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  • 13 Jun 2013
    Give Greater Recognition to Women's Role in Promoting a Culture of Peace in the Pacific:UN

    Women in the Pacific have shown over and over again that it is they who foster peace in a myriad of recognised and unrecognised ways. Women’s roles in bringing lasting peace and recognition in strife-torn societies need to be given a greater recognition.

  • 31 May 2013
    Pacific Parliamentarians Conclude Exchange Visit to Australia for Climate Discussions

    A group of Pacific Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff today concluded a week long study exchange to Australia during which they met with their Australian counterparts as well as researchers and held discussions on strengthening the role of Pacific Parliaments in tackling climate change.

  • 31 May 2013
    Securing A Safer Pacific

    More than thirty officials of Forum and United Nations Member Countries and representatives of civil society attended the ‘Security Sector Governance in the Pacific’ meeting that was convened jointly by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre in Suva, Fiji from 22 to 24 May 2013. The meeting examined the need to develop national overarching policies that guide agencies such as police, customs, immigration and defence in the development of coordinated responses to address potential security threats. Key discussions included the need for Pacific countries to establish mechanisms for effective civilian oversight and accountability to ensure security sector institutions are effective in protecting human rights, democratic processes and the rule of law.

  • 29 May 2013
    AIDS laws in Asia and the Pacific are failing to protect those most vulnerable

    Bangkok–Legal protections are unevenly enforced and human rights violations persist for people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific. According to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), weak anti-discrimination laws affect the daily lives of those living with HIV by creating barriers to access to health care, prevention and treatment, and employment and education opportunities. Most people who experience rights abuses do not attempt to seek redress through legal means, according to the report.

  • 17 May 2013
    Experts and Young People Call for Increased Respect for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Asia

    Experts and Young People Call for Increased Respect for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Asia

  • 14 May 2013
    Pacific Solution Exchange Event Promotes Technology Uses in Climate Change Programmes

    More than 40 development experts from across the Pacific today met to discuss existing and potential ways to incorporate Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as social media and mobile phone technology, into climate change, disaster risk and development programmes.

  • 03 May 2013
    Pacific Joins Asia and Latin America to Address Barriers to Access Climate Finance

    Community members and specialists in the Pacific are invited to join Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to share ideas on overcoming challenges being faced by countries keen to utilise global climate change finance.

  • 11 Apr 2013
    Challenging the Perception Among Pacific Youth that Farming is Not a Worthy Career

    The popularity of a Pacific-wide e-discussion about challenges in engaging Pacific youth in agriculture, forestry and food security, has today prompted a one-week extension.

  • 05 Apr 2013
    Accelerated action needed with 1,000 days to go on Millennium Development Goals

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners across Asia and the Pacific are today observing the milestone of 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

  • 22 Mar 2013
    Rakiraki Marketvendors Show Financial Record Keeping Progress

    Market vendors in Rakiraki have embarked on a new journey by adopting specially prepared financial record keeping tools to track their income.

  • 19 Mar 2013
    Financial Education In Action at Nadi Airport School

    From April 2013, all schools in Fiji will start teaching financial education in the classroom, exposing 197,000 students to new skills to better manage and invest money.

  • 11 Mar 2013
    UNDP and USAID Innovative Cooperation: Local Capacity Building on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation

    Forty-eight representatives of eleven countries in Asia are meeting in Bangkok this week, to enhance their ability to design effective climate change adaptation projects and integrate adaptation into national economic development planning.

  • 21 Dec 2012
    Documenting the rising epidemic among men who have sex with men in Asia

    Bangkok, 21 December - The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) have released a new publication series intending to document and circulate good practices, share progress, stimulate discussion, and inform priority interventions and advocacy efforts to address the rising HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Asia.

  • 19 Sep 2012
    Gender Checklists for Disaster Risk Management Launched

    A guide that prompts disaster risk managers to consider the different impacts of disasters on the lives of women and men living in small islands countries was launched today. Integrating Gender in Disaster Risk Management in Small Island Developing States: A Guide is intended as a practical tool for disaster managers and their teams working to build resilience at the community level.

  • 31 May 2012
    Asian countries chart new courses on intellectual property and trade to increase access to AIDS treatment

    Asian countries can save millions of lives by making bold steps to ensure intellectual property and free trade agreements do not impede access to AIDS treatment, concluded a high-level consultation hosted by the United Nations and regional health activists in Bangkok.