Stories


Kazakhstan's pristine nature as a potential for ecotourism development

Ecotourism is the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry, accounting for 25 percent of the global tourism. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the number of ecotourists…  


Why is technology a great career choice for women?

Out of the total female student population enrolled in higher education globally, only around 30 percent have chosen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related fields of study. Of…  


Resilient forests: A strong partner in addressing climate change

Forests cover 30 percent of the Earth’s land area and represent a lifeline for the people and the planet. They are essential to the mankind as well as to the 80 percent of the Earh’s land-based…  


Turkestan artisan’s crafts mesh with environment

Aisulu Sadykova is a woodcarver from a family of artisans in the ancient city of Turkestan, Kazakhstan. Aisulu has been creating traditional handicrafts - felt dolls, yurts, wooden camel figurines -…  


Afghan Students Reminisce: On the hard path to Self-Realization

In many countries, education is taken for granted, it is the norm. In contrast, in some societies women still lack equal access or equal opportunities to education regardless of their abilities and…  


Scaling stony mountain pass to parity – Science degrees in hand

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite an ongoing international effort to inspire and engage women and girls in the sciences,…  


Kazakhstan may suffer economic losses in wheat production due to climate change

Although hunger eradication and undernourishment is not relevant to Kazakhstan, they remain one of the humanity’s most pressing problems globally. Between 1992 and 2017, significant progress was made…  


Recovering Better with Integrity

Corruption, bribery, theft, tax evasion, and other illicit financial flows cost developing countries $1.26 trillion per year. That is roughly the combined size of the economies of Switzerland, South…  


Everyone has the right to work

There are 430,000 people with disabilities in a productive age in Kazakhstan and only a quarter of them are employed. To address the unemployment, in April 2020, UNDP supported the launch of the…  


GBV response protocols of South Korean police inspired a change in attitude of Kazakhstan police force

“Serving as the first line of response in gender-based violence (GBV) cases, the police in Kazakhstan plays an important role in ensuring access to justice for survivors of violence. Their experience…  

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