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  • 20 Nov 2013
    'The Time Has Come'

    HIV now affects men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in much greater proportions than the general population. Projections of the HIV epidemic in Asia indicate that close to 50 percent of all new HIV infections occurring annually will be identified among MSM by 2020. In many Asian cities MSM already make up the majority of new HIV infections. Experts now recognize that in order to stop the spread of HIV among MSM and transgender people, limiting access to health care and prevention services and failure to fully recognize other basic individual rights must stop. Access to adequate health services and social support programmes is a fundamental human right.

  • 11 Nov 2013
    Philippines: UN releases US$25 million to fund emergency response

    The United Nations today announced an emergency allocation of US$25 million to fund critical relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which carved a trail of destruction across the Central Philippines on 8 November.

  • 08 Nov 2013
    Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator: Statement for the 2013 Annual Cluster Meeting UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

    This statement focuses on the evolving development landscape in Asia and the Pacific, and how UNDP’s new strategic plan positions it to support countries to meet their development priorities and address emerging challenges.

  • 06 Nov 2013
    UNDP Administrator trip to Viet Nam to focus on future development priorities and challenges

    Hanoi—United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark will visit Vietnam from 6-10 November to engage with senior government and UN officials, on issues including the evolving role of the UN in the country, acceleration of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, support to the Viet Nam Green Growth Strategy, and challenges and aspirations of the country’s women and ethnic minorities.

  • 30 Oct 2013
    UNDP and Korea push forward energy access plan for Asia's poor

    Over forty Korean and international experts gathered in Seoul today to push forward a Korea-UNDP partnership to boost energy access for the poor in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • 23 Oct 2013
    Approaching disasters and climate change from a development perspective

    Communities are vulnerable to disasters and climate change, not only due to the hazards themselves such as cyclones, tsunamis or changing weather patterns, but more so because of where we live, the structures we live in, and our access to basic services.

  • 23 Oct 2013
    Costing is key to ending violence against women

    Estimating the costs of gender-based violence is vital as it brings to light the hidden costs to society and the resources needed to end violence.

  • 23 Oct 2013
    UNDP leads multilateral organizations in global aid transparency

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the top-ranked multilateral organization in aid transparency according to a leading global ranking released today.

  • 22 Oct 2013
    Women peace activists in Asia take center stage at UNDP gala award event

    UNDP honored eight Asian peace activists from conflict countries at its third annual N-Peace awards ceremony that was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 October. The N-Peace Awards spotlight women who demonstrate leadership in building peace, and men who work with women for gender equality.

  • 21 Oct 2013
    100 Asian peace champions gather to honor women heroes from conflict zones

    Bangkok–Women leaders and peace champions from Asia will come together on 22 October 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, for the N-Peace Awards Ceremony & Leadership Forum for Peace hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 18 Oct 2013
    Asia-Pacific experts invited to apply for advanced training on ‘waste to energy for developing countries’

    Experts in Asia-Pacific countries are invited to apply for a five-day advanced training course on ‘Waste to Energy for Developing Countries’ to be held on 25–30 November 2013 at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • 14 Oct 2013
    World’s biggest election conference to debate emerging challenges in the electoral process

    Seoul—The United Nations Development Programme and the National Elections Commission of the Republic of Korea will co-host the largest forum on electoral matters in the world from 15 to 17 October in Seoul. Threats to electoral integrity, cost-effectiveness in electoral processes, and professional training of election officials will top the agenda of this important global event.

  • 08 Oct 2013
    UNDP commits to Trade Pasifika 2014

    Following a successful first regional trade expo in the Pacific by Pacific businesses in 2012, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for continued support for the 2014 expo.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    International conference in Bangkok examines ways to calculate the value of nature for national accounting purposes

    Statisticians, economists, ecologists and policy makers from across Asia will meet in Bangkok during 8th to 10th of October to define ways of calculating the value of natural resources that could reshape the way country success is measured.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    Korea plays international role in shaping new global development goals

    Seoul—International experts tackled how new global development goals can best end poverty and protect the planet at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP hosted conference today.

  • 03 Oct 2013
    Pacific Solution Exchange discusses Deep Sea Mining

    The deep sea a place mostly undiscovered and unregulated, is now facing large-scale industrial exploitation as mining of the deep seabed for minerals becomes a reality.

  • 25 Sep 2013
    Vanuatu commits to strengthening climate change and disaster risk governance

    The National Advisory Board on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (NAB) with support from the Pacific Risk Resilience (PRR) programme organized a one-day inception workshop for a nation-wide the Risk Governance Assessment in Vanuatu.

  • 20 Sep 2013
    What next for Asia and the Pacific? Reducing poverty is no longer enough

    Bangkok–Zero poverty, better quality education and accountable government top the agenda for Asia and the Pacific as countries look to the future and their “unfinished business” with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While the Asia-Pacific region has made progress in pulling millions out of poverty, it remains off track in such basic areas as hunger, health and sanitation, according to a new UN report.

  • 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.”

  • 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."