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  • 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)?

  • 03 Dec 2013
    Changing the way women market vendors do business

    Rakiraki market vendors showed great appreciation for their newly launched business record keeping book tailored to their needs. The book allows them to keep track of their income, expenses and savings.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 30 Oct 2013
    UNDP and Korea push forward energy access plan for Asia's poor

    Over forty Korean and international experts gathered in Seoul today to push forward a Korea-UNDP partnership to boost energy access for the poor in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • 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.

  • 18 Oct 2013
    Asia-Pacific experts invited to apply for advanced training on ‘waste to energy for developing countries’

    Experts in Asia-Pacific countries are invited to apply for a five-day advanced training course on ‘Waste to Energy for Developing Countries’ to be held on 25–30 November 2013 at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • 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.

  • 09 Sep 2013
    Achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities

    The urbanization process in the Asia-Pacific region is proceeding at unprecedented speed and scale. Rapid urbanization linked to economic growth brings new opportunities and challenges for sustainable and inclusive development. The pace of urban growth has caught many governments and communities in Asia and the Pacific unprepared. The demand for land, shelter, transport, energy supplies and social and environmental services has outstripped supply. The importance of cities to inclusive development and poverty reduction provides a compelling case for a greater and more strategic UNDP involvement in urban issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • 04 Sep 2013
    Gender and Macroeconomic Issues in Asia and the Pacific - Quarterly Newsletter vol.4 issue 3

    The 2013 third issue of the newsletter covers events and activities across the region on macroeconomics issues from a gender perspective. Download a copy to read about new UNDP project ‘Promoting Women’s MSMEs in South Asia, updates on GRB in Penang and more…

  • 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?”

  • 14 Aug 2013
    New report investigates the sustainable energy opportunities and challenges in Asia and the Pacific

    New report from UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre investigates the sustainable energy opportunities and challenges in the region in relation to poverty reduction and development. It is produced in line with the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), which seeks to reach three goals by 2030: Universal access to modern energy; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

  • 22 Jul 2013
    Gender and Macroeconomic Issues in Asia and the Pacific - Quarterly Newsletter vol.4 issue 2

    The 2013 second issue of the newsletter covers events and activities across the region on macroeconomics issues from a gender perspective. Download a copy to read about mobility of Thai nurses under ASEAN Economic Community and new resources.

  • 29 Apr 2013
    Zero Hunger Challenge Comes to Asia and the Pacific

    The United Nations launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific here today in the presence of top national leaders, calling on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers to join hands to end hunger in the region where the majority of the world’s undernourished people live.

  • 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.

  • 28 Mar 2013
    Stay tuned! New UNDP-Discovery Channel documentary 'One Simple Solution'

    Flip a switch, plug in a cord, push a button...the power of electricity is a given in the modern world, but for 1.3 billion of the Earth's people, energy production infrastructure is not available for heating, cooking or even lighting one's way.

  • 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 Mar 2013
    Gender and Macroeconomic Issues in Asia and the Pacific - Quarterly Newsletter: vol.4 issue 1

    The 2013 first issue of the newsletter covers events and activities across the region on macroeconomics issues from a gender perspective. Download a copy to read about new gender economics course in Thailand, Australia cancelled time use survey, and new resource.

  • 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.”