salvador confronts urban poverty

Thirty-five years ago, Ana Iris Munoz’s grandmother left her home in the countryside of northern El Salvador for the capital city of San Salvador to seek out new and better opportunities for herself and her family. Today, Munoz lives with her mother and two small children in Zacamil colony inLue lisää (englanti)

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El Salvador: Women in parliament unite on new law against violence

A groundbreaking law aimed at halting high levels of violence against women in El Salvador, the Central American country with the world’s highest rates for murder of women, was officially made public last week following approval five months ago by the overwhelming majority of members of theLue lisää (englanti)

Election experts gather to help Arab states conduct polls

Cairo – More than 50 experts from Arab states and from India, Mexico and South Africa gathered in Cairo to help conduct fair and transparent elections in the North African and Middle Eastern countries currently undergoing historic change. The group, called Community of Practice on ElectoralLue lisää (englanti)

Election training for 35,000 Afghan police officers

Photo: Fardin Waezi (UNAMA)A major programme is underway in Afghanistan to train 35,000 police officers in time for the 20 August presidential and provincial council elections. Officers are being readied to tackle security threats and to provide the necessary cover to enable voters to come outLue lisää (englanti)

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Empowering single mothers in Malaysia

Single mothers in Malaysia face many challenges, but those living in poverty face plenty more. In addition to the financial challenges and the responsibilities of being the sole providers for their children, the majority of single mothers – particularly in rural areas – lack education andLue lisää (englanti)

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Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Geneva/New York/Nairobi – Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, says a UN report, “Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the PeacebuildingLue lisää (englanti)

Empowering women is key to building a future we want, Nobel laureate says

New York — Empowering women and girls with more choices and more freedoms is crucial to achieving a better future for all, Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate and a founder of UNDP’s Human Development Index, said Thursday. Women agency and freedom are among the crucial means for enhancingLue lisää (englanti)

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