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10 Sep 2018 description

Summary

This framework document aims to introduce a proactive approach to assess adaptation needs and encourage timely adaptation. The idea behind this approach is that if an assessment shows that specific policies and practices of stakeholders are at risk of failure due to climate change, corrections are encouraged and losses or damages can be prevented. The approach focuses on identifying whether and when the performance of policies, management, and social-cultural practices drops below a decisive level due to climate change, and adaptation is required.

18 Jul 2018 description

Preface

The last several years have been exciting and eventful for UNDP, as the organization repositions itself to meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the demands of UN Member States to reform the UN development system. Both are about significant changes aimed at a new course for development, one that supports people and the planet, and that meets the challenges and opportunities of our complex, rapidly changing world.

28 May 2018 description

Inside this newsletter, you will find five original articles from the Bangkok Regional Hub, featuring the work of country office work-flows in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and the Solomon Islands, highlighting the ways in which UNDP programmes in the region cross-cut gender equality mainstreaming efforts, or ensure women's empowerment to accelerate sustainable development.

Articles:

  • Religious Leaders Challenge Gendered Misconceptions in Afghanistan

16 May 2018 description

New approach puts theory of Climate-Resilient Water Management into practice on the ground

  • Climate-driven water scarcity could reduce GDP growth rates in South Asia by as much as 6%.1

  • Climate change will increase water-stress through irregular rainfall patterns and increased incidence of floods and droughts.

  • The Action on Climate Today (ACT) programme has developed a conceptual framework that clearly distinguishes Climate Resilient Water Management (CRWM) from traditional approaches to water management.

08 May 2018 description

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked least developed country (LDC) in the Himalayan Mountains, with a population of 768,577, covering an area of 38,394 km². The area is mountainous, with steep slopes and 70% forest cover. The climate varies by altitude from alpine to subtropical and is strongly influenced by monsoons. The terrain limits agricultural productivity, but whilst agriculture contributes only 16% to GDP, it employs around 58% of the workforce.

16 Apr 2018 description

For Bhutan, a tiny carbon-neutral country nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, climate change is not just an environmental problem but a serious challenge to sustainable development. Communities face a range of climate-related hazards: shrinking glaciers and water reservoirs; a higher incidence of diseases spread by mosquitos and floods; as well as more frequent flash floods, forest fires and landslides.

13 Feb 2018 description

The Olympics gives us a chance to re-affirm our commitment to protect our people and our planet

By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya

The Olympics offers us a time of hope, a time for mutual understanding, a time for goodwill and peace. But as all eyes turn toward PyeongChang for the 23rd Winter Olympic Games, rising temperatures, melting glaciers and rising seas threaten to dash many of these lofty hopes and dreams.

17 Jan 2018 description

The Hindu Kush Himalayan region has been hit hard by the impact of climate change. To help the local people successfully adapt to this new reality, the SDC is supporting the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The organisation provides eight countries in the region with a platform for creating and adopting new approaches to sustainable mountain development.

14 Dec 2017 description

Bangkok, Thailand, December 14 2017 – This week during Asia Pacific Climate Week, UNDP launched a Guidance Note on how to create and refine Climate Change Financing Frameworks – the flagship product of UNDP's Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF).

16 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu is UN High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

12 Nov 2017 description

‘Protect landscapes to protect everything’: Bhutan announces national push for climate resiliency and conservation

11th November 2017, Thimphu: As COP23 international climate talks continue in Bonn, Bhutan has launched a ground-breaking US$13.9 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) project aimed at enhancing the resilience of communities and protecting the country’s unique and rich biodiversity in the face of a changing climate.

18 Oct 2017 description

This paper presents a conceptual framework for the study of the vulnerability of Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal with a particular focus on the structural vulnerability.

23 Aug 2017 description

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meeting UNDP's vision to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion, requires new ways of working; identifying co-benefits across targets, encouraging effective cross-sector action, and ensuring policy coherence

04 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

Thimphu, March 2, 2017 — The Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Bank signed into effect today the preparation of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) Grant of US$1.5 million, which will support Bhutan to formulate a long-term plan to improve climate resilience.

16 Dec 2016 description

With support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), the government of Bhutan is now working to reduce climate change vulnerabilities and sustain community livelihoods and forests.

Initially, the project plans to open up access to green resource windows, “To deliver results beyond the climate and environment realm”, said Ms. Niamh Collier-Smith, the UNDP Resident Representative a.i.