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  • 13 Sep 2013
    Palau hosts second Mock Congress for Women

    "I hope that this Mock Congress exercise will give the participating women the confidence to realize their potential as leaders in Palau, and can give them the courage to put up their names and stand for national elections."

  • 11 Sep 2013
    UNDP launches Regional Report: ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’

    New York—The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched its Asia-Pacific Regional Report ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’ in New York today, highlighting a string of successful programmes implemented between 2008 and 2012 in the region.

  • 11 Sep 2013
    Bangladesh and India scale up to save lives, improve the reach of justice, and bring information to those who need it most

    Three case studies illustrate a range of initiatives that started small and grew nationally with support from UNDP, and strong partnerships with governments, donors, and local communities.

  • 10 Sep 2013
    UN survey of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific reveals why some men use violence against women and girls

    A UN study of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific, released today, found that overall nearly half of those men interviewed reported using physical and/or sexual violence against a female partner, ranging from 26 percent to 80 percent across the sites studied. Nearly a quarter of men interviewed reported perpetrating rape against a woman or girl, ranging from 10 percent to 62 percent across the sites.

  • 09 Sep 2013
    Achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities

    The urbanization process in the Asia-Pacific region is proceeding at unprecedented speed and scale. Rapid urbanization linked to economic growth brings new opportunities and challenges for sustainable and inclusive development. The pace of urban growth has caught many governments and communities in Asia and the Pacific unprepared. The demand for land, shelter, transport, energy supplies and social and environmental services has outstripped supply. The importance of cities to inclusive development and poverty reduction provides a compelling case for a greater and more strategic UNDP involvement in urban issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • 04 Sep 2013
    Gender and Macroeconomic Issues in Asia and the Pacific - Quarterly Newsletter vol.4 issue 3

    The 2013 third issue of the newsletter covers events and activities across the region on macroeconomics issues from a gender perspective. Download a copy to read about new UNDP project ‘Promoting Women’s MSMEs in South Asia, updates on GRB in Penang and more…

  • 02 Sep 2013
    “Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia

    New York - Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today. A Chinese national, Mr. Xu has held various leadership positions in UNDP, most recently as Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

  • 22 Aug 2013
    Myanmar talks good local governance

    Representatives from Government of Myanmar, civil society representative, academic institutions, Members of Parliament, as well as development partners discussed local governance at a national conference on “Good Local Governance and People-Centered Services – What Can We Learn from Best Practices in the Region?”

  • 14 Aug 2013
    New report investigates the sustainable energy opportunities and challenges in Asia and the Pacific

    New report from UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre investigates the sustainable energy opportunities and challenges in the region in relation to poverty reduction and development. It is produced in line with the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), which seeks to reach three goals by 2030: Universal access to modern energy; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

  • 07 Aug 2013
    UN gears up to fight corruption in the Pacific

    The impact of corruption and the challenge of fighting corruption are well known to citizens and observers of the Pacific. In recognizing the importance of fighting corruption, the United Nations has commenced a 4 year USD4.3 million Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project. The Project, funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), is being jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

  • 31 Jul 2013
    Asian women peace activists receive N-Peace Awards for their work in the frontlines of conflict

    Today eight awardees have been announced by N-Peace Network partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Search for Common Ground. The winners include six women who have made dramatic changes towards peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and the Philippines. In addition, this year’s awards honour a youth champion of peace from the Philippines and one male recipient who works to advance peace and equality in post-conflict regions in Indonesia.

  • 22 Jul 2013
    Gender and Macroeconomic Issues in Asia and the Pacific - Quarterly Newsletter vol.4 issue 2

    The 2013 second issue of the newsletter covers events and activities across the region on macroeconomics issues from a gender perspective. Download a copy to read about mobility of Thai nurses under ASEAN Economic Community and new resources.

  • 19 Jul 2013
    Solomon Islanders Take Another Step Forward towards Sustainable Peace

    For the past week, over 40 religious, private sector, and civil society leaders from around the Solomon Islands have participated a training course in peacebuilding.

  • 10 Jul 2013
    Translating National Integration of Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change at the Community Level

    The integration of climate change and disaster risk management functions is taking place at the national and community level in various ways. Today, at the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, representatives from Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga shared concrete examples of how these are impacting at the national level.

  • 05 Jul 2013
    N-Peace Awardees to be announced soon

    Voting has closed for the N-Peace Awards as of 3 July. In the coming weeks ahead, technical experts will carry out a second routine verification process to check confirmed votes were made with legitimate email accounts and; remove votes that cannot be validated as genuine emails. N-Peace Awardees will be announced in late July!

  • 05 Jul 2013
    Another Step Forward towards Sustainable Peace in the Pacific

    For the past three weeks, over 35 religious and civil society leaders from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea (including Bougainville), West Papua, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Nauru, Kiribati, Samoa and American Samoa, have undergone an intensive training course in peacebuilding.

  • 24 Jun 2013
    Pacific youth to take on organic agriculture

    The second in a series of workshops to build the skills of youth in organic agriculture concluded in Port Vila last week. Organic agriculture is a farming system that relies on working closely with the ecosystem without reliance on chemicals to increase yields or manage weeds and pests. Organic agriculture is also one of the areas attracting young farmers worldwide. Against the backdrop of an aging farming population in the Pacific, organic agriculture has been identified as a means to get more young Pacific Islanders involved in farming.

  • 17 Jun 2013
    Journalists Encouraged to Increase Reporting on Housing Issues

    Media stories on urbanization and housing in the Pacific are not always given the prominence they deserve, yet the role of the media in giving a voice to the people living on the margins of society is crucial in shaping public opinion and catalyzing policy decisions that respect people’s rights.

  • 17 Jun 2013
    Garry Wiseman: Opening of Media Workshop “Promoting the Right to Adequate Housing in Melanesia”

  • 15 Jun 2013
    Consultation Identifies Ways to Support a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

    There are many ways in which women can be empowered to promote a culture of peace and non-violence in the Pacific, just as there are many ways in which culture has been used as an excuse to limit the rights of girls and women.