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  • 30 Jan 2014
    Use HIV lessons to fend off new regional health threats, urges UNDP

    Many of the policies and approaches used to reduce new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific could be effective in stemming the growing threat of diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other emerging development issues, says a new UN Development Programme (UNDP) report.

  • 13 Jan 2014
    UNDP and Global Fund sign US $ 16.7 million for South Asia HIV Programme

    The United Nations Development Programme’s Asia-Pacific Centre (APRC) has signed a US $16.7 million Grant Agreement with the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for a multi-country South Asia HIV Programme.

  • 19 Dec 2013
    Call for Abstracts: Investing in Innovations and Action - A Regional Dialogue on LGBT Rights and Health in the Asia-Pacific

    Are you: A citizen of an Asian or Pacific country who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or other sexual or gender minority? Have you faced discrimination, stigma, harassment, or bullying because of your sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression (SOGIE)?

  • 18 Dec 2013
    LGBTI people in Asia continue to face stigma and discrimination

    Across Asia, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBGTI) people continue to face rights violations because of their sexual orientation and gender identity and weak knowledge of local legal systems impact on their ability to file formal complaints, or seek justice or legal redress.

  • 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.

  • 21 Nov 2013
    Report urges stronger legal protections for women and girls affected by HIV in health care settings

    Bangkok – A report from four Asian countries reveals serious gaps in the legal means of protection of the rights of HIV-affected women and girls in health care settings. Human rights violations include discriminatory treatment by medical workers, breaches of confidentiality, forced sterilization and abortions, denial of services and care, and misinformation on standards of care.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    'The Time Has Come'

    HIV now affects men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in much greater proportions than the general population. Projections of the HIV epidemic in Asia indicate that close to 50 percent of all new HIV infections occurring annually will be identified among MSM by 2020. In many Asian cities MSM already make up the majority of new HIV infections. Experts now recognize that in order to stop the spread of HIV among MSM and transgender people, limiting access to health care and prevention services and failure to fully recognize other basic individual rights must stop. Access to adequate health services and social support programmes is a fundamental human right.

  • 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.

  • 29 May 2013
    AIDS laws in Asia and the Pacific are failing to protect those most vulnerable

    Bangkok–Legal protections are unevenly enforced and human rights violations persist for people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific. According to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), weak anti-discrimination laws affect the daily lives of those living with HIV by creating barriers to access to health care, prevention and treatment, and employment and education opportunities. Most people who experience rights abuses do not attempt to seek redress through legal means, according to the report.

  • 17 May 2013
    Experts and Young People Call for Increased Respect for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Asia

    Experts and Young People Call for Increased Respect for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Asia

  • 04 Apr 2013
    Art Exhibit by Sex Workers from ASEAN countries “Yet, still we dance!”

    ‘Yet, still we dance’ was a unique art exhibit with works created by sex workers from eight ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste. More than 50 sex worker artists were involved in creating this exhibit using a range of mediums including sculpture, painting, fabric, and photography. It ran for 10 days at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

  • 15 Feb 2013
    Greater Collaboration Between Health and Trade Sectors - Part of Pacific's Response to NCDs Crisis

    [February 15 - Nadi, Fiji] While discussions were being held in the Pacific this week on the issue of trade and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has called for swift, firm measures to halt a global surge in diseases such as cancer and diabetes, saying they belong “permanently on the global development agenda.”

  • 21 Dec 2012
    Documenting the rising epidemic among men who have sex with men in Asia

    Bangkok, 21 December - The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) have released a new publication series intending to document and circulate good practices, share progress, stimulate discussion, and inform priority interventions and advocacy efforts to address the rising HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Asia.

  • 31 May 2012
    Asian countries chart new courses on intellectual property and trade to increase access to AIDS treatment

    Asian countries can save millions of lives by making bold steps to ensure intellectual property and free trade agreements do not impede access to AIDS treatment, concluded a high-level consultation hosted by the United Nations and regional health activists in Bangkok.

  • 31 May 2012
    Regional Consultation and Planning Workshop on 'Use of TRIPS Flexibilities to Access Affordable ARVs in Asia'

    In the Asia Pacific Region, the number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) has increased steadily to an estimated 922,000 people by end 2010, representing an estimated 39% of all people eligible for ART according to 2010 WHO Guidelines. This progress has largely been made possible by the dramatic drop in antiretroviral (ARV) prices over the last ten years due to generic competition.