When the 2007 tsunami hit the Solomon Islands, people thought it was the end of the world. People were not aware of the risks and were not warned to evacuate.
Tsunami drills in schools ensure that the young generation has necessary knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe. New emergency doors and evacuation routes allow students to exit the school away from the ocean, and run uphill to the safety.
With support from the Government of Japan, UNDP is assisting schools in the Solomon Islands to assess tsunami risks, develop emergency evacuation plans and conduct safety drills.
On 23 June, resilience in the face of Climate Change was in the spotlight with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office Country Director, and Head of Pacific Regional Programme and Policy, Mr Bakhodir Burkhanov, giving presentations in support of this key global issue as part of European Climate Diplomacy Week.
Titled UN in the Pacific; working together to build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities, Mr Burkhanov’s presentation raised this key global issue with the Diplomatic Corps at the UNIC Canberra Office, and again with the academic community in an address at the Australian National University.
Mr Burkhanov discussed building resistance to climate change and natural disasters, and resilience from a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) perspective, examining how this might drive sustainable development more broadly.
He also spoke about how action to adapt to climate change, manage disaster risk, and reduction in development-related carbon footprint all work towards the broader goals of sustainable development and poverty reduction.
The UN Development Programme today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization.
Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.
UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories across the world to help them eradicate extreme poverty, strengthen good governance, and prevent and respond to crises.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), wrote to the President of the General Assembly requesting the General Assembly to confirm Achim Steiner of Germany as the new Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.
Mr. Steiner is currently Director of Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford since 2016. His professional career includes assignments with Governmental and non-governmental, as well as international organizations in different parts of the world, most recently as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (2009-2011), as well as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (2001-2006) and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams, South Africa (1998-2001).
April 10, 2017 (Suva, Fiji) – Over forty delegates from nine Pacific Parliaments are gathering in Suva this week to take part in the Pacific Parliamentary Seminar on Enhancing Committee Work.
The seminar was conceived in the wake of extensive consultations with Members of Parliament (MPs) and senior staff of the national parliaments of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and the Cook Islands, which returned repeated calls for professional development opportunities on committee work.
Photo: UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Osnat Lubrani encouraged delegates in her opening remarks to embrace the opportunity presented by this Seminar.
Hundreds of Bougainvilleans participated in the Annual Peace walk on Friday, 9th of December in Buka Town. Participants of the Peace Walk included representatives of the Bougainville Government, the National Government, development partners, civil society organizations, schools, churches and ex-combatants. The Peace Walk was a reminder for every Bougainvillean men, women and children to stand for peace, and peace by peaceful means.
This peace walk was also a demonstration of the cordial relationship between the national government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government in progressing the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement of 2001.
Port Moresby, 14 December 2016 – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in PNG and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu have released preliminary findings of the joint survey on business’ skill needs, launched in September 2016.
The survey has received over 230 responses from employers across all key sectors and locations of Papua New Guinea.
Port Moresby, 8 December, 2016 – Every year on 9th of December the world celebrates International Anti-Corruption Day with an aim to raise public awareness of corruption and what people can do to fight it. Photo-caption: Civil servant in PNG using “Phones Against Corruption” service.
Corruption is an issue that affects all countries around the world. It contributes to a lack of trust and confidence in governance and leadership, undermines democracy, and sets countries back economically.
UNDP, Global Initiatives, 600 business leaders and government officials start work on a new coalition for sustainable development
23 November 2016, Singapore – 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. Domestic public and private finance accounts for 89 percent of all financial flows in Asia-Pacific, according to a UNDP report launched last month. While foreign funding (Official Development Assistance) is still essential for the development system, it now accounts for 0.7 percent of totalfinancial flows in Asia-Pacific (down from 13.5 % in 1990).