New steps ease access for more affordable medicinesAug 4, 2015The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs of national governments to secure access for their citizens to affordable medicines.
Afghan youth vote in historic electionsJul 27, 2015Despite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5th April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The election marks the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power is handed from one democratically elected government to another.
Making policing count for women in AfghanistanJul 27, 2015Meet Colonel Jamila Bayaz. She runs one of Kabul’s most important police districts which includes the presidential palace and central bank. And she's shining a light on a new generation of reforms that will make law enforcement agencies more accessible and friendly to Afghanistan's women.
Mock or Practice Parliaments Help Put More Pacific Women in the HouseJul 27, 2015Pacific island countries have the lowest number of female parliamentarians in the world. The Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu have no women in Parliament, and as at July 2013 Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Marshall Islands had each only one female parliamentarian. This situation is despite the considerable work that has been done to raise awareness with policymakers about the need for temporary special measures to promote women’s representation. During 2011 and 2012, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the UNDP Pacific Centre tried a novel approach to build the capacity of women candidates by running the first ever Mock Parliaments for Women in the Pacific.