Shoring up Tuvalu's Climate Resilience

29 Aug 2017 by Yusuke Taishi

The community of Nui island, Tuvalu, waves goodbye to the Prime Minister and his delegation visiting on a 3-day mission following Cyclone Pam. When the Category 5 cyclone struck in March 2015, the storm surges destroyed homes, crops and livelihoods, displacing 45 percent of the nation’s people. Photo: Silke von Brockhausen/UNDP
Tuvaluan people have long waited for this moment. Even though Tuvalu's vulnerability to sea-level rise has been widely recognized on the global stage, proper protection has been almost non-existent. This UNDP-supported project is one of the first, large-scale initiatives that promises to deliver meaningful protection. … Read more

Small Business, Big Impact: How small businesses can maximize their bottomline for people and planet

24 Aug 2017 by Jielin Zhang, Partnerships Intern at the Bangkok Regional Hub

Small businesses often work on tight margins and many are waking up to the fact that being eco-efficient can reduce costs. UNDP Afghanistan Photo
Small businesses often work on tight margins and many are waking up to the fact that being eco-efficient can reduce costs. … Read more

Helping People Help Themselves: Thailand's Doi Tung story and lessons for the ASEAN region

22 Aug 2017 by Caitlin Wiesen, Chief of Regional Policy and Programme Support for UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

The turning point came deep into the 1980’s when Thailand’s Princess Srinagarinda (2nd from right), known to Thais at the ‘Princess Mother,’ established the Doi Tung Development Project through the Mae Fah Luang Foundation. Courtesy Doi Tung
If you venture into Doi Tung today, it is a haven for the arts, bustling with entrepreneurship and innovation. So how did it turn around? The solutions here may serve as a model for transformation in some of the world’s most hardscrabble regions. … Read more

Nepal Leaps Forward in Climate Finance Visibility

17 Aug 2017 by by Suren Poghosyan, Governance and Public Finance Specialist, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

Nepal is truly leading the way in climate finance. This is a hugely significant step forward for transparency and accountability in Nepal and is critical in a region so vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
On a recent trip to Nepal, I suddenly found myself in a moment in which one simple action represented a critical step forward for accountability and action in addressing the challenges of climate change. … Read more

How your daily choices can help build peace

12 Aug 2017

When we think of peace building, we usually think about countries that are currently at war or that have recently emerged from conflict. But in fact building peace is something that must happen continuously and in all countries. … Read more