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Istanbul Development Dialogues 2017

IDD 2017 focuses on risk and resilience, notions that will encourage participants to discuss the economic, political, social and environmental shocks that are taking place across the planet, their relationship with growing global inequalities and their implications for long-term development planning.

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FEATURED GLOBAL GOAL | Goal 6: Clear Water and Sanitation

Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world, an alarming figure that is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change. Although 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem impacting every continent.

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Systematic measures required to shield countries and communities from shocks

Achieving Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development will require risk-proofing all development sectors and initiatives, said Helen Clark, the Administrator of UNDP at Istanbul Development Dialogues 2017, focused on risk and resilience.

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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.

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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.

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BLOG POST: When it comes to the lives of LGBTI people, dialogue can save lives

It is not news that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity around the world. The situation is no better in Eastern Europe.

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FEATURE: Armenian women take the political stage

In Armenia, more women are getting involved in politics, especially at the local level.

VIDEO: From the Balkans to Sub-Saharan Africa: Gender Training for the Military

Since 2012, over 4700 military in the Western Balkans have received trainings to advance gender equality in the military. Now, they are training military from Sub-Saharan Africa.

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BLOG POST: Can gender perspectives change the way we do firearms control?

Our latest study shows that gender is strictly related to firearms as men own over 95 per cent of firearms in the South East Europe region.

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PHOTO ESSAY: REACHING THE MARGINS: Fighting social exclusion in Montenegro

In Montenegro, where existing social services are still lacking, the vulnerable ones continue to face numerous barriers to social inclusion. UNDP is making social services tailored to the needs of the most vulnerable, more accessible, and available in all municipalities.

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VIDEO: 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...

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PHOTO ESSAY: The story of Sipan

Meet Sipan, an ordinary person living a less than ordinary life. Visually impaired since the age of 4, Sipan is now a disability rights activist, fighting for his community’s rights.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Albania's stunning coastal beauty: The country's first marine-protected park

Through a participatory approach, UNDP helped developed and secure the Karaburun-Sazan Marine Protected Area, the first of it's kind in Albania. What once was an isolated, unreached spot, has now turned into an attractive place, especially for foreign and local tourists.