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  • 01 Mar 2007
    UNDP support 'clean' diamond trade

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was one of the producers of the documentary film, titled “BLING”, about the violent diamond trade in Sierra Leone of West Africa, that suffered from a devastating civil war during the 1990s.

  • 01 Mar 2007
    New director of bureau for Europe and CIS

    Kori Udovicki has assumed her responsibilities as an Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

  • 01 Mar 2007
    UNDP and UNEP cement their partnership with new 'Poverty and Environment' Facility

    UNDP and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reinforced the bond between fighting poverty and protecting the environment today by launching the joint Poverty and Environment Facility in Nairobi during the 24th session of the UNEP Governing Council.

  • 01 Feb 2007
    Small Investments Fund Projects

    “Small Investments Fund” (SIF) project consists of 8 small-scale sub-projects, all of which are designed to bring economic, social and/or cultural benefits to the local communities, and at the same time protect and preserve the natural environment, bio-diversity and sustainable energy recources of the area covering Rize, Artvin, Trabzon, Ardahan, Kars, Erzurum, Gümüşhane, Bayburt, Erzincan, Sivas, Kayseri, Kahramanmaraş, Adana, Osmaniye and Hatay provinces.

  • 01 Feb 2007
    Local pioneers of sustainable development

    23 local community projects from 18 different provinces of Turkey were chosen as worthy of receiving financial support from the ‘Grants Programme’, implemented within the framework of the “Integration of Sustainable Development into Sectoral Policies” project, which is being conducted by UNDP. The total budget allocated to the winning projects, funded by the European Union, is 913,000 Euros.

  • 01 Feb 2007
    Rural development initiatives in Turkey

    “Sivas-Erzincan Development Project” evaluation meeting, organized by UNDP and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, was held in Antalya on 12-13 December, 2006.

  • 01 Feb 2007
    Responsible business in new and prospective EU members

    The European Commission and UNDP have launched a new initiative to support corporate social responsibility (CSR) in new and prospective EU member countries.

  • 01 Feb 2007
    Transition in the public health sector

    UNDP provides support to the Turkish Ministry of Health in order to facilitate the implementation of the Health Transition Project (HTP), which aims to enhance the quality of human life in Turkey, by improving health status indicators and reducing disparities among different regions and socio-economic groups.

  • 01 Feb 2007
    Growing Sustainable Business Conference

    Business experts from eight different countries of Southeastern Europe and Caucasia met with Turkish businesspeople at the “Regional Growing Sustainable Business” Conference in Istanbul held on 24-25 January, 2007.

  • 01 Feb 2007
    Clean energy for rural regions

    “Clean Energy in Development” project, which is the Turkey leg of the “Liquified Petroleum Gas Rural Energy Challenge” project jointly conducted by UNDP and ‘World LPG Association’ (WLPGA) since 2002, will soon be started with the cooperation of ‘Turkish LPG Association’ (TLPGD) and UNDP/Turkey.

  • 01 Feb 2007
    A best example of 'hands-on community cooperation'

    Instead of waiting for the governmental authorities to come and fix the problems in their village, Karaurgan folks decided to go to the government themselves and ask for service. And in doing this, they assumed self responsibility. Each and every household in the village gave a hand in this common cause and helped build a sanitary sewerage system for their community.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    New fund for MDGs

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Spain today launched a new fund to boost efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 01 Jan 2007
    Support to local administration reform

    In Turkey, nation-wide training programmes geared towards improving human resource capacities of local administrations were launched in December.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    Development strategies for food sector

    Two conferences were held in December in the Southeast of Turkey in order to discuss the development strategies in organic farming and food sector. The first one was the Şanlıurfa Organic Farming Conference, organized on 7 December, 2006, by GAP Entrepreneur Support Centre (GIDEM) within the scope of “Organic Agriculture Industry Development Project.”

  • 01 Jan 2007
    "Environment reforms must accelerate"

    Egypt, Peru, Vietnam and Mongolia are among a number of countries taking the lead in putting the environment at the heart of their plans to cut poverty by 2015, according to a new report launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). However, unless more governments take more ambitious steps to protect the natural world, overall development goals will be jeopardized, stressed the Report.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    From human rights to poverty reduction and peace

    Significant international events regarding human rights, poverty reduction and development, and global peace took place in the last month of the year, December 2006, within the United Nations system.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    AIDS continues to grow

    Latest figures show that nearly 40 million people worldwide live with AIDS today. Last year approximately three million people died of AIDS-related diseases.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    Convention on Disabled adopted

    The first human rights treaty of the 21st century, ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’, was adopted by UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    Nobel Peace Prize goes to microfinance

    2006 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in equal parts to Mohammed Yunus (of Bangladesh) and his Grameen Bank that extends micro-finance banking facilities to poor people, “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below”.

  • 01 Jan 2007
    'Obligation, not Charity' marks poverty practitioners' meeting

    The National Community of Practice for Poverty met on 8 December 2006, in Ankara. The community of practice is a group of loosely associated experts and managers of poverty programmes, who are networked through a Poverty E-Discussion portal, supported by the UNDP and the Social Assistance General Directorate of Turkey.

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