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  • 05 Mar 2010
    Sierra Leone forum condemns violence against young girls

    Following an alarming spate of rapes in Sierra Leone in the first 3 months of 2010, a Civil Society Organizations (CSO)-UNDP forum has called for a vigorous response to stop human rights violations and criminal acts against young girls.

  • 02 Mar 2010
    Peace and security: two priorities for the Togo presidential elections

    On 4 March, the Togolese will elect their new president in a climate of hope, with many hoping that the March elections will proceed peacefully, thereby firmly and permanently anchoring the country in a modern political era.

  • 10 Feb 2010
    Sierra Leone: sexual violence remains unpunished

    In calling for the media to take a more pivotal role in combating Sexual and Gender based Violence (SGBV), Samuel Harbor, UNDP Deputy Country Director said, “inequalities between men and women (in Sierra Leone) are some of the worst in the world with Sierra Leone at the bottom of the UNDP Human Development index and ranking 180th out of 182 countries for overall human development in 2009.”

  • 30 Jan 2010
    Launch of Africa-UNiTE

    “Africa-UNiTE to end Violence against Women and Girls”, the Africa component

  • 26 Jan 2010
    In the north-east of Mali, successful mine clearing efforts

    Tinzawatene, a small town in the extreme north-east of Mali, is now entirely free of anti-personnel mines.

  • 21 Jan 2010
    Filling the judicial gap in eastern Chad

    UNDP, the UN peacekeeping mission and the legal fraternity in Chad are collaborating to fill the gap in judiciary professionals in the eastern part of the country, by training civil servants to perform the functions of magistrates.

  • 11 Jan 2010
    Two largest Football Associations support Match Against Poverty

    Geneva - The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced this week that it will for the first time join the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to support the annual Match Against Poverty.

  • 05 Jan 2010
    UNDP supports first forum on reintegrating displaced people in Chad

    In the first forum of its kind, UNDP has brought together community, religious and military leaders in eastern Chad to define ways of promoting peaceful co-existence among conflict-affected communities in the region, and the sustainable integration of displaced people returning home after years of conflict.

  • 22 Dec 2009
    Identity cards for more than a million Burundians

    One million Burundians old enough to vote in May 2010 will receive a free national identity card.

  • 17 Dec 2009
    A second life for refugee camps in north-western Tanzania

    Situated in the north-west of Tanzania, the regions of Kigoma and Kagera are among the poorest and most marginalized areas in the country.

  • 14 Dec 2009
    Civil war in Congo: The survivors speak out

    “Tied to a tree and blindfolded, I listened to my sister sobbing and screaming while armed men raped her,” describes Sandra, a survivor of the armed conflicts that violently ravaged the Congolese population since the 1990s.

  • 09 Dec 2009
    UN helps beef up disaster preparedness across Mozambique

    For three years INGC, a government institution responsible for coordinating natural disaster response, has conducted training exercises to raise awareness, among ordinary Mozambicans, of aware of what to do in case a flood or a cyclone strikes.

  • 30 Nov 2009
    UNDP engages Namibian communities in conversation on HIV/AIDS

    Katima Mulilo, Namibia – What causes people to have more than one sexual partner at a time?

  • 18 Nov 2009
    Kenyans, Moroccan receive top awards for Africa photo contest

    New York — The winning photographs of an eco-themed photo contest focused on Africa feature environmentalists planting trees in a water catchment area in Kenya, Moroccan women turning plastic bags into handbags as part of a fair trade project, and a Kenyan couple planting a tree on their wedding day.

  • 13 Nov 2009
    Côte d'Ivoire: UN transports voters lists for upcoming poll

    13 November - The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) began transporting provisional voters lists to polling stations across the country in preparation for the upcoming presidential election.

  • 27 Oct 2009
    Factsheet: UNDP's support to the Mozambique elections

    The fourth general election in Mozambique will take place on Wednesday 28 October 2009.

  • 23 Oct 2009
    In Nigeria, CFCs will soon be a thing of the past

    With the help of UNDP, in collaboration with the government, Nigeria is making great strides ahead in becoming green, thanks to a USD 13 million project that will phase out chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) from household equipment like refrigerators and air conditioners.

  • 16 Oct 2009
    In Gabon, employment and environmental protection go hand in hand

    A few years on, residents in disadvantaged areas of Libreville no longer look twice at the men and women wearing overalls, boots and protective masks as they push their wheelbarrows full of bin bags through the streets of the capital.

  • 09 Oct 2009
    Africa comes together in Burkina to talk about climate change

    Ouagadougou, 9 October - The Global Forum on Sustainable Development, to be held here from 9 to 11 October, will enable sub-Saharan Africa to continue to consolidate its views on climate change.

  • 05 Oct 2009
    Africans, with most to gain, face tough barriers to movement

    Johannesburg/Dakar, 5 October 2009—Migration is a way for Africans to improve their lives, but most seeking to move, face significant barriers, particularly across borders, according to the 2009 Human Development Report launched today.