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FEATURED GLOBAL GOAL | Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 billion, and as the global population continues to rise so will the demand for cheap energy. Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.

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FEATURE: Demining returns land back to the people in Bosnia and Herzegovina

20 years after the war, mines remain a major threat to nearly 550,000 people across Bosnia and Herzegovina. A new UNDP programme is now working to accelerate the demining process.

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NEWS: Life-saving medicines to reach 3,800 people living with HIV/AIDS

The UNDP delivered its first batch of medicines in Moldova, under a new project designed to make sure the most vulnerable people get their treatments on time.

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NEWS: New 10 million EUR initiative to help boost citizen engagement across the Western Balkans

UNDP and the European Union launched an ambitious programme to substantially increase the involvement of civil society organizations in local development efforts in the Western Balkans.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

Roma woman and baby
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.

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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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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.