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Albanians stranded by landmines to restart lives

"I lost my leg during the Kosovo conflict," said mine survivor Izet Ademaj."After nine months I was given my first prosthesis, now I am able to walk freely and I'm really very happy." (Photo: UNDP) Tirana - Thousands of villagers in one of the poorest regions of AlbaniaLue lisää (englanti)

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Antonio Banderas launches appeal to End Violence Against Women

Violence against women is unacceptable and must stop now, says the well-known actor Geneva — Film star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a global video appeal to end violence against women in recognition of International Women’sLue lisää (englanti)

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Arab States transitions must be locally led and driven, says UNDP chief

Washington, D.C. — Reforms under way in Arab countries will succeed only if they are driven from within each country, but the international community can provide concrete support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said today. Throughout the region, protestersLue lisää (englanti)

Arab countries can achieve MDGs by 2015

Young boy playing the violin at a musicinstitute in Iraq. (Photo: UNDP/Julie Adnan) The Arab region has achieved progress in many MDGs, including significant strides in health and education, says a recently launched UN Report. However, there have been setbacks and constraints attributable toLue lisää (englanti)

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As Central America's torrential rains continue, UN offers relief

The United Nations and the Government of Nicaragua launched an urgent appeal to donors (Flash Appeal) today for US$ 14.3 million to assist 134,000 people affected by the floods over the next six months. On 25 October the UN and the Government of El Salvador also launched a Flash Appeal for nearlyLue lisää (englanti)

As Haiti swears in President, UN calls for pact to rebuild Haiti

Welcoming Haiti's first ever transfer of power from one democratically elected president to one from the opposition, the United Nations has urged the country's new leader, his Government and the people to harness the political goodwill to rebuild together a new Haiti. ”Michel Martelly was sworn inLue lisää (englanti)

As crises undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexist, says UNDP report

Despite progress in preventing conflicts and disasters  last year, many countries still face chronic crises and often remain mired in poverty. "In many places around the world where conflicts and disasters escalated in 2012, we saw how crises can undermine development investment andLue lisää (englanti)

Asia-Pacific women waiting for local leadership roles

While women have reached the pinnacles of leadership in some national governments of the Asia and Pacific region, there is still a long way to go for women’s representation in decision-making roles at lower levels of government, according to a new report released today. The region’s success inLue lisää (englanti)

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Associate Administrator holds productive talks with Chinese Government officials

In the first of a series of high-level meetings with Chinese leaders, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan held talks with Vice-Minister of Commerce Li Jinzao. Vice-Minister Li spoke of his appreciation for UNDP’s commitment to China’s development including more recent support as ChinaLue lisää (englanti)

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At UN, Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education

New York – Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerfulLue lisää (englanti)

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