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  • 26 Mar 2015
    Philippines hosts Asia-Pacific Workshop on Effective Development Cooperation and Financing for Development

  • 12 Feb 2015
    DENR, UNDP encourage investments on ‘biodiversity-friendly’ businesses and enterprises

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently held a forum to encourage investments on ‘biodiversity-friendly’ businesses and enterprises.

  • 11 Feb 2015
    MESSAGE: Biodiversity-Friendly Business and Investment Forum, Maurice Dewulf, UNDP Country Director

    The Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau and the United Nations Development Programme recently held a forum to encourage investments on ‘biodiversity-friendly’ businesses and enterprises.

  • 23 Dec 2014
    UNDP supporting disaster management coordination

    Weeks after Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) struck the Philippines, its government has been lauded by many – locally and internationally – on preparedness measures that saved countless lives.

  • 11 Dec 2014
    UNDP Chief Helen Clark lauds Philippine Government for excellent handling of Typhoon Hagupit

    In a letter to President Benigno S. Aquino III, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Ms. Helen Clark conveyed deep condolences to the people and Government of the Philippines for the loss of lives and devastation caused by Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby). Ms. Clark also commended the highly effective precautionary measures put in place by the Philippine Government and local government units to prepare for a typhoon of this magnitude. These include the evacuation of close to one million people which saved countless lives.

  • 09 Dec 2014
    UNDP, Korea ink partnership to support typhoon recovery and resilience in Eastern Visayas

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have inked a partnership that will enable the recovery and build the resilience of selected local government units and communities in Eastern Visayas. Assistance from KOICA directly responds to typhoon recovery priorities identified in the recently-completed Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR). This support becomes even more important today as it covers three municipalities affected by Typhoon Hagupit (local name: Ruby).

  • 17 Nov 2014
    Haoliang Xu on UNDP in the Philippines: 'We focus on issues we are good at'

    This month, the Philippines marked the anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan — known locally as Yolanda — with the expected progress reports on reconstruction and recovery efforts. It also shone a renewed spotlight on the challenges that Haiyan victims continue to face after the early response period.

  • 13 Nov 2014
    Typhoon Yolanda Book, “Y It Happened”, launched in commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda’s One Year Anniversary

    The Typhoon Yolanda Book “Y It Happened” was launched last 10 November, 2014 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. This publication is part of the Typhon Yolanda Documentation Project spearheaded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

  • 12 Nov 2014
    Haiyan one year on: With UNDP help, slowly getting back to normal

    One year ago, when Typhoon Haiyan struck Barangay 88, it left 80 percent of the homes completely destroyed, and the streets littered with bodies. The storm also caused massive destruction to public and commercial infrastructure, leaving most of the 2,500 families who live in the barangay without livelihood.

  • 12 Nov 2014
    UN notes change year after ‘Yolanda’

    MANILA, Philippines–When the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Asia-Pacific director returned to typhoon-ravaged Eastern Visayas last weekend, he noticed not just the buildings and homes that have risen again. He also saw the lives rebuilt a year after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” smashed through the region.

  • 11 Nov 2014
    Q and A: UNDP Regional director on Yolanda rehab

    MANILA, Philippines – It has been a year since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged parts of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. While various efforts have been made by the government and civil society to answer the needs of the survivors, President Benigno Aquino III only approved the Yolanda rehabilitation plan on October 29.

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Hazard maps to boost warning system

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Involve typhoon victims in their own recovery process, UN official says

    Despite considerable progress in rehabilitation and recovery efforts in the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, the real post-disaster picture one year after remains that of people still languishing and suffering from the long-lasting effects of the catastrophe.

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Post-Yolanda recovery should be above politics, focus on people's welfare - UN official

    Amid the challenges brought about by the rehabilitation efforts one year after Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit the country, a ranking United Nations official stressed that focus at all times should remain on "people welfare." "Whatever political party, whatever local politics there is, the focus should be on people welfare," Haoliang Xu, UN assistant secretary general, told in an interview. Xu is also the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) assistant administrator and regional director for Asia and the Pacific.

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Foreign donors to have open access in new Yolanda online aid tracker

    The new online portal that will serve as the database that tracks the flow of foreign aid for typhoon Yolanda reconstruction efforts will allow the donors themselves to input their own information. "All the donors and government agencies can input data," Haoliang Xu, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assistant administrator and regional director for Asia and the Pacific, told Xu also holds the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General.

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Government, MILF reiterate mutual desire for lasting peace and economic development in Bangsamoro areas

    The Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front reiterated mutual desire for lasting peace and economic development in predominantly Muslim areas in Mindanao during the Philippines Development Forum (PDF) on Bangsamoro. The two day PDF, which was held at the SMX Convention Center in this city from November 5 – 6, gathered over 500 delegates from the government, Bangsamoro leadership and representatives, development partners, and other stakeholders to discuss the development roadmap for the Bangsamoro areas.

  • 07 Nov 2014
    The ‘Time Has Come’ to Reduce Stigma in Health Care Settings for Sexual and Gender Minorities

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu, went to give the participants of the Regional Training of Trainers a surprise visit and welcome the 19 participants from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. This regional training aims to build a group of Master Trainers in Southeast countries to roll-out the implementation of the “The Time Has Come - Enhancing HIV, STI and other sexual health services for MSM and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific: Training package for health providers to reduce stigma in health care settings.”

  • 04 Nov 2014
    After world aid, gov’t must scale up Yolanda rehab

    UNITED NATIONS – Days after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated central Philippines in November 2013, white United Nations tents stood as a symbol of the massive global response to the disaster. Nearly a year later, the tattered canvas in Tacloban City showed a major challenge in the rehabilitation phase: permanent shelter.

  • 30 Oct 2014
    UNDP Innovation Summit: Updating Development in Asia-Pacific

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) kicked off today a two-day interactive conference on innovative thinking. Its objective is to explore how innovation can help address development challenges in Asia and the Pacific, such as poverty, corruption, gender inequality, and environmental degradation.

  • 24 Oct 2014

    At this time of multiple crises, the United Nations is needed more than ever. Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll. Millions of people suffer from exploitive and unsafe working conditions. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.