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Madagascar votes in bid to revive democracy

Nearly eight million people in Madagascar were expected to vote for a new president, in an election postponed several times and widely expected to break the country’s five-year political impasse. Since late 2008, the “Big Island” has been mired in a political crisis that has had a severe impact onLue lisää (englanti)

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Arab region: Making sure that everyone counts

Cairo - Population and development in the Arab region were issues discussed this week in Cairo, during a three-day conference that ended with a declaration highlighting the need to empower women, promote gender equality, and step up efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals. “The status ofLue lisää (englanti)

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Malawi 50 years later: the importance of the 2014 elections

Thousands of registered voters are expected to line up to cast their votes in tomorrow’s tripartite elections and the majority are women This year marks the 50th independence anniversary in Malawi and tomorrow the first-ever tripartite elections in the country will take place, an event thatLue lisää (englanti)

Malawi on the road to fighting poverty

 Rajab poses for a photograph besides his TV set. (Photo: UNDP)Five years ago, Mwandama village in the Southern district of Zomba, Malawi’s former capital city was a hunger prone area. Although they are a predominantly farming area, the yields were very low. Few people could afford fertilizerLue lisää (englanti)

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Malawi: Food crisis top of mind for UN Development chief

Lilongwe - Building resilience into Malawi’s agriculture long term is critical to achieving development progress, said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on the second day of her official visit to that country. “Top of mind right now is the food crisis,” said Helen Clark after her meeting withLue lisää (englanti)

Malaysia: UN peacekeepers to get new skills

"Malaysia began its first UN peacekeepingmission to the Republic of Congo in 1960"(Photo: UN)Kuala Lumpur – The Government of Malaysia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a joint effort to equip African and Asian UN peacekeepers with new skills toLue lisää (englanti)

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Maldives: Football encourages young women to reach for their goals

With their heads held high, 21 young women step out onto the football field. The Maldives Women’s National Football team is ready for kick-off. Their mothers and grandmothers would have never dreamed of playing professional football. But a new initiative, launched in September, 2010, is helping toLue lisää (englanti)

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Mali: At election time, traditional 'griots' have become messengers of peace

In his fifties, Mossa Al Mouamar Ali, nicknamed Moussa Moussa, proudly bears his traditional boubou (a light tunic and pants) hand-stitched by tailors in Timbuktu, a region currently facing a precarious security situation on the ground. Just like his father and grandfather in their time, MoussaLue lisää (englanti)

Maria Sharapova marks Chernobyl 25th anniversary

Geneva, New York  – Hundreds of thousands of people who lived and worked around the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident continue to suffer on the disaster’s 25th anniversary, commemorated on 26 April by Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis star and United Nations Development ProgrammeLue lisää (englanti)

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Massive numbers of Malians turn out to vote in the country’s presidential election

The first round of Mali’s presidential election took place in an atmosphere of calm and witnessed considerable voter turnout, including many young people and women. On Sunday more than 6 million Malians cast their ballots in the presidential election.   "It is the first time that I haveLue lisää (englanti)

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