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On International Human Rights Day, EU and UNDP Sign Partnership Agreement to Address Human Rights Issues in Business Operations in Asia

On International Human Rights Day, the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a partnership agreement to jointly implement the four-year programme, “Business and…  


Human development in Asia-Pacific region advances dramatically, but unevenly

The Asia-Pacific region has witnessed the steepest rise globally in human development. It leads the world in access to broadband internet and is gaining on more developed regions in life expectancy,…  


New Head of UNDP in Asia Pacific Region ready to support countries accelerate on their sustainable development pathways

Ms. Wignaraja, who is from Sri Lanka, was appointed as Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator of the UNDP by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.  


Statement by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner on the attack in Afghanistan

I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of our UNDP colleague when the vehicle he and two other UNDP colleagues were traveling in was attacked in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday.  



Cambodia’s 2019 Human Development Report Says Sustaining Natural Resources is Vital for Progress

PHNOM PENH, 21 November 2019 – Cambodia’s rapid development over the past 30 years has led it to rank in the top 10 globally, and second in Asia and the Pacific, on the ‘rate of improvement,’ in the…  


Kanni Wignaraja joins UNDP senior leadership team as the new Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific

United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner welcomed the appointment to his senior leadership team today of Kanni Wignaraja as the new Assistant Administrator and Director of the…  




Demand is high for investment in biodiversity, but finance gaps remain

Representatives from across Europe, Asia and Pacific are encouraging increased investment in nature from both the public and private sectors, with emerging data revealing that significant finance gaps…  

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