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  • Seven years on: learning from the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami
    Mar 11, 2018

    March 11 marks seven years since the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the north-east coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami.

  • One of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, Indonesia prepares schools for tsunamis
    Feb 26, 2018

    The Indonesian archipelago is constantly at risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and tsunamis. Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, there is at least one significant volcanic eruption and one major earthquake in the country every year. A large tsunami can occur once in every five years. Nearly 3,900 schools across Indonesia are located in tsunami prone areas, according to the Indonesia Disaster Data and Information

  • New Year, new approach, new UNDP
    Dec 31, 2017

    UNDP is starting 2018 with a fresh focus and vision. This approach is laid out in the new Strategic Plan, which takes effect on January 1st and is the blueprint for the evolution of its work over the next four years.

  • Expanding Women's Leadership in Mongolian Politics and Business
    Jul 10, 2017

    In the recent parliamentary elections, the number of women in Mongolia’s parliament jumped to 17.1 per cent from 14.5 per cent previously, with 13 out of 76 female parliamentarians.

  • Women parliamentarian candidates in Indonesia eye historic record
    Jun 6, 2017

    As vote counting got underway in the world’s third-largest democracy, 490 female politicians who benefited from training under UNDP’s ‘Strengthening Women's Participation and Representation in Governance in Indonesia’s (SWARGA) project have their sights on a new day for women in politics.

  • Long ride to the taxi rank – progress on transgender rights in Kerala, India
    Jun 6, 2017

    “I still remember the day in 2014 when I met with senior Kerala government officials,” recalls Dr Arumugam Vijayaraman, Deputy Director, Voluntary Health Services (VHS) in Chennai, India. “Transgender visibility did not exist at that time in Kerala.” It seemed like it would be a long road ahead for transgender rights and visibility. However, the accelerator has been pushed over the past year, and there have been a series of firsts for the transgender community in Kerala. The latest is the Gender-Taxis (G-Taxis) initiative, a new taxi service operated by transgender people.

  • Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people
    Jun 6, 2017

    DHAKA – “I was so happy and excited that day. We worked so hard and for so long for this and it was finally becoming a reality,” recalled Shale Ahmed, a prominent Bangladeshi social activist and Executive Director of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS).

  • New steps ease access for more affordable medicines
    Jun 6, 2017

    The 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.

  • Two Multi-Country Programmes Leverage Resources and Partnerships to Reduce Stigma in Health Care Settings in Asia with Support from the Global Fund
    Jun 6, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is leveraging its role under two multi-country programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to develop and roll out an innovative training package to reduce stigma and discrimination at health care settings and enhance HIV, STI and other sexual health services for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia.

  • Afghan youth vote in historic elections
    Jun 6, 2017

    Despite 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.

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