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  • The Challenges Faced by LGBTI members Following the earthquake in Nepal May 7, 2015While the quake devastated communities across the country it has had an especially profound impact on marginalized communities such as the LGBTI. The UN Development Programme and partners have been working to ensure equal rights for LGBTI. Those programs have had some impact, but finding acceptance in Nepal’s relatively conservative society is still a challenge, and in the aftermath of the quake those challenges have been accentuated.

  • Courage and Hope in the Villages of NepalMay 3, 2015n the hours following the Nepal earthquake, Bharat Man Shrestha had little time to focus on his own fears. His parents in the village of Chautara, three hours from Kathmandu, were on the phone begging him to come home. Most of the houses in the village, including his parent’s home, had collapsed. One of his aunts was dead.

  • The UN and the Government of Nepal launch an appeal for US$415 million to provide relief in NepalApr 30, 2015The UN, along with a host of development partners, and the Nepali government made an appeal today for financial aid to provide urgent relief for people affected by the earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday morning.

  • Nepal's 'emergency centres' pay off for real time updates, coordinationApr 29, 2015In the chaos of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal, whose epicenter was in the rural Gorkha district, small Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) are believed to have played a pivotal role in responding to the disaster.

  • UNDP Regional Director calls for longer term development planning in NepalMay 16, 2014Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific concluded his three-day visit to Nepal urging the government leadership to quickly complete the transition process. He commended Nepal’s leaders for committing to graduate from the ranks of least developed countries by 2022, but said that strong political commitment accompanied by measurable actions was need to achieve the goals within next 8 years.

  • Sexual and gender minorities call for protection of their rightsApr 23, 2014The first-ever two-day national dialogue on the legal and social challenges facing, as well as the opportunities for, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and organizations in Nepal closed today with a call to the government to decriminalize same-sex sexual activity in the law and urged greater protection of rights of sexual and gender minorities. The participants also called on the government and affiliated parties to enshrine the rights of sexual and gender minorities in the constitution.

  • Finland to provide Euro 5.4 million to strengthen rule of law and improve respect for human rights in NepalApr 7, 2014The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have reached an agreement to implement a programme supporting the Supreme Court of Nepal and the Ministry of Law and Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs in minimizing impunity and protection and promotion of access to justice for thousands of poor and vulnerable people in Nepal.

  • Minister for Finance & Industry lauds micro-entrepreneurs’ crop diversificationJan 10, 2014Nepal’s Minister for Finance and Industry Honorable Shankar Koirala lauded Nepali micro-entrepreneurs for their success in crop diversification and for contributing to the Government’s efforts to reduce trade deficit. The Minister made the comments on 8 January in Kakani, Nuwakot while on a visit to strawberry farms that have received support from Micro Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP).

  • Nepal bags Expo Leadership AwardNov 1, 2013The UNDP-UNEP supported programme "Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review" was hailed for its exemplary work

  • Nepal’s roadmap on statistical development likely by November endOct 24, 2013A roadmap to formulate the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) is likely to be prepared by the end of November this year. The roadmap will envision a detailed sketch as to how the NSDS has to be developed in the country which is yet to prioritise a better data and statistical system.