Afghanistan's political and security transitions on track, says UN Envoy

Ján Kubiš

Progress regarding Afghanistan's ambitious security, political and economic transitions continues and efforts are on track, according to the UN Special Representative for the country, Ján Kubiš.

As Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mr. Kubiš briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the country.

Afghanistan is slated to hold Presidential and Provincial Council elections on 5 April 2014.

UNDP helps Eastern Europe and Central Asia address "energy poverty"

Solar powered showers at the beach. UNDP/ALBANIA@PHOTO

Frequent power cuts, high energy costs and lack of reliable and affordable heating in winter are just some of the energy challenges faced by countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

With Sustainable Development for All a United Nations priority, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has been supporting regional projects that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Some of the successes are highlighted in a report released this month entitled Empowering Lives, Building Resilience.

Managing pain better in Indonesia

Hospital in Jakarta

Finding a balance between the control of life-threatening narcotics and providing compassionate care to the sick is, in many countries, complicated.

This global dilemma in health management leaves an estimated 80 per cent of the world's population with little or no access to pain medication.

Meanwhile, Indonesia is known for its tough drug laws and morphine is often confused with heroin.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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