New steps ease access for more affordable medicinesDec 17, 2014The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs of national governments to secure access for their citizens to affordable medicines.
The path to peace in Bangsamoro Jul 16, 2014In early 2014, following 17 years of stop-start negotiations and 150,000 deaths over four decades, the government of the Philippines and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a historic peace agreement recognizing the new autonomous Bangsamoro region. For Teresita Quintos Deles, whose life’s work has centred on these peace efforts, it signified the start of a new era for her country.
In Nepal, a simple solution brings light to rural communitiesJun 24, 2014Access to electricity has really changed our lives,” says Kunja Maya Tamang, 40, who lives in Nepal. “We don’t have to depend on daylight to finish our household chores. My kids can study even in the night. Our income has also increased with improved crop yields.”
Marshall Islands | Protecting drinking water from drought and sea level riseJun 5, 2014In 2013, the Marshall Islands suffered an extreme drought that threatened drinking water and crops. 20 per cent of the population was affected. With support from UNDP, the government has improved rainwater collection in the capital city of Majuro and installed solar-powered water purifiers in more remote areas. The reservoir project has increased Majuro’s freshwater stores, which can now last the city 3-4 months in an emergency.
Afghan youth vote in historic electionsApr 15, 2014Despite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5th April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The election marks the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power is handed from one democratically elected government to another.