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This paper examines different modalities used by various countries in the Asia-Pacific region to administer local elections and demonstrates the impact of management practices on electoral cycle approaches, the delivery of elections, and the provision of assistance. The paper also makes broad policy recommendations for contexts where assistance providers may choose to target programs and where election management bodies may decide to focus local level capacity strengthening initiatives.
29 April 2013
Bangkok — The United Nations launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific here today in the presence of top national leaders, calling on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers to join hands to end hunger in the region where the majority of the world’s undernourished people live. More...
Vientiane — United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has appointed Ms. Alexandra Bounxouei as its first National Goodwill Ambassador for Lao PDR. The announcement was made today at a press conference held in the UN House.
05 April 2013
Bangkok — 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).
Starting today (5 April) – the actual milestone date – through to Friday 12 April, UN offices around the world are working with governments, civil society and international partners to mark “MDG Momentum: 1,000 Days of Action” in a variety of ways. More...
‘Yet, still we dance’ was a unique art exhibit with works created by sex workers from eight ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste. More than 50 sex worker artists were involved in creating this exhibit using a range of mediums including sculpture, painting, fabric, and photography. It ran for 10 days at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. More...
For 1.3 billion of the Earth's people, energy production infrastructure is not available for heating, cooking or even lighting one's way. Yet, in some of the poorest and most remote areas of Asia, innovative solutions are powering local communities and changing people's lives. UNDP's 'Inside Out: One Simple Solution' travels to Nepal, India and the Philippines to uncover the amazing and simple solutions that are being found to solve one of the world's toughest problems, energy poverty. The documentary will be premiered on Discovery Asia on World Environment Day, 5 June 2013. More...
The paper documents the recent developments, opportunities and challenges in intellectual property rights and access to affordable medicines in China. In particular, the paper finds that there have been impressive achievements in the national response to the HIV epidemic in China. Examples include the rapid expansion of government-supported antiretroviral (ARV) schemes and the development of a legal framework on intellectual property to address access to affordable pharmaceutical products in China.
The 2013 first issue of the newsletter covers events and activities across the region on macroeconomics issues from a gender perspective. Read more about a new gender economics course in Thailand, Australia cancelled time use survey, and new resources.
The document presents a summary of the e-discussion on linkages between violence-against-women (VAW) and HIV, which took place from 25 November to 10 December 2012 on the Asia Pacific Community of Practice on HIV, Gender and Human Rights (HIV-APCoP) website, and coincided with the 16 Days of Activism on violence-against-women. More...
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.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation Facility for Asia and the Pacific (ADAPT Asia-Pacific) have today commenced work on strengthening the capacities of professionals from Asia-Pacific Ministries of Finance, Planning, Agriculture, Water, and Environment. The cooperation will integrate the economics of climate change adaptation into development planning and to identify bankable adaptation projects. More...
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