Intersex video Kris Serbia
BLOG POST: Being intersex is hard, our silence makes it harder

A few weeks ago, during our sub-regional dialogue on #BeingLGBTI, we met Kris, an intersex and a trans person and an activist from Serbia, working actively on LGBTI rights issues. Kris has an intimate understanding of issues faced by intersex people and their families both through his personal experiences and professional work.

youth for peacebuilding and security
Be part of the Europe and Central Asia regional consultation on the role of youth in building peace and security!

Are you between 18 and 31 years old and from an eligible country or territory in the region? Are you a part of a youth-led organization involved in peacebuilding activities or activism? Apply by 30 April 2017, 17:00 pm Istanbul time.

lgbti albania human rights
BLOG POST: How can we promote respect for LGBTI rights in Albania?

The LGBTI community in Albania has been struggling to get their rights recognized. Discrimination and psychological violence are some of the problems they experience. What has been done to improve the situation?

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FEATURED GLOBAL GOAL | Goal 15: Life on land

Human life depends on the earth. Today we are seeing unprecedented land degradation, and the loss of arable land at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Drought and desertification is also on the rise each year, amounting to the loss of 12 million hectares and affects poor communities globally. Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage.

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FEATURE: A hidden environmental danger lurks in Turkey

Hundreds of tons of chemicals, which may cause cancer upon contact, are kept in a storage site in Kocaeli, Turkey.

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FEATURE: Fixing landmarks, mending relationship

On World Heritage Day, we're taking you on a tour of some of our restored sites in Cyprus and Kosovo*, where we're bringing communities together to restore public monuments.

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BLOG POST: How do you inspire entrepreneurship in a conflict-affected region?

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has not only disrupted everyday life in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, but also led to staggering unemployment. Out of 23 major enterprises in Luhansk region, 19 are currently not operating, while half of the enterprises in Donetsk region have lost about 950,000 jobs.

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FEATURE: Montenegro makes carbon neutral tourism possible

A web-based carbon calculator is helping eco-sensitive tourists reducing their carbon footprint during their stay among the natural beauties of Montenegro.

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FEATURE: For Roma, without papers it’s hard to exist

Without legal residency or identity cards, Flurija and Ali can’t officially marry, work or apply for social assistance. Like many Roma, they are stuck in a cycle of poverty, due in large part to their exclusion from the systems tasked with assisting them.

Deminers in Bosnia and Herzegovina
BLOG POST: 20 years of mine action progress, but not yet in the clear

My earliest personal encounter with landmines occurred in Mozambique in 1994, shortly after its brutal 17-year civil war came to end. I was conducting research in a remote district of Tete Province, close to the Malawi border, to learn how communities remaining in the country coped with the daily threats of violence and deprivation.

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NEWS: In Brussels, support for Roma integration gets a boost

The EU, UNDP, the World Bank, and the Council of Europe launched three new projects to support Roma integration in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Kyrgyzstan: water's hidden cost

Across Kyrgyzstan, lack of access to clean drinking water presents a serious health problem in hundreds of villages.

Yelyna bog
FEATURE: The wardens of Yelnya: Protecting a Belarusian bog

Since 1999, efforts have been ongoing to restore and preserve Belarus' Yelnya bog, which has reduced in size from 2,400,000 to 814,00 hectares since the 1950s.

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VIDEO: 8 jobs. 8 stories. 8 women.

From Albania to Tajikistan, celebrate creativity, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment at the workplace.