• Reconstructing identities: UNDP supports frontline government services Apr 9, 2014

    Sights and sounds of construction abound across the Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas. Rebuilding is well underway since the 8 November storm, but it’s not just buildings and infrastructure that need replaced.

  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights introduced to the Philippine business sector Mar 25, 2014

    The United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were today introduced to the Philippine private sector at a Forum on “Business and Human Rights”, held in the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), the Forum provided a platform for stakeholders to engage in dialogue on business and human rights, and to strengthen engagement towards the effective implementation of the Guiding Principles.

  • The N-Peace Awards 2014: Join the search for inspirational stories of peace in Asia! Mar 19, 2014

    The N-Peace Awards shine a light on the tireless and often unrecognized efforts of both women and men who work with communities across Asia to achieve lasting peace. In its fourth year, N-Peace is excited to announce two new countries – Pakistan and Myanmar – and four new categories in the 2014 N-Peace Awards. The achievements of women at the grassroots level will continue to be celebrated with the ‘Untold stories – women transforming their communities’ awards that are selected online by the public. The four new categories will recognize work by the media, by a peace mobilizer at the national or regional level, by a young peacebuilder, and by an organization with a successful and innovative approach to community peacebuilding.

  • 21,000 Swiss Show Solidarity with the Philippines at 11th Annual Football Match Against Poverty Mar 5, 2014

    Last night the United Nations Development Programme again mobilized its team of top football players to compete against a European football club to raise both funds for and awareness of the extreme poverty challenges facing the world.

  • Getting back up on her feet Mar 3, 2014

    In the lead-up to UNDP’s global Match Against Poverty for the Philippines, meet Margarette Sosing – one of the young footballers who shares her story in an upcoming film by renowned Swiss Filmmaker, Michael Steiner to be showcased in front of a live stadium crowd in Bern, Switzerland tomorrow night, March 4 (8 PM), where UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors and football legends Zinédine Zidane and Ronaldo will rally their team of internationally renowned football players for a charity match against the Bern professional football club, the BSC Young Boys and Friends.

  • Finding new solutions in the Typhoon Haiyan recovery Feb 28, 2014

    Early recovery appears to be in full swing in Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas after almost four months of intensive humanitarian aid but according to UN officials, the progress must be maintained to prevent further harm to the most vulnerable.

  • Race to salvage Philippine coconut wood Jan 24, 2014

    Aid agencies and the Philippine government are rushing to salvage the wood from some 15 million coconut trees that Typhoon Haiyan struck down in November 2013, but processing the tree debris before it rots is proving problematic, said the country’s top coconut authority.

  • 2007 UNDP study foretold Yolanda-type disaster Nov 22, 2013

    A 2007 study funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) foretold the impact of storm surges inundating the coastal communities of Leyte, its worst case scenario practically mirroring the devastation that Supertyphoon “Yolanda” wrought on the province two weeks ago.

  • Women peace activists in Asia take center stage at UNDP gala award event Oct 22, 2013

    UNDP honored eight Asian peace activists from conflict countries at its third annual N-Peace awards ceremony that was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 October. The N-Peace Awards spotlight women who demonstrate leadership in building peace, and men who work with women for gender equality. This high-level event concluded an annual regional campaign promoting over 90 peace advocates in Asia, whose personal stories inspired over 70,000 online supporters. Each of the winners has influenced peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.

  • UN exec supports Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, says conditional cash transfer breaks cycle of poverty Oct 21, 2013

    In a meeting with Sec. Corazon ‘Dinky’ Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, United Nations (UN) Undersecretary General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), expressed support for the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCT), known locally as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and underscored its importance in breaking the cycle of poverty.

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