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Turkish movie stars say no to violence against women

  Acclaimed Turkish actors Mert Fırat and Melisa Sözen are starring in a new UNDP advocacy video that takes on domestic violence in Turkey and the region with a powerful message: “Violence has no excuse”. The campaign is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s efforts to combat violence...

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FEATURED GLOBAL GOAL | Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

The Sustainable Development Goals make a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and affordable medicines and vaccines for all. Supporting research and development for vaccines is an essential part of this process as well.

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Get involved: 16 days to end violence against women

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. You can show your support - If you have a Facebook account, change your profile picture to show your friends that you support the goal to end violence against women and girls.

How are we promoting healthier lifestyles and development in Belarus?

Every year non-communicable diseases (NCDs) cause 38 million deaths globally, according to the WHO. In addition to being a public health concern, non-communicable diseases also represent a developmental challenge placing high burden on economies and societies.

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Can the Aral Sea make a comeback?

Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s. And now 20 years after UNDP's first intervention in the region, hope begins to blossom despite impacts from climate change.

In Kyrgyzstan, a new law protects girls against early marriage

When we heard a draft law was in progress to forbid underage religious marriages, we knew our work was cut out for us. Having a law is one thing, but winning the hearts and minds of local people to own such a law is another. That’s where we came in.

Kazakhstan senate gives Global Goals stamp of approval

Senators in Kazakhstan unanimously endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), vowing to help finance and raise awareness of the goals among the general public, and promising to integrate them in nationwide development efforts.

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It takes a village: Pensioners demand justice in Moldova

After the break-up of the Soviet Union, the archives of enterprises, or even of entire villages, perished. Thousands of people can’t officially prove they worked their entire lives. But reform has come with the help of a new territorial office.

Keeping Georgia safe from disaster

In Georgia's Rioni river basin, 200,000 residents suffer from flash floods every year. Take a look at how UNDP is working to address the problem.

Energy efficient houses for a better future

Watch the joy of this family as they get a new, energy-efficient house in Belarus.

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Apostolos Andreas Monastery: a symbol of peace and cooperation in Cyprus

Apostolos Andreas Monastery has always been a glorious landmark of Cyprus. Now, thanks to a bi-communal restoration project, it is set to become a symbol of peace and co-operation between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities of Cyprus.

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Summit calls for greater solidarity among countries of the Global South

Countries in the Europe and CIS region have been working together actively to find the most effective solutions towards boosting economic growth and eliminating poverty.

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We’re working for smart cities in Turkmenistan —  here’s how

Mark Chao is an expert working with UNDP on energy, environment and climate change. We spoke to him briefly about UNDP’s latest plans on creating sustainable cities in Turkmenistan.

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Regional Human Development Report: Progress at Risk

This year's Regional Human Development Report focuses on inequalities and human development in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia.