I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life. As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region. It is equally difficult for me to see the process in… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Central Asia
In the last few decades, environmental sustainability has been recognized as a key part of development. It forms one of the Millennium Development Goals and dominates the post-2015 consultations. But let`s be honest: Economy-centred growth, with little regard for environmental impact, still dominates the development strategies of most countries.
Climate change is everyone’s problem – and we are stepping up. UNDP is fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint of all programmes. When it comes to HIV, health and development - we’re working to deliver the vital services that millions count on - while at the same time minimizing their environmental impacts.
Corruption is a global threat that undermines a country’s development progress by limiting citizens’ abilities to claim their rights. The linkages between gender equality and development have long been recognized. For example, societies with greater female education have higher growth rates and per-capita incomes, better maternal health, lower infant mortality, and increased levels of nutrition. However, when… Read more »
Open data was one of the most hotly debated topics at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Europe regional meeting held in Dublin last week. The discussion focused on the necessity of creating incentive structures for both citizens and businesses to support open data, especially in regards to enhancing public services and driving growth.
Yesterday’s sustainable energy regional conference in Istanbul had people feeling, for lack of a better word, energized. We organized the event alongside colleagues from the Islamic Development Bank and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Robust discussions and keen insights from speakers and the nearly 200 participants made for a fascinating and thought-provoking first day.
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 »
We are excited to announce that we are publishing a new paper today on trade and human development in Central Asia in both English and Russian! We believe the ideas and recommendations of the paper have the potential to influence major policy discussions within the five countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)… Read more »
At UNDP we try to look at a situation from all angles. When it comes to the rights of people with disabilities, we like to think about how to answer the tough questions: In Kazakhstan, we designed a mobile app to connect those with hearing and speaking disabilities with emergency services; while in Belarus, we… Read more »
Given the rate of urbanization globally, what lies in store for cities in Central Asia? (See: What do you need to start building a city?) This was the focus of an online discussion held in August with a leading economist from the Asian Development Bank, Guanghua Wan. Mr. Wan co-authored a chapter of the Asian… Read more »