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  • 28 Jan 2014
    The race is on to salvage a 'golden trough' of typhoon felled trees across the Central Philippines

    Manila—The race is on to salvage valuable wood from millions of typhoon felled coconut trees in the central Philippines. Experts believe that salvaged coco lumber could be used for urgently needed temporary shelters, as the Yolanda (Haiyan) super storm left four million people displaced, just over two months ago in the Visayas region.

  • 17 Jan 2014
    Guardian and UNDP talk technology and public services

    Digital technologies and social media can help governments become more responsive and deliver public services better and faster, said Haoliang Xu, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.

  • 27 Nov 2013
    Waste management for disease prevention a pressing need in Tacloban

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting local authorities in Tacloban to resume safe disposal of growing piles of municipal solid waste which has become a public health concern in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  • 25 Nov 2013
    #GivingTuesday2013: 8 days and counting

    This year, UNDP is joining the #GivingTuesday campaign for the first time, adding a global dimension to this powerful day of volunteerism and philanthropy.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UNDP launches cash-for-work programme for destroyed communities in the Philippines

    Tacloban, Philippines—The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began debris removal projects last week by providing cash-for-work to villagers hit hard by typhoon Haiyan.

  • 11 Nov 2013
    Philippines: UN releases US$25 million to fund emergency response

    The United Nations today announced an emergency allocation of US$25 million to fund critical relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which carved a trail of destruction across the Central Philippines on 8 November.

  • 08 Nov 2013
    Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator: Statement for the 2013 Annual Cluster Meeting UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

    This statement focuses on the evolving development landscape in Asia and the Pacific, and how UNDP’s new strategic plan positions it to support countries to meet their development priorities and address emerging challenges.

  • 22 Oct 2013
    Women peace activists in Asia take center stage at UNDP gala award event

    UNDP honored eight Asian peace activists from conflict countries at its third annual N-Peace awards ceremony that was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 October. The N-Peace Awards spotlight women who demonstrate leadership in building peace, and men who work with women for gender equality.

  • 21 Oct 2013
    100 Asian peace champions gather to honor women heroes from conflict zones

    Bangkok–Women leaders and peace champions from Asia will come together on 22 October 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, for the N-Peace Awards Ceremony & Leadership Forum for Peace hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 25 Sep 2013
    Vanuatu commits to strengthening climate change and disaster risk governance

    The National Advisory Board on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (NAB) with support from the Pacific Risk Resilience (PRR) programme organized a one-day inception workshop for a nation-wide the Risk Governance Assessment in Vanuatu.

  • 11 Sep 2013
    Bangladesh and India scale up to save lives, improve the reach of justice, and bring information to those who need it most

    Three case studies illustrate a range of initiatives that started small and grew nationally with support from UNDP, and strong partnerships with governments, donors, and local communities.

  • 31 Jul 2013
    Asian women peace activists receive N-Peace Awards for their work in the frontlines of conflict

    Today eight awardees have been announced by N-Peace Network partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Search for Common Ground. The winners include six women who have made dramatic changes towards peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and the Philippines. In addition, this year’s awards honour a youth champion of peace from the Philippines and one male recipient who works to advance peace and equality in post-conflict regions in Indonesia.

  • 19 Jul 2013
    Solomon Islanders Take Another Step Forward towards Sustainable Peace

    For the past week, over 40 religious, private sector, and civil society leaders from around the Solomon Islands have participated a training course in peacebuilding.

  • 10 Jul 2013
    Translating National Integration of Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change at the Community Level

    The integration of climate change and disaster risk management functions is taking place at the national and community level in various ways. Today, at the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, representatives from Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga shared concrete examples of how these are impacting at the national level.

  • 05 Jul 2013
    N-Peace Awardees to be announced soon

    Voting has closed for the N-Peace Awards as of 3 July. In the coming weeks ahead, technical experts will carry out a second routine verification process to check confirmed votes were made with legitimate email accounts and; remove votes that cannot be validated as genuine emails. N-Peace Awardees will be announced in late July!

  • 05 Jul 2013
    Another Step Forward towards Sustainable Peace in the Pacific

    For the past three weeks, over 35 religious and civil society leaders from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea (including Bougainville), West Papua, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Nauru, Kiribati, Samoa and American Samoa, have undergone an intensive training course in peacebuilding.

  • 31 May 2013
    Securing A Safer Pacific

    More than thirty officials of Forum and United Nations Member Countries and representatives of civil society attended the ‘Security Sector Governance in the Pacific’ meeting that was convened jointly by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre in Suva, Fiji from 22 to 24 May 2013. The meeting examined the need to develop national overarching policies that guide agencies such as police, customs, immigration and defence in the development of coordinated responses to address potential security threats. Key discussions included the need for Pacific countries to establish mechanisms for effective civilian oversight and accountability to ensure security sector institutions are effective in protecting human rights, democratic processes and the rule of law.

  • 20 Mar 2013
    Pacific Commits to Bold Steps to Harness Human Development Gains from Extractive Industries

    The increasing global demand for natural resources has opened up potential markets for Pacific Island countries which have sought-after resources like oil, gas and minerals both on the land and in the seabed.

  • 19 Sep 2012
    Gender Checklists for Disaster Risk Management Launched

    A guide that prompts disaster risk managers to consider the different impacts of disasters on the lives of women and men living in small islands countries was launched today. Integrating Gender in Disaster Risk Management in Small Island Developing States: A Guide is intended as a practical tool for disaster managers and their teams working to build resilience at the community level.