Businesses To Play Greater Role In New Development Era In Asia-Pacific, Says UNDP At Responsible Business Forum
Businesses To Play Greater Role In New Development Era In Asia-Pacific, Says UNDP At Responsible Business Forum

At the fifth Responsible Business Forum, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on business leaders to take a greater role in the new development era in order to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Forum, opened in Singapore by UNDP and Global Initiatives, aims to address a sea change in the nature of development funding by creating a new partnership for sustainable development.

While foreign funding (Official Development Assistance) is still essential for the development system, it now accounts for 0.7 percent of total financial flows in Asia-Pacific (down from 13.5 percent in 1990), while domestic public and private finance accounts for 89 percent, according to a UNDP report launched last month.

Haoliang Xu: Opening Plenary Address At The Responsible Business Forum
Haoliang Xu: Opening Plenary Address At The Responsible Business Forum

It is one year since every country in the world signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals. They form a blueprint for addressing the most significant challenges facing our planet and its people. Challenges like climate change. This is likely to be the hottest year on record and here in Asia, climate change is a cause of the natural disasters that have claimed half a million lives in the last decade. Challenges like inequality, which has been growing for four-fifths of Asia-Pacific’s population over the last 20 years. Challenges brought on by the accelerating process of ageing, which will make it harder for many Asian states to provide basic services to their people. The 17 SDGs will address these challenges and other interlinked issues, including education, hunger and security. But governments cannot implement this blueprint on their own. Nor can the UN and other development organizations.

No Space Too Small for Keyhole Garden Concept

There is now a new site accessible in Apia as a demonstration of the keyhole gardening (KHG) concept. Setting up a backyard garden in Apia is a big challenge with limited space from encroaching urbanization. Employees working in an office environment 40-hours a week are disconnected from nature and missing out on...

Nofoali’i village hosts seminar on gender based violence

The International Labour Organization (ILO) office for Pacific Island Countries in partnership with UN Women and One UN family hosted a community Gender Based Violence Seminar on Sunday, 27th November, 2016, to mark the beginning of 16 Days of Activism to raise awareness on violence against women and children in...

Cook Islands national consultations with UN Agencies

Close to a 100 participants attended the 2-day national consultations with UN Agencies in an effort to engage government and key stakeholders from various NGOS and the private sector in a consultative process to build linkages and to contribute national priorities in the development of the new UN Pacific Strategy 2018-2022. The discussions also placed significant importance on the comparative advantage and mandate of the UN in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Global Agenda.

Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia
Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) opened a two-day meeting on aid ahead of the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. More than 100 government delegates and development experts are exploring how to design integrated national financing frameworks for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia-Pacific. “Domestic sources of finance are emerging as a key driving force for sustainable development in Asia-Pacific,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “These new sources of finance allow us to expand the existing development cooperation and partnership.”

Niue national consultations develop new UN Pacific Strategy

The One UN team and the Government of Niue completed 2-days (05-06 October) of national multi-stakeholder consultations and reached an understanding on potential areas of UN support strongly linked to the Niue National Strategic Plan. The consultations engaged government and key stakeholders from various...

UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme assist Sapapalii improve its biodiversity

Coastal communities in Samoa suffer the greatest impact of climate change in the country. Sapapalii, a coastal community on southeast Savaii is one of the many rural communities experiencing the extremes of weather. The most recent disaster was in 2012 when Cyclone Evan completely damaged the only bridge...

UNDP GEF-AF Sub Regional Project Management Meeting

National Project managers and Coordinators of UNDP Global Environment Fund (GEF) and Adaptation Fund (AF) projects implemented by UNDP Samoa Multi-County Office for Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau are meeting for three days this week in Apia, from 29th – 30th August 2016 at the Taumeasina Island Resort....

Tokelau and UN Consultations to inform the new UN Pacific Strategy

Senior public servants of Tokelau have deliberated in a participatory forum and have recommended for the UN to focus development assistance on its five key thematic and priority areas - Good Governance and Partnerships; Infrastructure Development; Human Development; Sustainability; and, Resilience against...

Launch of Samoa Hardship and Poverty Report and Report on Samoa Agricultural Survey

The importance of statistics as a basis for both monitoring progress and providing the evidence needed for better policy making in a globally competitive economic environment is significant to meeting the challenges contained in the SAMOA Pathway and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Minister of the...

UNDP-GEF Project Enhanced Resilience of Beach Fales

Small scale beach fales are iconic with Samoan tourism. These family-run operations, mainly concentrating along the white sandy beaches of southeast Upolu, Manono island, as well as northeast and southeast of Savaii are all located within 20 meters of the seashore.  The simple huts are built from local wood for...

Inception Workshop for GEF-funded Ridge to Reef Niue Project

The Ridge to Reef project for Niue had its inception workshop on Thursday 07th July 2016 at the Niue Golf and Sports club in Fonuakula, Alofi.