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  • 17 Jan 2012
    Nepal commemorates the 14th National Earthquake Safety Day

    On 16 January, the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai kicked off an event at a rally followed by several other events throughout the week to mark the Earthquake Safety day.

  • 16 Jan 2012
    Are we prepared ?

    Op-Ed by Mr. Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal on earthquake preparedness

  • 02 Jan 2012
    US$ 5.7 million approved for life-saving HIV drugs and supplies

    UNDP in Nepal has signed the US$5.7 million agreement with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) for Round 7 Phase 2 grant. UNDP received the first of two disbursements—US$2.4 million, from the GFATM on 19 October 2011.

  • 20 Dec 2011
    Handover of fire safety equipment to 5 Municipalities of Kathmandu Valley

    A number of recent reports have underscored that making Nepal safer will require strong first response capacity. In Nepal, every year fire causes significant loss of life and property. Annually there are more than 1500 fires across the country, costing more than 43 lives, and NRs 350 million in damage. Densely populated urban centers are particularly prone to fire hazards.

  • 01 Dec 2011
    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway meets LGBTI community

    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway met with the LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender Individuals) community at CruiseAIDS (an independent Community-Based Organization affiliated with the Blue Diamond Society or BDS) to learn about the challenges and stigmatization connected to people with HIV & STI, as well as sexual and gender minorities.

  • 25 Nov 2011
    With Completion of Peace Process, A New Chapter for Nepal says UNDP Chief

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway wrapped up their joint official four day visit to Nepal yesterday with optimistic words for the next phase of that country’s development after years of conflict.

  • 04 Nov 2011
    Environmental trends and deep inequalities threaten progress for the poor

    The new UNDP Human Development Report, “Equity and Sustainability: A Better Future for All,” was launched today by Hon’ble Deependra Bahadur Kshetry,Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission. The report places Nepal 157th out of 187 countries with an increase in the Human Development Index from 0.428 in 2010 to 0.458 in 2011. Nepal ranked 138 out of 169 countries in 2010.

  • 30 Sep 2011
    Managing solid waste through public private partnership

    Until few years ago the sanitation situation of Biratnagar Municipality, a major industrial hub and the second largest city in Nepalwas in a bad condition. Garbage was left in the open in public places. The Municipality was not able to provide a door-to-door collection service or sanitary disposal of solid wastes. According to the city data for 2008 Biratnagar, this densely populated city with 22 wards produces about 55 tons of garbage everyday.

  • 30 Sep 2011
    Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management issues in Planning Process

    The National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management (NSDRM) has acknowledged that absence of mainstreaming disaster reduction in the development process in the past resulted not only in the loss of physical properties and human lives, but also destructions of basic infrastructures.

  • 30 Sep 2011
    Sensitizing the CA member for DRM issues

    The Ministry of Home Affairs organized a sensitization workshop on 29th September 2011 and an Earthquake drill on 30th September for the Constituent Assembly members in Kathmandu to raise the awareness on Disaster Risk Management issues among the policy makers. UNDP’s Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP) supported the events.

  • 12 Aug 2011
    Nepal’s development partners reaffirm commitment for effective response to HIV/AIDS

    Nepal’s Development partners supporting the National HIV Response attended a meeting of stakeholders organised by the Ministry of Health and Population to discuss the current status of HIV service delivery by civil society in light of the transition of donor support— from the UN mechanism to that of the Government.

  • 09 Aug 2011
    Efforts to boost 'Third Gender' rights in Nepal

    On 21 December 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal rendered a landmark decision in ordering the Government to amend all discriminatory laws against LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) and formally recognize the LGBTI as ‘third gender’ in accordance with their sexual and gender identities.

  • 05 Jul 2011
    Government, donors undertake field visit for joint programme

    The Government officials and development partners of Local Governance Community Development Programme (LGCDP)comprising of representatives from ADB, DFID, CIDA, Danish embassy, UNDP/UN System and Norwegian embassy undertook a joint field visit to Kailali and Kanchanpur districts. Lead by the Ministry of Local Development (MLD), altogether 17 representatives of different agencies took active part in the visit programme.

  • 05 Jul 2011
    Youths vigilant for rhino conservation

    The UNDP Western Terai Landscape Complex Project (WTLCP)has been supporting the rhino conservation efforts of the Government in the Bardia National Park by technically and financially supporting the Community Based Anti-poaching Operation.

  • 14 Jun 2011
    Enabling Communities to Manage Water Induced Disaster Risks

    Bringing government departments in closer collaboration around the issues of disaster management and soil conservation can help safeguard livelihoods and contribute to more effective government investments in Nepal. Given its unique topography, linking upstream communities at risk from deforestation and landslides to the downstream communities who bear the brunt of resulting flash flooding can help foster a more holistic and cost effective strategies for reducing disaster risk.

  • 10 Jun 2011
    Planning for Early Recovery

    UNDP is global early recovery lead agency within the international system. In high disaster risk countries like Nepal UNDP needs a plan outlining how it will both support coordination and programming that will help the government and the community to rebuild the victims’ lives and livelihoods in the wake of a medium to large scale disaster.

  • 03 Jun 2011
    UNDP, AusAID sign cost sharing agreement to boost micro-enterprises

    UNDP and AusAID have signed a 1.5 million AUD cost sharing agreement to further support the Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP). The additional fund received will be spent on improving the policy environment at the macro level, strengthening the capacity of the local bodies, non-government and private sector organisations.

  • 03 Jun 2011
    Prepare now, be ready - don't wait for the next earthquake !

    The National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) conducted a simulation exercise in Kathmandu recently with the scenario of 7.2 magnitude earthquake to test the draft Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for response coordination at the national level. The event was supported by UNDP Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP).

  • 03 Jun 2011
    Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood programme kicks off

    The Government of Nepal (GoN)—Ministry of Finance (MoF), Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) and the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) have signed the project document for implementing Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL) programme in 26 remote districts of Nepal. The total budget of the programme for the period between 1 April 2011 to 31 December 2012 is US$ 1,508,150.

  • 09 May 2011
    UN traineeship programme kicks off

    The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Nepal launched the first ever traineeship programme for candidates from socially excluded groups to create a diverse workforce as well as address the agenda of social exclusion in a pragmatic manner.