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Timor Leste: On the road to better informed citizens

By Christine Kearney In the lush mountain-top rural town of Maubisse, central Timor Leste, 250 local residents sit patiently listening to government representatives talk about everything from property law to domestic violence, human rights, birth registration and border passes. With a dominantLue lisää (englanti)

Timor-Leste: Ensuring women’s participation in local decision-making

 Dulce Junior talks to members of a community council at a training session on village development in the district of Covalima.(Photo: UNDP)In Timor-Leste, women are key players in reshaping the future of the second youngest country in the world. Dulce Junior, 36, is one such woman.Lue lisää (englanti)

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Timor-Leste: UNDP boosts electoral institutions’ ability to ensure peaceful polls

As Timorese went to the polls 7 July to vote in parliamentary elections it became clear that there has been a lot of progress in strengthening the country’s electoral system in the past years. The recent parliamentary elections and the two rounds of presidential polls, earlier this year, took placeLue lisää (englanti)

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Tokelau aims for 100% renewable energy in 2012

Pacific Island Countries are among the most petroleum-dependent nations and territories in the world.  However, Tokelau, a group of three small atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, will be the first to meet its electricity needs entirely through renewable energy by the end of 2012. Tokelau hasLue lisää (englanti)

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Top UN aid official calls for scaling up of humanitarian efforts in Philippines

The United Nations relief head called today on countries and international organizations to scale up humanitarian efforts in the Philippines, which was ravaged by a storm last weekend, leaving almost half a million people in need of assistance. “The Government responded quickly to the disaster withLue lisää (englanti)

Tourism and poverty alleviation in Namibia

The Namibian Government has introduced a number of activities to counter the possible increase in illegal hunting.  (Photo: UNDP)Namibia is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Africa, owing to its vast wildlife and natural resources. This is because the country’s parks andLue lisää (englanti)

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Toward increased efficiency of development aid in Haiti

Port-au-Prince – The Committee on Aid Efficiency (CAE) – a strategic forum reuniting the Government of Haiti and stakeholders involved in enacting the social and economic development of the country – met for the first time at the international level. The meeting showed that the Haitian governmentLue lisää (englanti)

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Towards Zero discrimination: judges from Asia and the Pacific unite to address HIV, human rights and the law

Bangkok – Some 30 judges from the highest national courts from 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok, Thailand from 2-4 June to discuss the role of the judiciary in the AIDS response. They discussed specific actions that can be taken by judges to create a more supportive legal andLue lisää (englanti)

Towards free, fair and transparent elections in Lebanon

The 2009 Lebanese elections will be different from the previous parliamentary elections. This year, several changes were made concerning the electoral procedures such as redrawing of the electoral district, holding the elections in all the districts at the same day and using theLue lisää (englanti)

Transforming environmental disaster into development opportunities

Today UNDP chief Helen Clark traveled with Montenegro's Minister of Tourism, Predrag Nenezic, to the town of Mojkovac to view the town’s transformation after a massive cleanup of a toxic mine and the potential for eco and adventure tourism in the surrounding mountains.  With support fromLue lisää (englanti)

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