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Media's role in elections a hot topic in Iraqi Kurdistan

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan Region - A World Press Freedom Day conference organized in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday and sponsored by UNESCO and UNDP, saw a lively and rich debate on press freedom issues in the context of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the upcoming regional and nationalLue lisää (englanti)

Mexico and UNDP highlight indigenous peoples’ political participation

New York – Democracy in many Latin American countries hinges largely on government action to uphold indigenous peoples’ rights and ensure their participation in decision-making, according to Heraldo Muñoz, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development ProgrammeLue lisää (englanti)

Mexico's poorest state tackles extreme poverty through budget shifts

The people of Chiapas are the first in the worldto have their constitution based around theeight Millennium Development Goals(Photo: UNDP)NEW YORK - Nearly US$600 million from the budget of Mexico’s poorest state of Chiapas is to be dedicated this year to local programmes aimed at tacklingLue lisää (englanti)

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Micro businesses lift rural Nepalese out of poverty

Nepalgunj - Stalls at a fair in Nepal bulged with traditional textiles, art, spices, jewelry, bamboo furniture and food.  The proud owners of these businesses are supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has helped to build up micro businesses in rural areas likeLue lisää (englanti)

Microcredit helps cushion Jamaicans in harsh economic times

Kingston, Jamaica - Rose Marie Gayle received a US$200 micro loan that helped her expand her small business selling sweets, juice and phone cards outside a high school in Kingston.Following a longtime customer’s suggestion, Rose Marie visited the Kingston and St. Andrew Action Forum – aLue lisää (englanti)

Microfinance in the districts of Djibouti

Aicha (left) in her fabric and boubou gown store with Filsan (right)It is 9 a.m. in an alley in Balbala, an immense area on the outskirts of Djibouti City. People hurry to and fro in front of the shop run by Nima Moussa Warfa, as they embark on a shopping expedition, engaged in a quest for rice,Lue lisää (englanti)

Millennium Development campaign kicks off in Somalia

On 12 August, a jubilant mood took over the Somali towns of Garowe and Hargeisa as groups of young people marched along the streets in celebration of International Youth Day. They held aloft banners bearing messages from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as loudspeakers everywhere excitedlyLue lisää (englanti)

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Mine Action Day 2014 - A Roundup of UNDP's Demining Efforts

New York - On Mine Action Day on 4 April, the UN will help raise awareness of the devastating toll that explosive remnants of war continue to exact upon communities, sometimes decades after conflicts come to an end.  This year, with Jordan and Uganda recently announcing that they are free ofLue lisää (englanti)

Mobile one-stop shops help recover lost IDs in Pakistan

Women line up to receive free legal services including IDs in mobile one-stop shops. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “I feel that I lost evidence of my existence as my house collapsed. I had to re-establish my identity.” Gul Pari, a 30-year-old single mother of five in the district of Nowshera,Lue lisää (englanti)

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Mongolia: UNDP chief calls for people-centred sustainable development as country faces mining boom

Ulaanbaatar - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark traveled 100 kilometres west of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, today to Hustai National Park to meet with herders, women entrepreneurs, representatives from the national Chamber of Commerce and other beneficiariesLue lisää (englanti)

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