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Welcome to 2017 Regional Management Meeting in Bangkok

The objective of the meeting is to shape UNDP’s strategy as a sustainable development advisor and service provider in Asia and the Pacific. The meeting will hold a series of sessions focused on formulating our contribution to SDGs implementation, and covering topics such as social, economic and political megatrends in the region (in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit), innovation, and the future of development finance. The meeting is attended by senior managers of the 24 UNDP Country Offices in Asia-Pacific, the Regional Hub in Bangkok and Headquarters, and high-level government and business representatives. 

The web page will feature key documents, video interviews and podcasts from the 2017 Regional Management Meeting. You can follow the meeting on social media from 6-10 March under #RBAPfuture.

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Speeches

Helen Clark: Speech at the Opening Session of the 2017 Regional Management Meeting for UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific

Welcome to the 2017 Regional Management Meeting of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific (RBAP).

Let me begin by expressing my sincere condolences to the people of Thailand at the passing of His Majesty, King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej. During His Majesty’s long reign, Thailand was transformed into one of the region’s leading economies, and recorded major human development gains. In 2006, the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, presented His Majesty with UNDP’s Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to human development. 

The relationship between the Kingdom of Thailand and UNDP is a long and enduring one. It is my hope that UNDP will continue to reinvent itself to remain a relevant partner to Thailand’s development journey and as it implements the Sustainable Development Goals. In this respect, I commend the Government of Thailand for taking on the role of ASEAN co-ordinator for sustainable development last year. 
 

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Haoliang Xu: "The Changing Role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific."

Thank you all for coming here today. It is great to be back at SIPA, my alma mater. Thank you to Professor Stephen Noerper for organizing this lecture.

I would like to talk about development as part of a solution to the challenges you are discussing, peace and security. While development is not a cure for all ills, it can address some of the root causes of instability and conflict.


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#RBAPfuture Op-Eds

How Aid Now Works and Why It Still Matters 
By Haoliang Xu, Director at UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Published in the Huffington Post

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Clear Lands, Safe People: Illusion or Reality?
By Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Lao PDR
Published in the Laotian Times

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Lending a Hand, Filling a Gap
By Jaco Cilliers, Country Director at UNDP India 
Published in the Indian Express

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Reaching Beyond the Glass Ceiling
By Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Maldives
Published by UNDP.org

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Oceans for Fish, Not Plastic 
By Douglas Broderick, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Indonesia
Published in the Jakarta Post

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Sessions

Session I: Future trends in Asia and the Pacific, with the Economist Intelligence Unit 

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Session II: Adapting UNDP to the emerging challenges
 

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Session III:
Opportunities for new business development and achieving the 15 percent domestic co-financing goal

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Session IV:
Shaping a distinctive UNDP offer 
 

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 UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at the Regional Management Meeting 2017
 Foreign Minister of Thailand H.E. Don Pramudwinai at the Regional Management Meeting 2017
 UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu at the Regional Management Meeting 2017
 UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Thailand Resident Representative Luc Stevens