inclusive business
Board of Investments, UNDP to conduct baseline survey on Inclusive Business among Philippine firms

The Philippine Board of Investments, the industry development and investments promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Development Programme Philippines for the conduct of a baseline survey on Inclusive Business among Philippine companies.

results report
UNDP Innovates to Meet Growing Aspirations in Asia and the Pacific

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has leveraged low-cost innovations, knowledge exchanges between countries in the region, and emerging technologies, to provide new opportunities to some of the most marginalized communities in the Asia-Pacific region, says its 2015-16 Results Report.

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.

climate change
Philippines and Ethiopia Lead Global Climate Coalition to Speed Development

Ministers from countries forming the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and global thought leaders addressed the Philippine Senate as they presented new research indicating development by emerging economies would be optimized if global temperature increase was held below 1.5C degrees.

SDGs
A Call to Action: Co-Creating the Future through Corporate Social Responsibility and the Sustainable Development Goals

Speech delivered by Mr Ola Almgren, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in the Philippines at the League of Corporate Foundations' Corporate Social Responsibility Expo 2016.

Social Good Summit
UNDP and Impact Hub launch a joint initiative highlighting the role of innovation and entrepreneurship to accelerate the SDGs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Impact Hub are joining forces to launch the #Accelerate2030 platform aimed at supporting and promoting the most promising impact-driven ventures across the globe who focus on tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Five entrepreneurs, selected with the support of the global Impact Hub network, will have the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Social Good Summit Geneva, Switzerland on October 6th 2016.

environment
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, UNDP embark on $6.78-million program to protect ‘sacred’ tribal grounds

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will embark on a $6.78-million project to boost environmental protection and biodiversity-conservation efforts in tribal sacred grounds, or indigenous community conserved areas (ICCA), in the Philippines.

recovery
Disaster-resilient houses turned over to Yolanda-affected families in Ormoc

Fifty-five families in Ormoc City will soon move in to their disaster-resilient homes with the turnover of housing units supported by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme.

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)

recovery
EU, UNDP turn over evacuation centers to Yolanda-affected communities in Biliran province

European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen and United Nations Development Programme Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra recently turned over two newly-built evacuation centers to Typhoon Yolanda-affected communities in Biliran province.

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.

sustainable development goals
Philippines holds 2nd Technical Workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals Indicators

The National Economic and Development Authority and the Philippine Statistics Authority, with support from UNDP, recently held the “2nd Technical Workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals Indicators”.

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.

peacebuilding
EU, UNDP launch a new project to help sustain peace in Mindanao

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new project that aims to sustain peace efforts in Mindanao. EU Ambassador Franz Jessen and UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra presented the "Support Peace-Bangsamoro Project" that will be implemented from 2016 to mid-2017.

justice for all
Corruption remains a major stumbling block for justice sector reforms: UNDP

Corrupt judicial systems undermine reforms and are a major impediment to ensuring access to justice and human rights for ordinary citizens across the world, says a new report published by the United Nations Development Programme and U4 Anti-corruption Resource Centre.

climate change DRR
Philippines, UNDP to implement landmark program on climate action

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a partnership agreement for the “National Convergence Programme on Reducing Climate & Disaster Risks for a more Resilient and Sustainable Philippines”. The program, to be implemented by CCC with UNDP support, aims to increase national capacities to ensure that the Philippines achieves national climate change, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development targets set in the international agreements that the Philippines was a Party to in 2015.

world humanitarian summit
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls on global leaders to rally behind "Agenda for Humanity"

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched his “Agenda for Humanity” and calls on global leaders to make the Summit in Istanbul the turning point the world sorely needs.

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.

human development report
Transferable and higher skills needed to secure human development progress in Asia and the Pacific

Across Asia and the Pacific in general and in the Philippines in particular Human Development Index values are rising due to years of sustained economic growth and fast technological progress, says the latest Global Human Development Report focused on ‘Work for Human Development.’

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)

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COP21 Op-ed
Op-ed | Paris and its climate legacy for future generations

Climate change action indeed should not and need not be seen as a sunk cost but rather as an investment in the future and a catalyst for a new era of innovation. Current technologies available to us will not be sufficient.

UNDP and climate change
Publication | UNDP and Climate Change: Zero Carbon, Sustainable Development

Released in time for the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), this report – a mix of infographics and country case examples – outlines UNDP’s decades-long support to partner countries to tackle climate change. For the first time covering UNDP’s entire climate change approach, including mitigation and sustainable energy, climate change adaptation, forestry, and support to INDCs, the report is a comprehensive look at what is now a US$ 2.3 billion portfolio across 140 countries.

World leaders adopt Sustainable Development Goals

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support governments around the world in tackling the new agenda and taking it forward over the next 15 years.

Op-ed: A Historic Opportunity for Lasting Peace

The Philippines faces a historical moment. Legislation can be passed that will put the Philippines on the path to sustained peace and inclusive development ending decades of conflict and marginalization in the proposed Bangsamoro.

Op-ed: Where are we with the Yolanda Recovery?

The issues highlighted in recent press coverage on the statement of Professor Beyani, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, reflect a number of structural challenges that need to be addressed to expedite recovery from future disasters.