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  • 09 Jul 2010
    Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) launched

    The Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) 2010 was launched by the former Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal on 24 June. The report (an updated version of Nepal Trade and Competitiveness Study 2004) is launched at a time when the trade and economic situation of the country portrays a bleak picture in export performance and balance of payment.

  • 09 Jul 2010
    Nepal hosts Asia workshop to help poorest countries make most of world trade

    The Government of Nepal (GoN) in partnership with UNDP and the Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat hosted a three-day workshop in Kathmandu to explore how Asia's poorest countries can benefit more from world trade and how trade can help lift more people across the region out of poverty.

  • 09 Jul 2010
    Global Open Day for Women and Peace in Nepal

    The Global Open Day for Women and Peace was organized on 11 June 2010 in Nepal to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, which focuses on women's participation in decision-making in peace-processes, prevention of violence against women in conflict and post-conflict settings, and on provision of justice to victims.

  • 21 Jun 2010
    Nepal hosts Asia workshop to help poorest countries make most of world trade

    The Government of Nepal is today hosting a three-day workshop, in partnership with UNDP and the Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat in the WTO, which aims to help Asia's poorest countries benefit more from world trade with a view to help lift more people across the region out of poverty.

  • 03 Jun 2010
    From cantonment to careers

    More than 803 young Nepali men and women have opted for voluntary rehabilitation packages that are being offered by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) under the auspices of the Government of Nepal.

  • 03 Jun 2010
    'Democratic Dialogue' continues with greater public interest

    26 year old Renu Gupta and her colleague Raghunath Das are meeting with people from different Terai communities, including communities such as the Yadav, Chaudhary and Mushahar (marginalized and backward communities) for grassroots public opinion collection at Bindi Village Development Committee of Dhanusa District.

  • 03 Jun 2010
    Irrigation canal brings prosperity

    The 21 households of Guta settlement of Devesthan Village Development Committee in Achham district have greatly benefitted from the irrigation project supported by the UNDP Quick Impact and Peace support Initiative (QIPSI) programme implemented in 2009. Achham is one of the remotest districts of Nepal. It is accessible by automobile from Kathmandu via a paved road that runs along the western border of Nepal from Dhangadi.

  • 07 May 2010
    Drinking water tap changes lives of the rural poor

    The construction of the Utisedi drinking water scheme has brought a big relief to the residents of Tamakot in Kalidanda village of Achham district, a remote settlement, 44 kilometers away from the district headquarters Mangalsen. Due to the availability of the water tap nearby, the villagers are able to keep themselves clean and healthy. There are less chances of suffering from water-borne diseases and the number of people suffering every year from diarrhea has greatly reduced. With the availability of water at accessible distance, people now have also constructed toilets in their houses and sanitation has improved immensely - "all thanks to the support of UNDP Quick Impact for Peace Support Initiative (QIPSI) Programme" say the villagers.

  • 07 May 2010
    Sale of rice husk stoves on the rise

    Rice husk stoves have been gaining popularity in the Terai region. Metal Nepal, a Bhairahawa based enterprise with its 60 employers produces 300 stoves in one day under the enterprising leadership of Shekhar Rayamajhi. One rice husk stove is being sold for Rs. 625 thanks to mass scale production. Earlier it used to be sold for Rs. 900. Rayamajhi has sold more than100,000 rice husk stoves in the Terai region in the past one year.

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

  • 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.