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  • 08 Oct 2013
    UNDP commits to Trade Pasifika 2014

    Following a successful first regional trade expo in the Pacific by Pacific businesses in 2012, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for continued support for the 2014 expo.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    International conference in Bangkok examines ways to calculate the value of nature for national accounting purposes

    Statisticians, economists, ecologists and policy makers from across Asia will meet in Bangkok during 8th to 10th of October to define ways of calculating the value of natural resources that could reshape the way country success is measured.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    Korea plays international role in shaping new global development goals

    Seoul—International experts tackled how new global development goals can best end poverty and protect the planet at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP hosted conference today.

  • 03 Oct 2013
    Pacific Solution Exchange discusses Deep Sea Mining

    The deep sea a place mostly undiscovered and unregulated, is now facing large-scale industrial exploitation as mining of the deep seabed for minerals becomes a reality.

  • 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.

  • 20 Sep 2013
    What next for Asia and the Pacific? Reducing poverty is no longer enough

    Bangkok–Zero poverty, better quality education and accountable government top the agenda for Asia and the Pacific as countries look to the future and their “unfinished business” with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While the Asia-Pacific region has made progress in pulling millions out of poverty, it remains off track in such basic areas as hunger, health and sanitation, according to a new UN report.

  • 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
    UNDP launches Regional Report: ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’

    New York—The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched its Asia-Pacific Regional Report ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’ in New York today, highlighting a string of successful programmes implemented between 2008 and 2012 in the region.

  • 10 Sep 2013
    UN survey of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific reveals why some men use violence against women and girls

    A UN study of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific, released today, found that overall nearly half of those men interviewed reported using physical and/or sexual violence against a female partner, ranging from 26 percent to 80 percent across the sites studied. Nearly a quarter of men interviewed reported perpetrating rape against a woman or girl, ranging from 10 percent to 62 percent across the sites.

  • 02 Sep 2013
    “Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia

    New York - Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today. A Chinese national, Mr. Xu has held various leadership positions in UNDP, most recently as Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 24 Jun 2013
    Pacific youth to take on organic agriculture

    The second in a series of workshops to build the skills of youth in organic agriculture concluded in Port Vila last week. Organic agriculture is a farming system that relies on working closely with the ecosystem without reliance on chemicals to increase yields or manage weeds and pests. Organic agriculture is also one of the areas attracting young farmers worldwide. Against the backdrop of an aging farming population in the Pacific, organic agriculture has been identified as a means to get more young Pacific Islanders involved in farming.

  • 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.

  • 15 Jun 2013
    Consultation Identifies Ways to Support a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

    There are many ways in which women can be empowered to promote a culture of peace and non-violence in the Pacific, just as there are many ways in which culture has been used as an excuse to limit the rights of girls and women.