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The world has reached the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day five years ahead of the 2015 deadline. However, China, India, Brazil, Mexico and the prosperous rise of some African nations contrast with the rest of Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, with close to half of its population still extremely poor. We need to understand why close to one billion people have been left out of the process.
We have unprecedented opportunities – now and in 2015 – to strengthen co-operation on tackling climate change. On the one hand current climate change talks in Lima should advance negotiations on the new global climate deal, to be agreed in Paris at the end of 2015. On the other hand, discussions are currently taking place at the UN in New York for a “post-2015” development agenda, in which tackling environmental degradation will be prominent. Also, at Sendai in Japan next March, the UN 3rd World Conference on Disaster Reduction will address issues directly related to adaptation to climate change.
Matthias Weingart, the director of Cooperation Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, UNDP Pakistan country director, signed an agreement for US$1.05 million to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the IDP hosting communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the most transparent aid organization, according to a leading global ranking released in October. The 2014 Aid Transparency Index recognized UNDP for its “commendable performance” in publishing information beyond international standards this year, placing it first overall out of 68 major agencies evaluated worldwide.
Something extraordinary happened on 8 December. Not extraordinary as in “magical” or “stupefying”, but “out of the ordinary” for sure. Three government representatives from Ministries of Environment, came together to discuss publically, among their peers, the risks of corruption they face for REDD+ and how they want to go about it.
Karen Abarca is proud to be serving as an example for youngsters in El Oro Province, located in the south-west of Ecuador. At the age of 20, mother of an 8 month old toddler and a third year student of economy, she actively participates in provincial youth forums to have her voice heard and be able to weigh on public policies that affect issues important to her.
UNDP partners with OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, WHO, IFRC and GFDRR to provide a coordinated and comprehensive support to Governments to build and implement national frameworks for developing capacities to reduce the risk from and prepare for disasters. This partnership is articulated through a global programme, Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI).
n Ecuador, international cooperation offers an important contribution to the country’s policies with regard to the role of local governments in the management of international cooperation, development planning and stakeholder participation. The Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador grants sub-national governments the authority “to manage international cooperation in order to comply with its competences.”
On 8 December 2013, the UN-REDD Policy Board Information Session on Sharing National Experiences on Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Integrity for REDD+" held in Geneva, Switzerland, was an opportunity for Kenya's Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, represented by Mr. Gichu, National REDD+ Coordinator, to launch its "Corruption Risk Assessment for REDD+ in Kenya".
Countries undertaking REDD+ activities need to develop country-level approaches that enable them to respond to requirements outlined by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreements, which aim to ensure that social and environmental risks are minimized and benefits enhanced.
With the technical support of the UN-REDD Joint National Programme, Ecuador’s Environmental Ministry held a meeting on October 8, 2013, the third meeting of this REDD+ Working Group. The objectives of this third meeting were to understand the progress that is being made in designing the REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems and in the negotiations between the Norwegian government and Germany for REDD+ activities in Ecuador.
On 27 September, over 35 experts from national government institutions, CSO, local communities and development partner organizations gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to discuss and identify priority actions for ensuring greater inclusion of women and gender perspectives in Cambodia’s REDD+ readiness process.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently launched a New Funding Model aimed at increasing strategic investments, achieving greater impact and engaging implementers and partners more effectively in responding to HIV, TB and malaria.
A constellation of some 45 global football stars will join on December 19 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to play in the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) 10th Match Against Poverty.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a consolidated agreement with the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Uzbekistan, expanding the response to the spread of AIDS in Central Asia.