Bringing experience and innovation to spur progress in Asia and the Pacific

11 Feb 2016 by Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

It has been said that ‘you are only as good as your last success.’ As the United Nations Development Programme marks its 50th anniversary at the end of this month, we are forging ahead in that spirit, and not resting on our achievements. … Read more

In Ho Chi Minh City, officials look beyond income to find the poor

03 Feb 2016 by Richard Marshall, Nguyen Bui Linh and Sarah Reed

As the country’s most prosperous city, the nature of poverty in Ho Chi Minh City has changed over the past decade, as is the case among many of Viet Nam’s middle income neighbours. Photo: Paul Arps / CC2.0
Far from fudging the stats to make the poverty line appear lower, officials at HCMC have taken great pains to ensure a greater number of people are listed as poor. And this change not only holds great promise in shaping stronger social welfare systems in Viet Nam, it could change how other Asian megacities tackle deep-seated urban poverty. … Read more

Decent work opportunities central to achieving inclusive growth in Asia and the Pacific

18 Jan 2016 by Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the 2015 Human Development Report

A closer look at the region’s human development and work-related indicators reveals significant diversities from country to country. For instance, the 2015 Report shows that at the global level East Asia and the Pacific has the third highest Human Development Index (HDI) , while South Asia is second from bottom. … Read more

How a little app is making a huge difference in our Nepal earthquake response

08 Dec 2015 by Kamal Raj Sigdel, UNDP Nepal

Nepal earthquake response app Within the first three months, with the help of this app, UNDP assessed, demolished and removed debris from over 3,000 houses, employing over 3,500 local people and benefiting around 17,000 community members.
Within the first three months, with the help of this app, UNDP assessed, demolished and removed debris from over 3,000 houses, employing over 3,500 local people and benefiting around 17,000 community members. … Read more

Paris and what it means for our future

03 Dec 2015 by Mariana Simões

Though historically not a major contributor to climate change, Viet Nam is disproportionately affected by its impacts and is considered an extreme risk country.
While many of us feel that the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Climate Change meeting in Paris will not affect us directly, the decisions made over the next couple of weeks will actually impact us all – these decisions will influence the future of economic growth and human development. In Asia, increasing temperatures and variability in rainfall are resulting in floods and droughts, impacting crop yield. Rising sea level and increased incidence of extreme events are damaging assets and disrupting economic activity.  The cost of responding to these climate change impacts is formidable.  Developing countries especially struggle with these costs, as they must balance the immediate needs of disaster response with the longer term investments of sustainable development, such as health and education.          In 2009, the COP recognized this challenge and agreed to mobilize $100 billion per year by 2020 to support the response to climate change. This finance would be a “balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation”, with funding for adaptation to be “prioritized for the most vulnerable developing countries.”  Mitigation refers to reducing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.  Adaptation refers to taking measures to strengthen resilience, to impacts of climate change which are already occurring and … Read more