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  • 20 Oct 2006
    Thousands to Benefit from New Partnership: UNDP and AusAID sign agreement to assist forestry entrepreneurs

    Six thousand people living in poverty stand to benefit from a new agreement signed between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Australia at UN House earlier today.

  • 17 Oct 2006
    New Assessment shows way to MDGs

    A new assessment detailing what it will take for Nepal to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 was presented by the National Planning Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to Government, donors and the media at Singha Durbar (Government House) earlier today.

  • 16 Oct 2006
    UN in Nepal puts spotlight on poverty with Guinness World Record Attempt UN in Nepal puts spotlight on poverty with Guinness World Record Attempt

    More than a hundred people gathered at the United Nations office in Kathmandu this morning to remind world leaders about their commitment to end extreme poverty by 2015, and to join millions of people around the world attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for the most number of people to STAND UP Against Poverty.

  • 25 Aug 2006
    UNDP launches new text for university students

    With almost half of Nepal's population falling into 'traditionally excluded groups', the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Nepal, Matthew Kahane, today called for more emphasis on human development to empower women, Dalits, Janajatis and members of religious minorities.

  • 07 Aug 2006
    Work begins on National Human Development Report UNDP launches new project to support report production

    With the launch of a new project today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal began work on the fourth National Human Development Report, which is due to be published in late 2007.

  • 30 Jun 2006
    Nepal to tap promising trade potential, UNDP and Government launch million-dollar project

    Conflict, poor infrastructure, a narrow range of exports, and slow customs procedures have severely limited Nepal's share of global exports (0.02%). Through a million-dollar project launched in Kathmandu earlier today, the Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) plan to boost the nation's share of international business.

  • 05 Jun 2006
    UNDP urges Government to fulfil dryland promise World Environment Day

    As the world celebrated Environment Day under the banner: ‘Don’t Desert Drylands’ today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) urged the Government of Nepal to ensure that benefits of tourism in the nation’s largest dryland—Upper Mustang— revert back to the people living there.

  • 25 May 2006
    Nepal Hit Hard in Post-Quota Era

    Nepal has been among the hardest-hit countries since the end of textile and clothing quotas in early 2005, with the value and volume of Nepalese textile and clothing exports plummeting by 22 percent and 28 percent respectively, the United Nations Development Programme has found.

  • 30 Dec 2005
    Inequalities threaten Nepal’s development gains

    Thanks to steady economic growth during the 1990s, Nepal is ‘on-track’ to reduce the number of people living below the poverty line from 42% (1990) to 21% (2015), but this progress is fragile, development experts told media during a workshop hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Nepal Press Institute earlier today.

  • 01 Dec 2005
    Marking the "World AIDS Day", the Australian Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme signed agreement

    Marking the"World AIDS Day", the Australian Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme signed a AU$ 500,000 (approximately US$ 380,000) agreement today at the Australian Embassy providing further Australian support to the HIV and AIDS Harm Reduction Programme for Injecting Drug Users in Nepal.

  • 24 Oct 2005
    UNDP Opens New Programme Office in Nepalgunj, celebrates the 60th UN Day

    UNDP opened today its first field office in the regional capital of Nepalgunj in Midwestern Nepal on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations. The new office will help better coordinate and manage the delivery of aid in five districts of the mid and far western regions namely Banke, Pyuthan, Kailali, Dadeldhura and Baitadi.

  • 13 Sep 2005
    Nepal is ranked 136th out of 177 nations with a Human Development Index (HDI) value of 0.526, slight increase than the previous year

    Nepal is ranked 136th out of 177 nations with a Human Development Index (HDI) value of 0.526, slight increase than the previous year

  • 05 Sep 2005
    The new MDG report probes the country's development performance

    "Nepal has made a remarkable progress considering the difficult situation in the country in recent years", asserts a new progress report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) launched today in Kathmandu, Nepal. However, conflict remains a major problem along with glaring issues of exclusion and discrimination which still exist among large sections of the country’s population.

  • 24 Aug 2005
    Launch of UNDP/UNESCAP Report on Least Development Countries

    In a region of rising prosperity, fast growth in countries like China, India and the East Asian 'tigers' hides widespread extreme poverty in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of Asia and the Pacific, a new report being launched today by two United Nations organisations warns.

  • 22 Aug 2005
    The Global Fund To Fight AIDS

    Despite many hurdles and delays HIV component of "The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria" was initiated with the signing of contracts between Global Fund sub recipients and UNDP.

  • 18 Aug 2005
    UNDP Reviews Programmes to Provide Better Services in Conflict Areas

    UNDP reached an agreement with the Government on a number of strategic and immediate measures bringing fundamental changes to its country programme framework in Nepal. This initiative is part of an ambitious exercise where the organization is reviewing its programme effectiveness, mode of delivery and safety and security of its project staff at the field level. The objective is to ensure its programmes remain relevant, effective and responsive to the evolving situation precipitated by the conflict.

  • 19 May 2005
    UN All Set to Implement Global Fund for Aids Programmes

    The United Nations System in Nepal, in support with its 17 implementing partners, is all set to implement its GFATM-funded-projects (Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) in six districts of Nepal.

  • 15 Dec 2004
    Candid Report Charts path for Nepali Women trapped by Discrimination and Poverty

    Systematic discrimination pervades women’s lives in Nepal and has stripped most Nepalese women of their dignity, self-respect and confidence, says a radical new report launched today in Kathmandu. The Nepal Human Development Report 2004 says that the country’s Constitution provides protection for women in Nepal, but the Government has not taken significant action to implement its provision. This forthright report is more than a mere hand wringing of women’s plight in Nepal. It recommends drastic changes for transforming the current status of women and other excluded and exploited groups in Nepal.

  • 15 Dec 2004
    Nepal’s Future Depends on Radical Social and Political Changes, asserts new report

    “Nepal is currently undergoing the most painful period in its history,” asserts a powerful new report launched today in Kathmandu, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme. The Nepal Human Development Report 2004 does more than merely examine the root causes of the country’s current political and economic crises. This forthright publication offers a specific and practical “reform agenda” recommending “radical shifts in policies, priorities and institutions.”