UNDP Commits to Stay in Afghanistan for Long Haul

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UNDP will continue to support Afghanistan to meet its development goals

UNDP commits to continue building capacity of national and subnational institutions to ensure that they take the reins of the development agenda.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support Afghanistan to meet its development goals, said Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, today during an official visit to the country.

“UNDP commits to continue building capacity of national and subnational institutions to ensure that they take the reins of the development agenda,” said Grynspan. “Partnering with all levels of Government, civil society organizations and the international community we will continue to build on the progress made so far.”

Grynspan concluded her three-day visit to Kabul today by meeting Afghanistan’s First Vice President, Mohammad Qasim Fahim.

UNDP has worked in Afghanistan for more than 50 years, operating projects across the country’s 34 provinces, focusing on crisis prevention and recovery, poverty reduction and democratic governance, including institution building and support for the most recent election in September, 2010.

“Transition will add to the development challenges the Government faces in providing services to the people, not least because of the likely decrease in international assistance,” said Grynspan stressing UNDP’s commitment to the country which has become the organization’s largest programme globally.

Yesterday Grynspan’s first stop was at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs where she discussed UNDP’s role and actions in promoting women’s rights with a group of 20 women leaders, including high-level government officials, Parliamentarians and lawyers who represent those affected by gender-related violence.

“After more than 30 years of conflict, Afghanistan continues to face enormous development challenges, a central one being the advancement of women,” said Grynspan. “The country cannot improve human development - one of the lowest in the world - without significant progress in women rights.”

For more information about UNDP’s work in Afghanistan: http://www.undp.org.af

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