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  • 10 May 2011
    Africa: Stronger cross-border ties key to social and economic progress

    Integrated regional investments in roads and power, coupled with pro-poor policy, could lead to an accumulated 10 percent increase in the continent’s standard of living between 2012 and 2020, says a new report released today at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • 29 Mar 2011
    UNDP, Western Regional Hospital sign cost sharing agreement

    The Western Regional Hospital (WRH) in Pokhara and UNDP have launched a comprehensive initiative to modernize the hospital waste management by establishing a Hospital Waste Management project through the Public Private Partnership for Urban Environment (PPPUE) programme.

  • 04 Nov 2010
    Government, UN release two major reports, the vintage 20th edition of the Global Human Development Report, and a study on Child Poverty and Disparities in Nepal

    The 20th anniversary edition of UNDP?s Human Development Report and the National Planning Commission/UNICEF report on Child Poverty and Disparities in Nepal were launched jointly by UNDP and UNICEF today.

  • 29 Sep 2010
    ECN, Denmark and UNDP sign Cost Sharing Agreement: Election Commission receives additional US$ 2.1m support for voter registration

    A Cost Sharing Agreement was signed today between the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN), the Danish Embassy and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the US$ 2.1 million support being provided by the Government of Denmark for the new Voter Registration system. UNDP as the Election Commission?s coordinating partner of the donors will administer the funds through its Electoral Support Project (ESP).

  • 07 Sep 2010
    Nepal makes notable progress on the MDGs, eradicating inequality and social exclusion remain major challenges

    Nepal makes notable progress on the MDGs, eradicating inequality and social exclusion remain major challenges Kathmandu 7 September 2010: Nepal is close to achieving several of the eight globally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 related to poverty, education, health and environmental sustainability. This is especially impressive given the country is emerging from a decade-long conflict and political instability.

  • 16 Aug 2010
    Tackling energy poverty can accelerate MDGs

    The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) and UNDP jointly launched the report, 'Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programmes: Lessons from Nepal on its role, costs and financing' today.

  • 21 Jun 2010
    Nepal hosts Asia workshop to help poorest countries make most of world trade

    The Government of Nepal is today hosting a three-day workshop, in partnership with UNDP and the Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat in the WTO, which aims to help Asia's poorest countries benefit more from world trade with a view to help lift more people across the region out of poverty.

  • 03 May 2010
    UNDP Regional Director wraps-up visit to Nepal against backdrop of political uncertainty and ongoing development challenges

    Mr. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific left today on May 1st 2010 after completing a four-day visit. He was here to gain a first hand sense of the current development situation and exchange views on the relevance of current and future UNDP projects and programmes. While in Nepal, Mr. Chhibber met with the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal, the Honourable Minister of Finance, the Honourable Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission, other senior officials, international donors and civil society representatives.

  • 08 Mar 2010
    Women are socially, politically and economically backward in the Asia-Pacific region, progress remains especially slow in South Asia

    Discrimination and neglect are threatening women's survival in the Asia-Pacific region where women suffer from some of the world's lowest rates of political representation, employment and property ownership. Their lack of participation in productive sector is depressing economic growth,' says the new Asia Pacific Human Development Report on Gender.

  • 02 Dec 2009
    ADB, UNDP sign landmark agreement to enhance reforms in local level governance

    The Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed two Memoranda of Understanding for Administrative Arrangements to support the reform efforts of the Government of Nepal in local level governance. With a total of USD 381,000 from ADB, the two instruments focus on: (i) expanding the outreach of UNDP's ongoing Public Private Partnership for Urban Environment (PPPUE) Programme to four municipalities (i.e., Birganj, Butwal, Dharan and Dhangadhi), and (ii) initiating new methods of supporting service delivery for marginalized groups.

  • 16 Oct 2009
    Nepal President reads the Stand-Up Pledge, putting spotlight on poverty in Nepal

    More than four hundred people including Ministers, Constituent Assembly members, the diplomatic corp, UN Agency heads, media and civil society gathered at Shital Niwas today, at the office of the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal where the Rt. Hon'ble President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav read the Stand Up pledge.

  • 17 Aug 2009
    Political Transformation and Inclusion critical for building peace in Nepal

    Today Nepal is in transition from conflict to peace and from authoritarian rule to democracy and has the chance to redefine both the nation and the state. It is an opportunity for political 'transformation', to root out age old practices by ensuring equality, justice and greater voice for excluded groups. Deepening democracy and strengthening the rule of law are critical in order to give peace a chance of success', says the new 2009 Nepal Human Development Report launched in Kathmandu today.

  • 05 Jun 2009
    Australia provides AUD4.5 million to Nepal through UNDP to support micro-enterprise development

    The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a AUD4.5m cost-sharing agreement to continue support for the Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) in Nepal.

  • 27 May 2009
    Disaster Uncovered: Shedding new light on the causes and consequences of catastrophe

    Global disaster risk is increasing worldwide due to unsafe cities and the combined impact of environmental destruction and climate change which jeopardize the lives of hundreds of millions of people says a landmark UN report launched today in Kathmandu.

  • 17 Apr 2009
    UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board on field visit to Nepal

    Eight members of the joint Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) from donor and programme countries will be visiting Nepal from 18-25 April. The participating member states are Angola, Azerbaijan, Haiti,Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sweden and United Republic of Tanzania.

  • 30 Dec 2008
    DFID, UNDP sign US$ 3.2 m MoU to implement national HIV/AIDS in Nepal

    The Department For International Development (DFID) and UNDP have signed US$ 3.2 (' 2.2 m) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continue supporting the implementation of the national HIV/AIDS response in Nepal for 2009. With this, DFID's total contribution since 2005 to the national HIV/AIDS response in Nepal amounts to US$13.8m (' 9,400,000).

  • 14 Nov 2008
    UNDP, Government of Nepal sign US$ 1.3 m (Rs. 105 million) National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) to Climate Change

    The Government of Nepal (GoN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of donors today signed a US$ 1.3m (Rs. 105 million) project for the preparation and implementation of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) to climate change. The project is funded by DFID (US$ 875,000), Government of Denmark (US$200,000) and UNDP/Global Environment Facility/Least Developed Country Fund (US$ 250,000) to help the government take leadership on harmonised donor approach to address climate change issues in Nepal.

  • 10 Nov 2008
    Government of Nepal, UNDP and UNCDF sign US$ 3 million (Rs. 23.8 crore) Project for building inclusive financial sector in Nepal

    The Government of Nepal, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) signed a US$ 3 million project entitled 'Enhancing Access to Financial Services.'

  • 05 Nov 2008
    UNDP, Royal Norwegian Embassy sign additional US$ 1.5 million (NRs. 114 million) to bring peace dividend to marginalized communities

    The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an additional amount of US$ 1.5 million (NOK 10 million) for the continuation of the Quick Impact for Peace Support Initiative (QIPSI) in 11 eastern Terai and 9 mid and far western districts of Nepal, under the UNDP supported Programme implemented by the Ministry of Local Development (MLD). The agreement was signed by His Excellency, Thor Gislesen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Nepal and UNDP Country Director for Nepal, Ms. Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau.

  • 20 Aug 2008
    Government of Nepal and UNDP sign US$ 2 million (Rs. 13.5 crores) project on enhancing access to justice

    The Government of Nepal and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a US$ 2 million project entitled 'Enhancing Access to Justice through Legal and Judicial Reforms Project'. In the presence of the Chief Justice Mr Kedar Prasad Giri, Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nepal, Dr. Ram Krishna Timalsena signed the document on behalf of the Government of Nepal.