Asia-Pacific Results Report 2017-2018

Published on 17 Jul 2018

It is time to be bold and think big.

The 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs demand no less, marking an historic turn towards sustainable development. Working closely with its many partners, UNDP is committed to transformative solutions. These leave no one behind. They put the furthest behind first.

This results report highlights just a few of UNDP’s outstanding contributions in Asia and the Pacific over the last year. It shows what counts: transforming people’s lives.

In Fiji, transformation means thousands of people gaining access to public services. In Lao People’s Democratic Republic, it means more than 6,500 small business start-ups have the chance to flourish.  

For 50 million people across the region, it offers the hope that comes from the chance to vote. For a million people in the region, it rests on the sense of safety created when they can rely on comprehensive natural disaster emergency plans. For both poor rural communities and the central government in Indonesia, it means new ways to use traditional sources of Islamic finance for social goods.  

Examples of our results in the region:

  • Pakistan’s top policy-making forum has endorsed the National SDG Framework based on detailed feedback from community surveys, an avenue for thousands of ordinary people to voice their priorities.
  • Women captured an unprecedented share of local government seats in elections in Nepal, positioning them to change the course of politics and their society.
  • In the wake of Typhon Damrey, Viet Nam introduced resilient construction practices so people could recover more quickly and make their homes more likely to withstand future storms.
  • Bangladesh’s digital public services assisted 100 million people in 2017.
  • Design thinking is helping Thailand reform its public administration and deliver efficient, high-quality public services.
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic has used new thinking to push towards graduation from least developed country status.
  • Timor-Leste has devised a roadmap for investing in youth.
  • The Responsible Business Forum drew 900 participants from around the world to explore socially meaningful partnerships where firms can do good while doing well.
  • Across the region, Youth Co:Labs mobilized 1,700 youth entrepreneurs to nurture and scale up innovative solutions to social challenges.
  • China, through its South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund, selected UNDP to help reach more than half a million people affected by natural crises in 2017.
  • Indonesia is innovatively tapping new sources of Islamic finance, such as through the Government’s release of a $1.25 billion Islamic commercial bond instrument.
  • As the first UN agency accredited by the Green Climate Fund, UNDP helped Samoa access $57 million for integrated flood management.

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