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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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FEATURE: Legal Aid Centers provide access to justice for Tajikistan's citizens

Access to justice in Tajikistan is difficult, especially for poor people and people in rural areas. Tajikistan has few lawyers, and the court system is overburdened and slow. Legal Aid Centers bring access to citizens.

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EVENT: Advancing the Gender Equality Agenda in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Key actors in governments, parliaments, civil society and international organizations will come together for a two-day exchange on the successes and challenges in fulfilling pre-accession gender equality standards in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

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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.

BLOG POST: 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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PHOTO ESSAY: 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.

BLOG POST: 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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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.