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In the Maldives, mobile text messages that make for greener, cleaner islands

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There are over 600,000 mobile phone subscribers in the Maldives for a national population of only half as much. UNDP Photo

Google the Maldives on your browser. The images that populate your browser window are often of pristine island resorts or of Malé, the overcrowded capital city. There is a ‘third’ Maldives that people often forget exists; a side of the Maldives that tourists will seldom see...... Read more

Saving our Tuna

The UNDP/Discovery Asia documentary, Saving our Tuna, points to a few of the means that are used to keep the catch in check. The aim of the film, which recently aired on Discovery Channel in Asia, is to raise awareness about the complex issues related to sustainability in our oceans.... Read more

In Viet Nam, community homesteads are the new law schools

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Vulnerable groups have among the lowest rates of access to justice services in Viet Nam. UN Photo.

In the past decade, Viet Nam has achieved impressive economic growth and human development, but it is increasingly evident that justice services have not been able to keep pace with these rapid changes.... Read more

In Bhutan, it's 'game on' for innovation

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Young monks at a Bhutan monastery. Christopher Michel licensed under CC 4.0

Why an innovation developed by UNDP and the Bhutanese government could see parents in the Himalayan country encouraging young people to spend more time gaming.... Read more

Women are key to building peace in Afghanistan

  My journey in working for peace started as a college student -- at the time of the second largest wave of Afghan refugee influx to Pakistan, post 9/11. Many other young Afghans (including me), who already lived as refugees in Pakistan stepped forward to support other Afghans, who were affected by war and now living in extremely vulnerable and volatile situation on the Pak-Afghan border. Witnessing these displaced Afghans suffering exploitation and violence, my core area of work became working for peaceful co-existence. Afghan women have been the witnesses, victims as well as actors of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. I was born in a conflict situation and raised as a refugee, where in my young age I saw suffering and misery. Women and children in particular have been the prime victims, those who escaped war to save their lives and those who stayed behind and lost their dear ones, all faced hardships and often loss of their dignity. Every society approaches issues of violence, security and peace in distinctive ways, particularly traditional communities practicing unique approaches not widely known or accessible to the outside world. This means that peace building is not a universal concept that can be applied... Read more