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After a series of disruptions caused by political upheavals and government restrictions, an UNDEF Egypt project has started work in earnest to form a coalition of partners for integrity... more >>
UNDEF Board member Jeffrey Wright, the award-winning actor currently starring in Boardwalk Empire and the new Hunger Games sequel... more >>
In the Longido District of northern Tanzania, UNDEF supports a community development project among the Maasai population with a special focus on women... more >>
An UNDEF-funded project in the Russian Federation co-organized a nationwide conference in October 2013 on indigenous peoples and industry: Cooperation, prospects, challenges..... more >>
A graduate of an UNDEF-funded project for women’s empowerment in India has been elected Mayor of Ahmedabad, a city with a population of six million. Meenaxiben Patel, elected Mayor in April 2013, participated in a training and capacity-building programme funded by UNDEF... more >>
Studies show that voters in Liberia, particularly rural women and youth, vote out of fear and ignorance because the majority are illiterate and have no access to civic or voter education. An UNDEF-funded project provides voter and civic education in rural areas... more >>
For Azerbaijan's presidential elections on 9 October 2013, and parliamentary elections in November 2015, UNDEF funds a project in Azerbaijan to build awareness of electoral process and voting rights among local communities, with a special focus on women and youth.  In this way, it works to strengthen participation in democratic processes of the future. Implemented by Azerbaijan Youth Union,the project held two days of training in basic principles of voting rights in Lenkaran City in August 2013. more >>
Diplomats, UN officials and civil society representatives gathered during the opening of the UN General Assembly for the launch of the UNDEF/Hunger Project 2013 State of Participatory Democracy Report. The report is part of a two-year project to cultivate a global community of practice, develop a multidimensional Participatory Local Democracy Index, and publish an annual report of its findings. The report was covered in a Huffington Post article  more >>
To mark the International Day of Democracy, International Herald Tribune and Kathimerini newspapers convened, in cooperation with UNDEF, the  "Athens Forum 2013:  Democracy under Pressure" in the Ancient Agora of Athens -- the birthplace of democracy. The event, which can be watched in its entirety here, was part of the Herald Tribune's The Global Conversation series of high-level debates and panel discussions on key global challenges. Panellists included ministers from India and Sweden, two of UNDEF's top donors. more >>
UNDEF co-convened an event at the  International Peace Institute in New York on 16 September to mark the International Day of Democracy. The invitation-only event, “Democratization at the Sharp End” brought together leading UN officials from the UN’s work in the field, including Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and former Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti; Margaret Vogt, outgoing Special Representative of Secretary-General in the Central African Republic; and Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordfinator in Belarus. They were joined by Michael Doyle, Chair of the Advisory Board of UN Democracy Fund,  more >>

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