Events & Conferences

This section brings periodic updates on alternative development and related UNODC news and events.





Development, Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods in Afghanistan

Vienna, 1 December 2020: The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, together with the Vienna-based organizations of UNIDO and UNODC, hosted a virtual event focusing on the importance of development, women’s empowerment and livelihoods in Afghanistan, to highlight the critical role of women in sustainable, peaceful development.

Ambassadors from Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States highlighted the importance of improving the lives and livelihoods of Afghans, and of enhancing women’s access to education, as there is no sustainable development without inclusive development. The high-level opening speakers remarked on progress made in empowering women and stressed that this progress must be maintained and further strengthened to include meaningful involvement of women in decision-making and participation in the economy. Read more about the event here.



Marketplace Event, Afghanistan

UNODC partnered with the Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) to hold a joint marketplace event as part of its alternative development programme in Afghanistan. An exhibition was held to support women entrepreneurs involved in small businesses. The exhibition provided an opportunity for the businesswomen to showcase their products and meet national and international buyers face to face. The entrepreneurs learn about the quality, packaging, branding and pricing required to enter markets. This is the second joint exhibition held by UNODC and AWCCI.

Watch this video to learn more about the event.