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Restrictions on women’s employment can reduce Afghanistan’s GDP by an additional 5 percent, UNDP report finds

Afghanistan’s nominal GDP is likely to contract by 20 percent within a year, from US$20 billion in 2020 to a figure of US$16 billion, according to a new socioeconomic report by UNDP.  


Myanmar urban poverty rates set to triple, new United Nations survey finds

Urban poverty in Myanmar will triple under the combined threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing political crisis, a new survey from UNDP finds.  


UK announces £20 million support to UNDP in Asia-Pacific to boost regional climate finance

The United Kingdom announced £274 million for a new Climate Action for a Resilient Asia (CARA) programme. This 7-year programme will work with partners, including UNDP, to deliver projects in areas…  


For every dollar pledged to tackle climate crisis for world’s poor, four dollars are spent on fossil fuel subsidies that keep the climate crisis alive according to new UNDP research

UN Development Programmes’s new Don’t Choose Extinction campaign to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of fossil fuel subsidies on people and planet - headlined by global celebrities  


New Human Rights Due Diligence training materials released to help businesses ensure human rights are respected

UNDP launched new Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) training materials and tools today to help businesses prevent, mitigate, and account for potential human rights abuses in their operations and…  


97 percent of Afghans could plunge into poverty by mid 2022, says UNDP

Afghanistan teeters on the brink of universal poverty. As much as 97 percent of the population is at risk of sinking below the poverty line unless a response to the country’s political and economic…  


A New Digital System Drives Bhutan's COVID-19 Vaccination Success

In just one week, Bhutan successfully rolled out the second dose of its national COVID-19 vaccine campaign to more than 60 percent of its population, making this remote country the second most…  


Regional Climate Week brings climate ambition in Asia-Pacific into focus

Climate action in Asia and the Pacific is in the spotlight this week during Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2021 (APCW 2021), taking place 6-9 July.  


UNDP and FBPW Thailand teams up with women business leaders to promote a culture of integrity

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined hands with Thailand’s Federation of Business Professional Women (FBPW) to organize a two-day online workshop, the first of the “Women Leadership…  


Global Value Chains will be vital for economic recovery despite early setback during the pandemic

Asia-Pacific economies have considerable experience in GVC in a range of sectors. Standout examples include transport equip­ment, electronics, and textiles and apparel.  

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