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  • 07 May 2010
    Regional conference on the impact of the Global Financial Crisis

    The UNDP Regional Centre for Asia Pacific in collaboration with UNDP Nepal and the National Planning Commission hosted a South Asia conference on the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis and their linkages with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 07 May 2010
    Consultations for the next APHDR on Climate Change kicks off

    The South Asia consultation on the next Asia Pacific Human Development Report (APHDR) on Climate Change took place in Kathmandu from 29-30 April. About 35 participants from nine different countries participated in this workshop. The participants were representatives of governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, civil society, academia, think tanks and media institutions based in the respective sub-region.

  • 06 May 2010
    Microfinance services to be expanded to hills and mountain regions

    The Enhancing Access to Financial Services (EAFS) project was launched on 8 April by Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, Governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank (Central Bank) in the presence of the representatives from microfinance institutions, donors, development partners and other stakeholders. The project provides grant support to selected microfinance institutions to enable them expand their services in 24 districts in the hills and mountain regions covering 54 out of 75 districts in the country. The major objective is to provide access to affordable financing to very remote areas and poor people.

  • 06 May 2010
    Voter registration piloting exercise completes

    The Election Commission has just completed the voter registration pilot exercise with the new digital photo and fingerprint recognition system in seven Village Development Committees of five districts- Kathmandu, Solukhumbu, Rupendehi, Dang and Dadeldhura with the Danish assistance.

  • 03 May 2010
    UNDP Regional Director wraps-up visit to Nepal against backdrop of political uncertainty and ongoing development challenges

    Mr. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific left today on May 1st 2010 after completing a four-day visit. He was here to gain a first hand sense of the current development situation and exchange views on the relevance of current and future UNDP projects and programmes. While in Nepal, Mr. Chhibber met with the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal, the Honourable Minister of Finance, the Honourable Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission, other senior officials, international donors and civil society representatives.

  • 11 Apr 2010
    Gender Issues likely to get prominence in the Constitution

    With one-third women in the Constituent Assembly (CA), the gender issues are likely to get prominence not only in the Constitution, but also in the state mechanism. However, women leaders still believe that their participation in the CA is only a foundation to build a gender equal society and that continuous efforts are required to keep this on the right track.

  • 08 Mar 2010
    Statement by Robert Piper, UNDP Resident Representative at the Launch of the Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2010, POWER, VOICE AND RIGHTS: A Turning Point for Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific

  • 08 Mar 2010
    Women are socially, politically and economically backward in the Asia-Pacific region, progress remains especially slow in South Asia

    Discrimination and neglect are threatening women's survival in the Asia-Pacific region where women suffer from some of the world's lowest rates of political representation, employment and property ownership. Their lack of participation in productive sector is depressing economic growth,' says the new Asia Pacific Human Development Report on Gender.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    Communication for empowerment

    The Regional Initiative (Regional Centre Bangkok) conducted a pilot assessment on 'Communication for Empowerment (C4E) of Indigenous Peoples in Nepal'.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    Target of reducing poverty likely to be met

    The National Planning Commission with UNDP's assistance is in the process of producing the MDGs Progress Report 2010 and consultations are on the way with the Government, donors, UN Agencies and civil society to finalize the report.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    National Wetland Committee launched

    In an effort to conserve the Wetlands and to ensure their sustainable use, the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC) has finally launched the National Wetland Committee (NWC). The Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal project supported by the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and IUCN played a crucial role in making the NWC formation process participatory, inclusive and consultative.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    Training to review the draft constitution

    The Support to the Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal (SPCBN) Civil Society Outreach (CSO) initiative organised a four day Master of Trainers Training workshop.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    The Badi women want to be heard!

    Parvati, 18, gathering much courage and confidence in her voice, held the microphone in her hand. She was representing the Badi women community to express their frustrations and desire to live a normal and decent life. The plight of Badi women has been ignored by the state till now. These women now know that the Constitution is being drafted; they want to raise their voice and make their presence felt.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    NHRC proposes for Forensic and Body Exhumation Unit

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is in the process of establishing a Forensic and Body Exhumation unit, developing a pool of experts on the same and also establishing a network of available experts, including those trained by ICRC.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    2,394 young men and women discharged from Maoist army

  • 05 Feb 2010
    Discharge and rehabilitation continues

    The discharge, which is scheduled to be completed in seven cantonments across the country by mid February 2010 is part of the 1612 Action Plan signed on 16 December 2009 by the Government of Nepal, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist (UCPN-M) and the United Nations. To date, after completing 6 cantonments in Sindhuli, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Ilam, Kailali and Surkhet districts, 2126 young people disqualified from the Maoist army as children or late recruits have been discharged.

  • 20 Jan 2010
    A draft key note speech by the Deputy Country Director for Programme, Mr. Jorn Sorensen-UNDP National Stakeholder Consultation on Communication for Empowerment of Indigenous Peoples in Nepal

  • 09 Jan 2010
    From military to civilian life - first group of minors discharged from Maoist army in Nepal

    A group of young Nepali men and women left their military lives behind and returned to civilian life after a discharge ceremony in the main Maoist army cantonment in Sindhuli in the central region of the country on Thursday, 7 January 2010.

  • 05 Jan 2010
    UN, GoN and UCPN-M sign Action Plan for discharge of minors

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Mr. Rakam Chemjong, Representative of the Secretary General (UNMIN), Ms. Karin Landgren and UCPN Maoist Chairman Mr. Puspa Kamal Dahal witnessed the signing of an Action Plan between the Government of Nepal, Unified Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN-M) and the United Nations for the discharge of Maoist army personnel disqualified in the United Nations-led verification process in 2007.

  • 05 Jan 2010
    Remittance is a relief but not a long term solution

    Nepal is likely to meet the target of halving the number of people living under extreme poverty (# 1 Millennium Development Goals ) up to 24 per cent of the total population by 2015.