Albania: Youth employment as a priority for the #Post2015 development agenda

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Filed under: Governance Guest posts Human rights Poverty Social inclusion

The official unemployment rate in Albania is around 13 percent, while youth unemployment is twice as high (INSTAT). Because of this high rate and the fact that the existing Millennium Development Goals are not particularly focused on youth employment, Albania made sure to include this issue in the current discussions on the post-2015 development agenda…. Read more »

A day in the life: UNDP health and safety expert, Cyprus

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Filed under: Health Peace and security

To mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we accompanied Fatma Terlik, health and safety focal point for the UNDP Partnership for the Future Programme in Cyprus, as she toured various on-going construction sites. With more than 55 civil works contracts awarded in the past five years – ranging from 10,000 to 25 million euros each – and approximately 800… Read more »

Humans or bust: Will Rio + 20 be about people?

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Filed under: Climate change Development Development 2.0 Health

As the last region to hold its Preparatory Meeting for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) region is a bit of a test case for the global debate since it includes low, medium, and high-income countries. For the first two days of December, 350 representatives of governments, academic experts,… Read more »