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    • Japan to provide solar lamps for Myanmar polling stations, with UNDP support

      The partnership between UNDP and Japan will see the distribution of over 25,000 solar lamps to polling stations across the country which do not have secure and consistent access to electricity - a contribution which will ensure that people working in polling stations are able to count votes into the hours of darkness on Election Day.

    • UNDP Asia-Pacific chief congratulates Nepal on holding a successful rebuilding conference

      UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific Mr. Haoliang Xu has congratulated the Government of Nepal on holding a successful conference on rebuilding Nepal in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, 2015. The rebuilding conference held on Thursday saw generous pledges from Nepal’s friends and neighbors—with commitments totaling US$4.4 billion against the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) estimate of $6.7 billion worth of damages from the earthquake.

    • Blog | There is no honour in barring women from voting

      Pakistani women are serving in the armed forces and increasing numbers of women are joining the police; putting their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens and serve their country. Such noble sacrifice and contribution should be a source of national pride and not diminished by those misguided few who believe their gender disqualifies them from voting, writes Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan

    • In Nepal, smartphones and shovels are transforming UNDP’s earthquake response

      In the hilltop village of Kunchok, Badal Regmi scans a card into his smartphone. The civil engineer from Kathmandu is one of 84 UN Volunteers in the field helping to assess and safely demolish destroyed and damaged houses. The card he swipes belongs to one of 770 community members enrolled in the cash-for-work initiative that gives much needed income to those affected by the disaster to clear their communities.

    • Video | In Nepal, creating jobs, removing debris and getting people back on their feet

      As Nepal continues to deal with the effects of a major catastrophe, UNDP, as the lead agency coordinating the early recovery, is supporting the Government and the people of Nepal to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. UNDP’s cash-for-work programmes are helping remove the debris and creating short term jobs that put money in the pockets of those who need it the most. As the monsoon season and winter start to set in, it is absolutely critical that recovery efforts continue to help manage the debris removal and rehabilitation of infrastructure, re-establish basic services, and build back people’s homes and livelihoods.

    • UNDP’s Asia Pacific Regional Director addresses Nepal engineers on post-quake reconstruction

      UNDP’s Asia Pacific Regional Director Haoliang Xu, who is also a civil and structural engineer, addressed an engineers’ training on detailed structural safety assessment of buildings organized by Nepal Engineers’ Association in partnership with UNDP Nepal. Mr. Xu stressed that engineers have a crucial role to play in Nepal’s reconstruction in the aftermath of April 25 earthquake as they are the brains who shape safer homes and buildings.

    • Blog | Why rice farmers are key to tackling climate change in the Philippines

      When I began supporting the Philippines Programme for rice cultivation, I saw it through the lens of climate change mitigation. The logic was, if we made some necessary improvements to cultivation methods, we could reduce greenhouse gas emission (GHG) and help mitigate climate change. This is especially important in a country where 29 percent of the GHGs come from rice cultivation.

    • Photo Blog | Greening Myanmar's Dry Zone

      At various times between the 11th and 18th centuries, two ancient kingdoms took root in what is now Myanmar‘s Dry Zone, largely thanks to productive agriculture supported by skilled water management techniques. Today, little trace remains of the rich and fertile agricultural land, extensive canals, and abundant water that once existed in the heart of this now Dry Zone.

    • #WorldOceansDay | What if the oceans were a country?

      Imagine that we gave every person alive in the world today US$350 every year; we’d still have a little left over from the wealth we extract from the oceans annually. If the oceans were a country it would have the seventh largest economy in the world – larger than Brazil’s or Russia’s. On World Environment Day, our regional technical advisor Johan Robinson, dreams of healthy oceans.

    • 'Pole to Paris’ cyclist on Indonesia leg of epic journey to UN climate conference

      British scientist Daniel Price has kicked off the Indonesian leg of his bicycle tour to raise global awareness of climate change. His Pole to Paris campaign takes him from the Antarctic to Paris, the site of the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year. While in Indonesia, Price will ride from Yogyakarta – where he visited and filmed a UNDP-supported hybrid wind farm at Pandansimo beach – to the Indonesian capital. In Jakarta, Price will take part in a public cycling event organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Bike to Work community to mark World Environment Day.

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UNDP is working with the Government of Nepal to support and strengthen the national recovery efforts after the devastating Gorkha Earthquake earlier this year.

Temporary shelters that can last through the monsoon are urgently needed.  

UNDP has started cash-for-work programmes, including debris removal which provides jobs and money to help survivors support their families.

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