Agenda 2030
UNDP and Impact Hub Announce International Finalists of Accelerate2030 Scaling Programme

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Impact Hub announce the international finalists of the Accelerate2030 initiative, including a social enterprise from the Philippines.

Sustainable Development Goals
Australia, UNDP boost support for social enterprises in the Philippines

The Australian Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are boosting support for and encouraging investment in social enterprises in the Philippines through the creation of an innovative partnership for social impact investing.

sustainable development
Government of Myanmar visits the Philippines for knowledge exchange on the Sustainable Development Goals

A delegation from the Government of Myanmar (GoM) visited the Philippines from 19 – 23 June 2017 and met with Philippine Government counterparts and civil society representatives to learn and share knowledge on the systematic integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in legislation, planning, advocacy, monitoring, and budgeting.

UNDP
Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) welcomes Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization.

sustainable development
Philippines to set voluntary commitments to protect the oceans

The Philippines will set its voluntary commitments to protect and conserve the oceans at the Philippine Ocean Conference held in Cebu City on 16-17 May 2017.The conference is in response to the United Nations’ call for concrete actions to protect the oceans and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water.

sustainable development
New report: 10 Sustainable Development Solutions for Asia and the Pacific

A new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) showcases ten projects that are transforming the course of development in the Asia-Pacific region. Entitled “10 Solutions to Help Meet the SDGs,” the report describes large-scale projects in ten countries in the region – Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste – that have demonstrably accelerated progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

HIV
Missing in Action: Loss of clients from HIV testing, treatment, care and support services

Missing in Action: Loss of clients from HIV testing, treatment, care and support services: case studies of gay men and other men who have sex with men in Manila - The aim of this study was to document why significant numbers of men who have sex with men based in Metropolitan Manila (also known as Greater Manila, Metro Manila and Manila) currently do not access HIV services at different levels of the HIV treatment cascade.

water and sanitation
Filipino communities celebrate World Water Day 2017

On World Water Day, 22 March, communities in Masbate, Camarines Norte and Zamboanga del Norte painted murals that promote the integrated water, sanitation and hygiene (iWash) approach in providing sustainable safe water and sanitation services. Check out event highlights on Storify.

partnerships
Blog: EU and UNDP: A partnership forged to help reduce poverty

Sharing the same values and objectives, the EU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are natural partners – and they have been so for over 15 years, working in over 100 countries, including in the Philippines.

sustainable development goals
Increasing equality, managing rural urban transitions, and investing in sustainable infrastructure are keys to unlocking prosperity in Asia-Pacific

Some 400 million people in Asia and the Pacific still confront poverty as part of their daily lives due to widening income inequality, despite the region’s impressive gains in reducing income poverty in recent decades, according to a new report launched by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in a forum in Bangkok, Thailand. The report, titled Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing Asia-Pacific, notes that on top of the 400 million people — or one in ten — in the region living in extreme poverty, more than one in four people in Asia and the Pacific’s developing countries experience poverty in multiple dimensions. This includes additional deprivations that impact their health, education, and standard of living.

human development report
Exclusion and inequality lead to uneven development across Asia and the Pacific

Exclusion of women, ethnic minorities, and people living in remote areas create chronic barriers that have stymied human development progress and led to significant disparities within the Asia and the Pacific region, leaving many behind. A stronger focus on those excluded groups, and on actions to dismantle these barriers is urgently needed to ensure sustainable human development for all. These are among the key findings of the Human Development Report 2016 entitled ‘Human Development for Everyone’, released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

disaster recovery
KOICA, UNDP help communities “build back better” after Typhoon Yolanda

Communities in Eastern Visayas, including in Samar and Eastern Samar, now have more disaster-resilient infrastructure and livelihood with the support of the government and international development partners like the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

disaster recovery
Recovery efforts continue for Eastern Visayas communities with disaster-resilient infrastructure

More than three years after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit Visayan provinces, recovery efforts continue for communities with the recent turnover of disaster-resilient infrastructure supported by the European Union in Tacloban and Palo in Leyte and in Balangkayan, Hernani and Quinapondan in Eastern Samar.

climate change
Vulnerable Countries from Asia-Pacific Meet to Invest on Climate Action

Finance ministers and senior officials from 15 developing economies across Asia and the Pacific met at the Asian Development Bank headquarters in Manila to discuss enhanced economic and financial responses to climate change. he 3-day regional consultation of the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Ministers of Finance (V20) aims to mobilize international, regional, and national investment for climate action, as well as discuss financial instruments for disaster risk reduction, public financial management, and carbon pricing. It is supported by ADB, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank Group, and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

Philippine business executives come together for LGBTI

UNDP in the Philippines and The Economist Asia co-hosted the Executive Dialogue on Implementing LGBTI Inclusion in Asia,w/ 30+ representatives from various businesses in the Philippines sharing experiences,challenges and best practices on LGBTI inclusion.

Haoliang Xu: Speech on "The Changing Role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific" at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

Haoliang Xu, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), talks about the changing role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific" at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

biodiversity
Mindoro local officials,UNDP, DENR to work together to localize biodiversity action plan

Legislators and local chief executives of the province of Mindoro are committing full support to localize the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (PBSAP) 2015-2028 and biodiversity financing in Mindoro Island.

migration and development
Op-Ed: The “bagong bayani” of the Philippines

Celebrating the Month of Overseas Filipinos in December of every year, in line with the International Migrants Day, is recognizing the valuable role and productive contribution of migrants both in the Philippines and their countries of destination. With remittances expected to reach USD 28 billion (P1.4 trillion) for 2016, the equivalent of 10% of GDP, the contribution of overseas Filipinos to the Philippine economy is unquestionable. About 20% of all households in the Philippines receive these remittances. Migration has brought immense benefits.

inclusive business
CEO Forum: Leaders willing to do inclusive business

Forty-five CEOs and representatives from 22 companies along with delegates from the government and development institutions gathered in an event organized by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Business Call to Action to discuss ways on how to make their businesses more responsive to the needs of underserved communities through Inclusive Business (IB).

inclusive business
Board of Investments, UNDP partner with business groups on Inclusive Business survey for Philippine firms

The Philippine Board of Investments, the industry development and investments promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, the United Nations Development Programme and business groups launched Business+ Philippines, a nationwide survey on Inclusive Business among Philippine companies.

sustainable development goals
Social Good Summit Philippines: Innovation +SocialGood #2030Now #HackSociety

On September 24, 2016, Rappler, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, again hosted the annual Social Good Summit with a new twist - the #HackSociety! #HackSociety is an ideathon that harnessed the new democratic space and crowdsourced “hacks” that address key issues and "chip away" at the Sustainable Development Goals. (Photo: Rappler)

sustainable development
UNDP, PBE launch partnership to recognize private sector contribution to Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Development Programme and the Philippine Business for the Environment launched a partnership to recognize and document private sector contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP and PBE unveiled the SDGs online portal – http://sdgreport.thepbe.org – where Philippine companies can provide data and other information on their initiatives that contribute to the SDGs.

Department of Education provides 184 Senior High Schools with IT equipment to support K to 12 implementation

The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to deliver information technology (IT) equipment to stand-alone Senior High Schools (SHS) nationwide to support the implementation of the K to12 Program. DepEd partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to procure and deliver the IT equipment package for the schools. (Photo: DepEd)

biodiversity
Op-ed | Investing in biodiversity is investing in our future

International Biodiversity Day offers a timely reminder of the importance of effective management of a country’s natural wealth. Few places in the world are as rich in biodiversity as the Philippines: considered as one of 18 mega-biodiverse countries, harboring more diversity of life per hectare than any other country in the world. This immense natural wealth (and it is a remarkable asset) is however at significant risk.

biodiversity
WATCH: Deutsche Welle's coverage of Wildlife Conservation in the Philippines

Deutsche Welle, the German public TV service, has released an episode for its Global Ideas program, highlighting the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) in the Philippines to raise awareness on biodiversity financing and conservation. Shot in Bais City, Dumaguete, the film features the Tanon Strait which is a resting ground for whales, dolphins and home to rare marine plants. As biodiversity comes under threat, locals are getting involved in its protection.

regional human development report
UNDP: Fastest population shift in history means make or break for Asia-Pacific

Demographic change in Asia and the Pacific is happening at a rate the world has never seen. If countries do not start planning for this demographic change, they will miss out on a unique opportunity to boost growth and investments for the future, says the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its latest Regional Human Development Report. They also risk a surge in youth frustration, exacerbating instability and conflict.

governance
Participatory monitoring helps improve performance of government services and promote citizen empowerment

This case study pertains to an assessment conducted by the Basel Institute on Governance, in collaboration with UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN), of a social accountability monitoring project in the municipality of San Miguel, Bohol in the Philippines. Called Bayaniham Undertaking Living in a Healthy and Organised Neighborhood or BULHON sa Panguma (BULHON), the project involves the monitoring of agricultural subsidies and was developed and implemented by the Government Watch (G-Watch) programme of the Ateneo School of Government in Manila.

biodiversity conservation
Php334B needed for biodiversity conservation in the Philippines

The Philippines is one of 17 mega diverse countries, harboring more diversity of life per hectare than any other country in the world. Yet encroachment in forested areas, pollution, over fishing, poor land management practices, are leading to biodiversity loss at an alarming rate. (Photo: BIOFIN)