Across Asia-Pacific UNDP steps up its investments in youth

21 Jun 2017

    Across Asia-Pacific UNDP steps up its investments in youth   CITI Foundation teams up with UNDP to promote youth economic empowerment! UNDP, in close collaboration with the Citi Foundation, developed the Asia-Pacific Regional Platform of Action focusing on youth-led entrepreneurship to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Under this umbrella, both partners came together from 27-29 April 2017 to co-host a planning meeting. In attendance were more than 60 representatives from governments, youth-led organizations, the private sector, 12 UNDP Country Offices (CO) and other UN agencies. The objective of the meeting was to present the project, co-create and co-design a joint vision for the National Dialogues, build networks with and among entrepreneurship ecosystem partners and jointly plan future activities for the implementation phase of the National Dialogues in 2017-2018.   Participants at the Youth, Peace and Security Consultation take an opporunity to have a quick selfie with former UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. Young peacebuilders make 2017 the year for peace! As the international community begins to gear up for International Youth Day (August 12), under the theme  'Youth Building Peace', UNDP and partner organizations have already hosted a meeting on Preventing Violent Extremism and a consultation on Youth, … Read more

Two Years on, Reflections on the Nepal Earthquake and the Humanitarian Response

07 Jun 2017 by Renaud Meyer, Country Director, UNDP Nepal

More than two years have passed since that day, but Nepal’s story will be in focus as world leaders and experts meet for the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC) in Brussels, this week. The aim of the conference is to explore how communities can recover faster from natural disasters and how they can build back better, so they are more resilient to such disasters. … Read more

In Northern Pakistan, the Provincial Assembly is Championing Better Monitoring of Climate Finance

11 May 2017 by Sujala Pant

The Khyber Pass may elicit images of remote beauty to many of us. I have been lucky to make a couple of visits to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP), one of the provinces that the Pass cuts through. This beautiful part of Pakistan, like the rest of the country, is susceptible to the devastating effects of climate change, but luckily, the elected representatives in KP are taking things in their own hands. Last  month in Islamabad, we had a vibrant interaction with a number of   members of the Khyber Pakhutunkhwa (KP) Provincial Assembly in Pakistan, a selection of cross-party representatives who make up the newly established Working Group on Climate Change Finance. I was there as part of UNDP’s efforts to increase the engagement of KP Assembly Members on the issue of climate change finance. I was hoping that there would be enough interest to kick start and grow from this initial interaction, but I need not have worried. Once the discussion began – ideas and questions started to fly: ‘How can we better address climate change through our assembly?’ “How can we ensure other members of our Assembly have the right information on climate action?” “What about public … Read more

If Budgets Could Speak Sustainable Development

17 Apr 2017 by Suren Poghosyan, Governance and Public Finance Specialist, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

Nepal Budget InnovationNepal - faced with multiple challenges of poverty, climate change and post-earthquake recovery - offers insights into how a simple budget prioritization system can track spending on national priorities. UNDP Photo
If finance ministries are able to track how strongly a particular budgetary proposal aligns with the nationally-adopted SDG targets, prioritising spending becomes easier. Countries can assign bigger weights to those SDGs that are more relevant to country’s national priorities. … Read more

Human development means realizing the full potential of every life

21 Mar 2017 by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

The Human Development Report 2016 emphasizes that poor, marginalized and vulnerable groups—including ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, refugees and migrants—are being left furthest behind. Photo: UNDP
Human development is all about human freedoms: freedom to realize the full potential of every human life, not just of a few, nor of most, but of all lives in every corner of the world—now and in the future. Such universalism gives the human development approach its uniqueness. … Read more