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  • 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).

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 21 Oct 2014
    Biodiversity for Sustainable Development: Delivering Results for Asia and the Pacific

    This new publication is both a celebration of biodiversity work in Asia-Pacific region and a cautionary account of what is happening to the ecosystems that supports millions of lives and livelihoods in the region. “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” was launched last 14 October 2014 by Nik Sekhran, UNDP Director of Sustainable Development, at the 12th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

  • 14 Oct 2014
    UNDP calls for greater community involvement to combat Ebola in West Africa

  • 13 Oct 2014
    UNDP cited as most transparent

    THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP) is the most transparent development organization, according to a recently released global ranking report. 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.

  • 13 Oct 2014
    UNDP global leader in transparency

    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the most transparent development organization, according to a leading global ranking report. 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.

  • 10 Oct 2014
    International Conference on Governance Reforms Kicks Off in Davao

    The Philippine Society for Public Administration launched yesterday its three day international conference on governance reforms at the Waterfront Hotel. On the opening day, government and civil society partners of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), engaged in dialogue on three pressing topics currently gripping the Philippines.

  • 09 Oct 2014
    UNDP global leader in transparency

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the most transparent development organization, according to a leading global ranking released today. 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.

  • 07 Oct 2014
    Coconut debris cleared by next year

    TACLOBAN CITY -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is eyeing to clear by next year six million coconut trees that were toppled or uprooted by typhoon Yolanda a year ago. Eden P. Garde, UNDP project manager for UNDP’s Yolanda recovery program, said the UN agency has set aside P22.4 million for the clearing project.

  • 22 Sep 2014
    Youth calls for progressive thinking, inclusiveness and equality

    Recognizing the importance of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a forum on “Diversity and Human Rights: A Forum on the legal and social environments of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons and civil society in the Philippines” in Cagayan de Oro City. The forum was conducted in partnership with Oro Youth Development Council (OYDC) of Cagayan de Oro City Local Government, and two local NGOs Hulagway CDO and Tingug CDO.

  • 09 Sep 2014
    UNDP and NEDA launch the 2014 Human Development Report and the Philippines’ Fifth Progress Report on the Millennium Development Goals

    Manila – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) launched the 2014 Human Development Report and the Fifth Philippine Progress Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) last August 20 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City.

  • 02 Sep 2014
    REPORT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY-RELATED PROJECTS IN CATALYZING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES

    Apia, Samoa, 2 September 2014—Sustainable development is vital for Small Island Developing States to help reduce poverty, promote human development, and build resilience, says a new publication produced jointly by the UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

  • 11 Aug 2014
    National Launch and Press Conference : 2014 Human Development Report (HDR)

    The 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) highlights the need for both promoting people’s choices and protecting human development achievements. It takes the view that vulnerability threatens human development and, unless it is systematically addressed, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This Report focuses on the people at greatest risk and on key underlying drivers of vulnerability. It analyzes structural causes – social marginalization, position in society and insufficient public services – and pays attention to the different vulnerabilities faced at different stages of the life cycle.

  • 08 Aug 2014
    Human Development Report 2014

    Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience The 2014 Report highlights the need for both promoting people's choices and protecting human development achievements. It takes the view that vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically addressed, by changing policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

  • 17 Jun 2014
    The topography of disaster risk reduction: UNDP maps out hazard awareness in typhoon-affected communities

    The conversation has begun in some of Typhoon Haiyan’s hardest hit communities thanks to a mapping project implemented by Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that began this week in Tacloban, Philippines.

  • 21 May 2014
    Support needed for 64,000 people displaced in Zamboanga

    Eight months after fighting broke out between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Zamboanga City on 9 September, more than 64,000 people who fled the fighting remain displaced within the city and in need of humanitarian support.

  • 21 May 2014
    UNDP and DENR launch $4.5M grant-making project for biodiversity conservation

    A US$4.5M grant facility was recently launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to support the initiatives of NGOs and local community groups on biodiversity conservation.

  • 08 May 2014
    Six months on from Haiyan, physical recovery progress is clear but the long term focus should be on poverty