The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia


Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life. 2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be… Read more »

Even the best reform laws just aren’t enough anymore


Filed under: Human rights

Three things are required from a democratic country wishing to improve its human rights record: implementation, implementation and implementation. Why implementation? Because changing laws is one thing, but ensuring that those changes take hold is another matter entirely. Over the past 13 years, Serbian legislation has undergone a complete overhaul. As a party to all… Read more »

Odessa municipality listens to feedback about service quality from people living with HIV

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Filed under: Health HIV Human rights Social inclusion

It is a well-known fact that effective HIV responses usually involve the strong engagement of regional and local organizations as they are closer to the people who need these services and better understand their needs. (Key populations at higher risk of HIV include people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men… Read more »

Judicial integrity: The missing link?


Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Human rights Social inclusion

The integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to protecting human rights and fostering economic development. But is this enough to ensure social justice and an inclusive legal state? Unfortunately, for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups across Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the lack of access to justice is widespread. And it… Read more »

JashtarCamp 2013: Youth and technology for peace in Kyrgyzstan


Filed under: Central Asia Development 2.0 Human rights Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

Last month we celebrated World Youth at the fifth annual youth conference Jashtar Camp 2013, which brought together more than 1,000 young people from across Kyrgyzstan to discuss technology and peace. Jashtar Camp (meaning “youth camp” in the Kyrgyz language) 2013, supported by UNDP in Kyrgyzstan among other partners, was held in four locations across the… Read more »