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Kyrgyzstan: Hello, this is Zardaly speaking

  “Honestly, in the beginning when we raised the issue and asked for funding, we did not think it was possible. But, as they say, little strokes fell great oaks. After some discussions, we managed to persuade local authorities,” says Kasymaly Kalambekov, resident of the remote village of Zardalmore

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The road ahead: Good opportunities for partnerships in health and development

  Cihan Sultanoğlu, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC) Speech: Partnerships for Health in the WHO Europe Region 64th Session of WHO Regional Committee for Europe Copenhagen, 15-18 September   Thank you, Mr. Chair!   Excemore

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Chicken or the egg? Young entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan say both

  Kalys Turganbaev was not a businessman.   Before 2013, he’d never produced or sold anything, especially not eggs – a rather unusual product in the traditionally meat-producing Naryn province of Kyrgyzstan.   So when he decided to launch an egg business with a few friends, it was mormore

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Promoting health by mitigating climate change – leading by example in the health sector

    Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, UNDP Regional Team Leader for HIV, Health and Development Speech at the WHO Global Health and Climate Conference on 27-29 August 2014, Geneva, Switzerland     Yesterday, Maria Neira presented the nice slide showing the sectors most contributing tmore

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Inequalities dampen progress in Moldova

The deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is less than two years away.   In the run up to 2015, many countries are taking stock of their achievements and setbacks. In Moldova, this exercise has demonstrated that further progress on the MDGs rests on successfully overcomingmore

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Learning to fight early marriages in Kyrgyzstan

  Be it for economic or social reasons, the number of early marriages in Kyrgyzstan remains high. According to recent statistics, roughly 12 percent of brides in the country are under the age of 18.   In rural areas, girls are often subjected to arranged marriages upon completion of high smore

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A joint effort: Blueberry days in Georgia

  “Fresh air, the smell of soil, and a seasonal harvest are everyday joys of a farmer,” says Tengiz Mikeladze, a resident of the remote village of Buturauli.   Mikeladze is one of those people who was born to be a farmer. He wakes up early, listens to his seedlings, and tirelessly removes more

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My Municipality: Taking inclusion to new levels in fYR Macedonia

On 13 May 2014, Tetovo, a municipality in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, took a major step forward in increasing the transparency, accountability, and responsiveness of local government.   The launch of a new system called 'My Municipality' is set to transform the way the public comore

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Great job: A better future is working for people with disabilities in Albania

  Sidrit Dedja is an amazing person: curious, equipped with a good sense of humor, and a real sense of purpose. He is 25 years old, and was born in the town Shkodra, Albania with a significant motor disability. Despite this, he was able to complete his primary education. For Sidrit, this was whmore

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Hackathon in Ukraine: Making sure every voice is heard

How do you ensure people’s safety and security in a conflict situation?  How do you select the most reliable sources of information in an overcrowded media environment? How do you mobilize and cooperate effectively with friends, colleagues and neighbours when conflict does arise? These were more

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I woke up when I started my education again: A success story in Kosovo*

   It’s a rare sunny day here in the Roma/Ashkali/Egyptian (RAE) quarter of Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Kosovo; a welcome respite from a long spell of chilly, overcast winter weather. It’s also the perfect day to skip school. Or, if you’re not enrolled in school – as is the case for nearlmore

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Important for the job: Border management in Central Asia

  Border agencies throughout Central Asia face profound security risks and challenges. These threats can come from a wide array of sources: the fragile security situation in Afghanistan, potential regional instability arising from religious extremism, terrorism, narcotics and weapons traffickinmore

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Water and energy - twin benefits from UNDP--Coca-Cola projects

  The concept of ‘water and energy’ – the theme of World Water Day in 2014 – can conjure up thoughts of large cooling towers in power stations and the hefty power needs of industrial-scale water-treatment plants. But on a much smaller scale, within communities, water and energy also go hand in more

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Bosnia and Herzegovina chooses life without weapons

Dubica is a small city on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. In the past six months, this seemingly peaceful municipality was shaken by several serious and violent incidents committed with illegal weapons.   Two and a half hours away, in the town of Modrica, teenagers recemore

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: A brighter future for children... and their nannies

With an unemployment rate of nearly 45 percent, finding a job for many in Bosnia and Herzegovina can seem like a mission impossible. This has particularly been the case for women, many of whom have spent years trying to secure a brighter future for themselves and their families. Today, however, themore

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Restoring the health of Lake Prespa

At over five million years old, Lake Prespa is amongst the most ancient freshwater lakes in the world.   The beautiful but environmentally vulnerable region of the Prespa Lake Basin is home to more than 2,000 species of fish, birds, mammals and plants. Many of these species are unique and manymore

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Kyrgyzstan: Bridging the gap between government and people

Bekzat Usenkanov, 35, says he never thought that one day he would become a public watchdog because his keen interest has always been in new communication technologies.   He spent several years studying abroad. Upon return to Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Usenkanov encountered problems when he attempted to smore

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: A step to end HIV-related stigma

Bosnia and Herzegovina passed a milestone in its effort to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination when a baby was born via C-section in January to HIV-positive parents in Sarajevo.   “We all know how much blood there can be when a cesarean section is performed, but there was no hesitation omore

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New solutions to energy challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

New York, 11 December 2013 – UNDP launches the third volume of Empowering Lives, Building Resilience, a report compiling sustainable energy success stories from UNDP’s work in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. These stories demonstrate how sound policies, capacities and finanmore

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Taking the drama out of disaster

Emergencies call for fast thinking and rapid reactions to prevent a crisis from becoming a disaster.   And as high-school students in Strumica discovered just recently, one of the most effective ways to take the drama out of a crisis is through drama itself—not only rehearsing and simulating dmore

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