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Syria MDG report: the main challenge is environmental degradation

Syria has made substantive progress on school enrollment and reducing child deaths, according to the country’s recently published third national Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report. The MDGs are eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger,Lue lisää (englanti)

Syria's markets benefit from UNDP

Photo: UNDP SyriaThe souks of Deir Ezzor - over 65 storefronts were renovated as part of a UNDP pilot programme.  Throughout the Middle East, souqs, or markets, have historically been the centre of a city’s culture and livelihood. Centuries of use, however, have taken their toll on manyLue lisää (englanti)

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Early warning systems protect farmers and fishermen

In some places, climate change may appear in subtle ways. Not so in São Tomé and Príncipe, where climate change brings severe and dangerous weather conditions. Storm surges, torrential rains, flash floods, and increasing fog and wind have created hazardous conditions for fishermen and farmersLue lisää (englanti)

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Tackling corruption in Bhutan

Since its inception in 2005, the Bhutan Anti-Corruption Commission has become known as model in the region for putting in place effective checks and balances, public outreach and overall curbing corruption. Established by the country’s monarch as part of the Kingdom’s democratisation processLue lisää (englanti)

Tackling gender-based violence in Rwanda

It is estimated that 250,000 women were raped during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, but today the Rwandan people are reaching out to educate and prevent gender-based violence.In Rwanda, a UN-supported Gender Desk at the National Police is providing legal and psychosocial support to survivors andLue lisää (englanti)

Tackling the costs of gender inequality to Africa's development

A young businesswoman in suit with her baby strapped to her back walks on the street in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: UNDP/Stefanie Leigh Plant) The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has teamed up with the African Institute for Economic Development to launch a major programme aimed atLue lisää (englanti)

Tailoring a better life for women in Bangladesh

Achieving the MDGs, changing peoples’ livesGoal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hungerGoal 3: Promote gender equality and empower womenAleya Begum (left) at her shop in Bangladesh with her two apprentices (Photo: UNDP)With her tape measure around her neck, and sheets of cloth and strings ofLue lisää (englanti)

Tajikistan: Clean energy project lights up rural lives

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark this week visited a hydro power plant which provides a regular supply of clean energy to a rural community 30 kilometres south of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. “The hydro plant is very important toLue lisää (englanti)

Tanzania launches forest initiative to address climate change

Tanzania is the latest country to have started implementing UN-REDD (photo: Julie Pudlovski/UNDP)Tanzania has embarked on a $4.2 million initiative to fight climate change by focusing on sustainable forest management. The initiative is part of a global United Nations programme called REDDLue lisää (englanti)

Tanzania seeks long-term solutions to forest loss and energy crisis

The sight of men on bicycles carrying firewood and charcoal is a common one throughout Tanzania: It is the human face of deforestation.The business of unsustainable logging is flourishing, with more than 39 million, or 90 percent, of Tanzania’s population relying for household cooking fuelLue lisää (englanti)

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