In their own words: Afghan women activists share their challenges living through conflict and their hopes for the future.

The crisis in Afghanistan threatens to erase two decades of development progress. In addition to the immediate security concerns, there is an imminent threat of total economic collapse. …


There’s a renewed sense of urgency to shift the way we move.

Pandemics leave lasting societal upheaval in their wakes. …


Mendonça João, 25, has experienced the horrors of the armed conflict and the violence in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique. During attacks on her village by armed groups, her home was burned down.

“We stayed here, in this same district of Macomia since the beginning and throughout the…


By Aeden Keffelew

“There’s lots and lots of wisdom, lots of ways of owning small things but thinking very big,” says Pratim Roy. “We are taught this is your land, this is your apartment, that’s your car. For them, this entire area is theirs. How do they have that kind…


Two young entrepreneurs see the potential in tiger nuts

Prince Oppong was studying science at the University of Cape Coast when he had the idea.

“One day, after lectures, I saw a woman selling tiger nuts, so I asked myself why do we only sell the raw nuts and not…


Captain Theodorus Jubitana was born in a small village Tapoeripa in Nickerie District, Suriname, on 10 April 1965. He was the ninth of 11 children in a Lokono family and grew up in a modest home. He involved himself in local politics, was a tireless campaigner for Suriname’s Indigenous community…


As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches its third year, it is clear the world faces an uncertain future shaped by economic and social crises. Effective global partnerships at all levels will be vital to surmounting the difficulties thrown up by the pandemic, as well as the climate crisis.

In this context…


By Jamil Akhtar

What is the bigger tragedy — never finding your true self or finding it and not being allowed to profess it?

What is worse — not being acknowledged at all or having your existence derided? …


UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner arrives in Haiti following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the island on 21 August 2021. Photo: UNDP

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner says Haiti needs “urgent support” from the international community to get back on its feet following this month’s double blow of a deadly earthquake and damaging tropical storm.

Mr Steiner and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed made a two-day visit to Haiti to demonstrate United…


“I needed to go. The pull of Everest was stronger for me than any force on Earth.” — Tensing Norgay Sherpa, mountaineer

A sherpa hauls supplies on the south side of the Everest Base Camp trek, at an altitude of 17,900 feet (5,500 m).
  1. The mountains of Asia, including Himalayas and the Hindu Kush, contain every one of the world’s mountains higher than 7,000 metres.

They began forming 50 million years ago…

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