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January - March 2011
Sixteen representatives from National Human Rights Institutions in Asia, the Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) as well as UNDP colleagues from Country Offices in Nepal, Malaysia and Timor-Leste received Certificates in recognition of their newly acquired skills to assist National Human Rights Institutions comprehensively evaluate their capacities to efficiently work according to their mandates. The training contributed to developing a pool of capacity assessments experts from national institutions and UNDP, who will be able to offer peer-to-peer support to future appraisals of the institutional and organizational abilities of national human rights agencies in the region and beyond. More...
The publication, prepared by the Asia-Pacific Regional Centre on behalf of UNDP, UNAIDS, UN Women, OHCHR and APN+ captures the comments of 30 participants in the three-week long E-discussion hosted on the Asia-Pacific Community of Practice on HIV, Gender and Human Rights (HIV-APCoP). It focused on the key areas outlined by the Commission: (i) Laws and practices that effectively criminalize people living with and vulnerable to HIV; (ii) Laws and practices that mitigate or sustain violence and discrimination as lived by women; and (iii) Laws and practices that facilitate or impede treatment access. More...
Most of the articles quoted from the press release extensively and depending on the sub-region focused either on women’s under-representation in local governments or despite quotas and higher representation their absence from leadership positions. All emphasized the critical importance of women participation and the need for stronger action. More...
The pilot initiative, supported by the Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, was presented for the first time in an exhibition dedicated to the centenary of March 8th, International Women’s Day, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok. More...
March 8th, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. 2011 is the global centenary year for International Women’s Day (IWD) – 100 years since International Women’s Day was marked for the first time.
To commemorate the day the Regional UN Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women is hosting an event on 'Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology: pathway to decent work for women' on March 8th, 1:30-2:30 p.m., accommpanied by an exhibition at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. More...
New Delhi, 24 February 2011: “In societies such as South Asia that remain deeply entrenched in social, religious and ethnic divisions, economic growth alone cannot eliminate inequalities.” This was the verdict of Union Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram speaking at the culmination of the SAARC round of the 13th Mahbub ul Haq Memorial Inter School Debate in New Delhi today. More...
17 February 2011
The first Regional Dialogue of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law culminated today in a Town Hall debate bringing together community leaders, social activists, government representatives and UN officials from 22 countries across Asia and the Pacific. To speak out frankly, to share their concerns, and to learn from positive and negative national experiences was the appeal of UNDP Administrator Helen Clark who gave an inspirational start of the deliberations. More...
16 February 2011
On 23 February 2011, India will play host to the final South Asia round of the Mahbub ul Haq Memorial Inter-School Debate Competition. This prestigious event is both a celebration of memory of Dr Mahbub ul Haq, pioneer of the Human Development approach and founder of the UNDP commissioned Human Development Reports and the Human Development Index, and a favorable opportunity to popularize human development issues among future leaders while promoting equality of opportunity to learn and voice opinions. More...
07 February 2011
This is the seventh edition of the Capacity Development Team’s quarterly newsletter, CapacitE-news, and the first in this year. This issue highlights our engagement with ASEAN, our experiences with the Local Government of Albay in the Philippines, our association with the project for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor in Peru, our ongoing work in Aceh, Indonesia.
This status report aims to deepen the understanding of progress made towards the Millennium Development Goal 3, Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, by introducing a sub-national measure of women’s political representation. This status report will form a baseline measure of women’s representation in local government in Asia-Pacific on a country by country basis, and it is planned to be updated every year until 2015 to support the national, regional and global status assessment and dialogue on the achievement of MDG 3.
The report is a product of the partnership of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, part of UN Women), United Cities and Local Government Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF).
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The 2011 first issue of the newsletter highlights regional events, activities and publications from a gender perspective on macroeconomics, trade, employment generation, justice and legal issues. UNDP staff and partners report on the Second Congress of the Asian Association of Women’s Studies ‘Debating Gender Justice Asia’ which took place in December 2010 in Penang, Malaysia as well as on the recent Symposium ‘For Love or Money? Current Issues in the Economics of Care’, convened last January in Tokyo, Japan. The Asia-Pacific GEM features latest publications on gender equality and trade policies and officially announces the call for participation in the 2nd Asia-Pacific Intensive Course on Gender and Macroeconomic Issues that will take place in July in Saitama, Japan.
Asia-Pacific GEM brings quarterly news and information related to gender and macroeconomic issues in the region to government officials, development agencies, civil society, and academia. It is produced under the Asia-Pacific Capacity Development project on Gender and Macroeconomic Issues, which is funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund. The next issue of the newsletter will be released in April 2011.
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This report identifies ways in which local governments can address climate change, both at the policy level and on the ground. It outlines approaches for national governments, development agencies and specialist climate change institutions to improve the performance of local governments in addressing climate change.
The report was prepared jointly by the United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the United Nations Capital Development Fund.
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An international workshop on the ASEAN progress towards MDGs provided an important foundation for regional collaboration and partnership to intensify efforts to accelerate progress on slow and off-track MDG targets. Results include concrete steps to revitalize the draft ASEAN MDG Roadmap as well as recommendations to improve content, agree on timeline and design activities and practical mechanisms for reporting and monitoring of MDG progress within ASEAN. More...
Three of the latest studies and project initiatives led or co-authored by the APRC team were shared with the participants at the workshop-cum-expert group meeting on national women machineries, co-hosted by UN Women and ESCAP. The workshop, held in Bangkok (January 19-21), was a first opportunity to present, after its recent release, the study titled “Benchmarking National Legislation for Gender equality: finding from five Asian Countries”. More...
13 January 2011
Journalists from Bhutan and India and researchers from Indonesia and Vietnam have been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their work on women’s status in the region and climate change, themes that are central to progress on human development. More...
The publication reveals de jure challenges and legal gaps that undermine women’s fundamental freedoms and rights. The study demonstrates how women continue to face significant discrimination within the legal systems they face. This is despite legal reform—legislative change and the use of progressive judicial precedents. More...
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04 January 2011
The answer is a resounding yes, as long as it is provided with the involvement of the people who can benefit from it, and it is sufficiently targeted to the needs at hand. For aid to be effective it must be based on partnerships with common goals and mutual responsibilities. More...
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