Enhancing resilience to climate change in Southeast Asia: Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group joins the Business Call to ActionJul 31, 2015Tokyo — Leading Japanese insurance company Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to enhance the resilience of 30,000 small-scale farmers in Southeast Asia by 2025 through its weather index insurance. The first major insurance company to join the BCtA, the Group developed this innovative initiative to mitigate against climate change’s adverse impacts by offering financial services to low-income farmers.
Toward landmark elections in Haiti: International partners reaffirm strong commitment Jul 16, 2015Starting 9 August, almost six million Haitians will choose 1,280 local administrations, 140 municipal administrations and 139 Parliamentarians in an electoral process with several rounds that could last until the end of the year.
Powered by environmental finance, Africa’s largest gene bank helps to bolster biodiversity, food securityJul 15, 2015Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – On the occasion of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Chief Executive Officer Naoko Ishii visited today Africa’s largest gene bank, an initiative that links scientists with small-scale farmers to collectively revive and conserve traditional, indigenous seeds in the face of drought, climate change, and progressive erosion of traditional agricultural varieties that will prove vital for the future of food security in Africa.
New UNDP reports put spotlight on development finance needs and challenges for Small Island Developing StatesJul 15, 2015Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) share a number of common challenges—from exposure to natural hazards and economic shocks, to slow economic growth, limited capacities to raise domestic resources and high debt—and urgently need increases in all forms of financing if they are to meet the post 2015 development goals, according to two new UN Development Programme (UNDP) reports launched today, during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.
Tax Inspectors Without Borders: OECD and UNDP to work with developing countries to make tax audits more effectiveJul 13, 2015Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia — The OECD and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a new initiative to help developing countries bolster domestic revenues by strengthening their tax audit capacities.
New development financing framework must take into account emerging global challenges and be risk-informed, says UN Development Chief Jul 13, 2015Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The new financing framework due to be agreed at Addis Ababa for the universal post-2015 development agenda needs to be bold and transformative in supporting countries to tackle the challenges of eradicating poverty, environmental degradation, vulnerability to natural hazards, and protracted conflicts, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, said today.
UN urges continued solidarity to help the Ebola-affected countries get to zero cases, stay at zero cases, and recoverJul 10, 2015New York – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called upon the international community to show continued solidarity with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in their efforts to recover from the devastating effects of Ebola.
International community pledges more than five billion dollars to help recovery of Ebola-affected countriesJul 10, 2015The international community has pledged more than five billion dollars to support Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in their efforts to recover from the devastating effects of Ebola, at a high level United Nations Conference in New York today (Friday).
Mexico-based Contigo joins the Business Call to Action with commitment to improve women’s livelihoodsJul 9, 2015Mexico City -- Contigo, a major financial services provider in Mexico, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to launch a home improvement loan product aimed at reaching 25,000 under-served families by 2019.
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Latest Speeches and Statements
- 16 Jul 2015:Helen Clark: Statement on the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development
- 15 Jul 2015:Helen Clark: Speech at UNDP-UNDESA Side Event at Third International Conference on Financing for Development. “Small Islands Developing States: Meeting the Challenges of Financing Post-2015”
- 14 Jul 2015:Magdy Martínez-Solimán: Speech at "An effective global financing framework:Effective cooperation with High Quality Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for addressing sustainable development challenges in Middle Income Countries