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  • Sub-national Consultative Meeting: Draft Phnom Kulen National Park Management Plan Apr 28, 2017

    I’m very pleased to join you in this important sub-national consultative meeting. There are some interesting findings and exciting policy suggestions coming from this work and I look forward to a good discussion today.

  • UNDP releases new cookbook with climate-resilient recipes Apr 4, 2017

    UNDP has launched a new cookbook looking at how climate change is affecting food security in developing countries and how communities are adapting their traditional recipes to survive...

  • Cambodia has region’s fastest growth rate in human development Mar 22, 2017

    From 1990 to 2015, Cambodia’s annual HDI growth rate of 1.84% has outpaced the average in East Asia and the Pacific, currently at 1.35%, making it among the top seven countries in the world with the fastest HDI growth rate...

  • How Aid Now Works and Why It Still Matters Mar 3, 2017

    Our experts are helping countries plan, budget and implement projects they are funding themselves. In Pakistan we are helping the government embed the sustainable development goals in its plans and budget. Pakistan is committing its own resources to creating jobs and providing access to clean water and quality education. This creates positive and long-lasting change with benefits beyond the country’s borders...

  • The Changing Role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific Feb 16, 2017

    I would like to talk about development as part of a solution to the challenges you are discussing, peace and security. While development is not a cure for all ills, it can address some of the root causes of instability and conflict.

  • More women need to be included in the political process Feb 13, 2017

    In light of the coming local elections this year and the national election in 2018, we urge all participating political parties to adopt and implement policies and procedures that promote greater equality among women and men, particularly in decision-making structures, on political party lists and in funding the campaign of women candidates. A political system that includes women, at the top as well as at the grass roots level, is one that better represents all Cambodians.

  • Switzerland supports Cambodia’s mine action sector with US$3.5 million through the Clearing for Results project, implemented by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) and UNDP from 2017 to 2019 Jan 13, 2017

    Building on its financial support from 2013 to 2015, the Government of Switzerland has committed an additional US$3.5 million to Cambodia’s demining sector, from 2017 to 2019. The fund will support the Government to maximize mine action results on human development in poor communities in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin, through Phase III of the Clearing for Results project. The project is also supported by the Australia Government...

  • Asia’s First Zero-Waste, Zero-Emission Business Forum in Singapore Nov 16, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives, Singapore will welcome over 600 business & sustainability leaders, senior government officials, UN agencies, NGOs from across the globe for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development (RBF) in Singapore on 22-24 November 2016.

  • UNDP Opens SDG Knowledge Exchange in Bangkok Oct 24, 2016

    “This Knowledge Exchange is a platform for sharing experiences that will allow us to accelerate SDG implementation,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “Our goal is to turn the 2030 Agenda vision into actions on the ground as soon as possible.”

  • Building the foundations for inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Cambodia Oct 19, 2016

    In summary, if the returns to labour are to be increased, Cambodia will need to diversify the economy providing productive employment opportunities for the 275,000 youths reaching the working age population annually (ILO, 2008). It also needs to make agriculture more productive to provide higher returns to labour to young people who would remain employed in rural jobs. Lastly, there is a need to enhance long-term savings to build-up financial assets and strengthen household resilience and set the foundations for inclusive and sustainable economic growth...

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