Sunday, September 6, 2015

Development News

Photos - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). "Since 2002 UNEP has played a key role in laying the foundations for sustainable development in Afghanistan, working with the government and other stakeholders to overcome serious land and resource degradation. UNEP's Disasters and Conflicts programme seeks to minimize environmental threats to human well-being from the environmental causes and consequences of conflicts and disasters." View the photos at this link on flickr and learn more about the UNEP Disasters and Conflicts programme at this link

RECCA Conference. "Representatives of more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations have gathered in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, to discuss the country's future." During the conference, called the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan or RECCA, participants debated a range of economic issues - including trade, customs, and border procedures. Read more in "Kabul Hosts Regional Economic Conference", Radio Free Europe, September 3, 2015. Visit the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) webpage on RECCA. Read also "Capacity Remains One of Afghanistan's Biggest Obstacles", The Diplomat, September 3, 2015.

Non-Traditional Education Supported by USAID. "A joint initiative by Afghanistan's Ministry of Education, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations International Children's Emergency fund (UNICEF) is to start the non-traditional education in rural areas in the country". This is a five-year long program with a budget of $75 million that will be administered in non-formal classrooms in 13 provinces of Afghanistan. Read a news report about this in Khaama News,  August 30, 2015.

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