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.

Government of Bangladesh signed a new project for development of CHT worth over 31 million US dollars

The Government of Bangladesh reaffirmed its commitment to fully implement the Chittagong Hill Tract Peace Accord, 1997, as it signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a new development project, focusing on sustainable and inclusive development of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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.”

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UZGP launches ‘Red Card Campaign’ to combat early marriage, sexual harassment

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Asia Pacific Annual Report 2015 - 2016

In breaking from traditional development models, and in trying to ensure that ‘no one is left behind,’ UNDP has leveraged low-cost innovations, knowledge exchanges between countries, and emerging technologies, to provide new opportunities to some of the most marginalized communities in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Bangladesh wins WSIS Award Third time in a row
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Fernando Carrera joins inter-ministerial workshop on SDG implementation

Fernando Carrera joined the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Member (Senior Secretary) General Economics Division and nine Secretaries in a special session on SDG implementation in Bangladesh.

UN agencies to maximise benefit of development support to CHT

“The United Nations is now one team with one vision and one programme for the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The new programmatic framework is more than just a collection of programmes. It is a basis for comprehensive cooperation between UN agencies, development partners and the Government,” said Robert D. Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh, at a meeting of UN agencies with other development partners today.