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  • 15 Dec 2014
    Identifying optimal conditions for effective regional media self-regulation in the Pacific

    Public awareness, transparency, strong industry participation, the ability to enforce codes, and a good grounding in law and ethics were identified by Pacific media practitioners as some of the many important conditions for a regional media self-regulation model to work effectively.

  • 09 Dec 2014
    Low political will and poor coordination hold back anti-corruption efforts in Asia and the Pacific, says UNDP Report

    Corruption remains a major hurdle to human development in Asia and the Pacific, where strong national policies to tackle corruption are often faltering due to a lack of political will and poor coordination, says a new report published by the United Nations Development Programme today.

  • 27 Oct 2014
    Fiji Members of Parliament to visit New Zealand Parliament

    A delegation of Members of Parliament from Fiji will this week be undertaking a visit to Wellington to study the way in which the New Zealand Parliament operates.

  • 12 Sep 2014
    Partnership between UNDP and Finland supports Democratic Governance in Myanmar

    Yangon—The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Finland have signed an agreement which would see Finland contribute 2 million euros (approximately US$ 2.6 million) towards UNDP’s work on strengthening democratic governance in Myanmar.

  • 10 Sep 2014
    Asian Civil Society Stands Up For Itself

    Representatives of 78 civil society organizations (CSOs) from 21 countries across Asia concluded a three day summit in Jakarta today by releasing a statement to President Obama and the leaders of the United Nations.

  • 04 Sep 2014
    Empowering Small Islands Developing States to fight corruption

    Anti-corruption efforts and aid approaches need to be better targeted to support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to achieve more effective and sustainable long-term change.

  • 28 Aug 2014
    UNDP and partners establish 'Refuse to be corrupt' café project

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand joined forces with the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand, True Lifestyle Retail Co., Ltd (True Coffee) Khon Kaen University and Ubon Ratchathani University, in a signing ceremony to provide café spaces for university students to discuss how to tackle corruption in Thai society.

  • 09 Jul 2014
    Indonesia | World’s third-largest democracy goes to the polls

    Roughly 190 million Indonesian voters, 67 million first-timers among them, are registered to cast their ballots on July 9, to elect a new president in the world’s third-largest democracy.

  • 13 Jun 2014
    Six innovations to combat corruption win awards at first-ever UNDP social innovation initiative

    Six innovations to tackle anti-corruption in Asia and the Pacific have won awards in UNDP’s first-ever social innovation initiative in the region launched in Thailand this week. The countries with winning ideas that will now be funded by UNDP for a pilot-phase are Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and China. The proposals were judged on their ability to integrate anti-corruption efforts with development solutions, with a specific focus on women, youth and marginalized communities.

  • 11 Jun 2014
    Regional Dialogue | Asia-Pacific trails other regions in women’s access to land

    Asia-Pacific continues to trail other regions in terms of women’s ownership of land, and progressive legal reforms have largely failed to change land-ownership structures, widening the gap between policies and ground realities, said experts at a land rights dialogue in Bangkok this week.

  • 11 Jun 2014
    UNDP's anti-corruption for development initiative gathers innovators from 14 countries

    What do the use of text messages to crowdsource corruption information, establishing citizens' accountability forums to review development plans and digitizing scholarship data to increase school enrolment of girls all have in common?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 14 Oct 2013
    World’s biggest election conference to debate emerging challenges in the electoral process

    Seoul—The United Nations Development Programme and the National Elections Commission of the Republic of Korea will co-host the largest forum on electoral matters in the world from 15 to 17 October in Seoul. Threats to electoral integrity, cost-effectiveness in electoral processes, and professional training of election officials will top the agenda of this important global event.

  • 13 Sep 2013
    Palau hosts second Mock Congress for Women

    “I hope that this Mock Congress exercise will give the participating women the confidence to realize their potential as leaders in Palau, and can give them the courage to put up their names and stand for national elections.”

  • 13 Sep 2013
    Palau hosts second Mock Congress for Women

    "I hope that this Mock Congress exercise will give the participating women the confidence to realize their potential as leaders in Palau, and can give them the courage to put up their names and stand for national elections."

  • 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.

  • 22 Aug 2013
    Myanmar talks good local governance

    Representatives from Government of Myanmar, civil society representative, academic institutions, Members of Parliament, as well as development partners discussed local governance at a national conference on “Good Local Governance and People-Centered Services – What Can We Learn from Best Practices in the Region?”

  • 07 Aug 2013
    UN gears up to fight corruption in the Pacific

    The impact of corruption and the challenge of fighting corruption are well known to citizens and observers of the Pacific. In recognizing the importance of fighting corruption, the United Nations has commenced a 4 year USD4.3 million Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project. The Project, funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), is being jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

  • 17 Jun 2013
    Journalists Encouraged to Increase Reporting on Housing Issues

    Media stories on urbanization and housing in the Pacific are not always given the prominence they deserve, yet the role of the media in giving a voice to the people living on the margins of society is crucial in shaping public opinion and catalyzing policy decisions that respect people’s rights.