On World Water Day, check out UNDP's work in water and ocean governance here http://on.undp.org/uPdYo

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This year’s theme for International Women's Day, “Equality for women is progress for all” emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role of women as agents of development. www.undp.org/focusonwomen

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Deminer and a bomb detection dog work side-by-side to search for landmines and unexploded ordnances in Tajikistan. Credit: UNDP Tajikistan

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The ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic has forced more than 100,000 nationals from Chad to return home. UNDP will help to resettle 80,000 of these The humanitarian community is raising US $33 million as part of an emergency response to the crisis. The fund will benefit 150,000 people for a period of 6 months The United Nations in Chad says around $6 million has been received from donors. A further $27 million is still urgently needed. http://on.undp.org/vPeTa

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On the border of Syria, Akkar is one of the poorest regions in Lebanon. Of the nearly one million refugees who have fled the neighboring conflict, 200,000 have settled in Akkar, doubling the population. With support from donors, the United Nations Development Programme has set up a farmers' cooperative to help increase productivity.

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UNDP’s CDRT project has supported 57 villages in Paletwa Township, Myanmar, to improve their water supply. Read more: http://on.undp.org/vRFjw

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Honduras: Almost one century after the isolated village of Plan Grande in northern Honduras was founded, its inhabitants were still living in semi-darkness. To tackle this problem, a UNDP-supported project helped build a hydroelectric power plant, eliminating the use of fuel, candles and batteries. Of the 80 houses located in this community, 53 have been hooked up to the system. http://on.undp.org/waRZD

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In the Central African Republic, where the on-going fighting has destroyed infrastructure, UNDP will fix water reservoirs, bridges and clinics through a new emergency work scheme. Photo UNDP

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This 4 March UNDP help its 11th annual Match Against Poverty with Goodwill Ambassadors Zidane, Ronaldo, Marta and many other soccer legends to raise funds for recovery in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan . read more: http://on.undp.org/umnwA

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