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  • 15 Oct 2012
    Renewable energy and ecotourism could be ‘green’ boost for rural Thai province

    Millions of tourists flock to Thailand every year for its rich culture, exotic cuisine, and distinct architecture. But far fewer people make the journey into Thailand’s rural north. To catch the eyes of potential visitors, a rural province is trying a green approach.

  • 10 Oct 2012
    Locals learn the benefits of environmental protection through Poverty-Environment Initiative

    People who make their living from Thailand’s natural resources are seeing the benefits of environmental protection and pro-poor development planning thanks to the work of UNDP’s Poverty-Environment Initiative. “It’s clear that people understand much more about how well-being is linked directly to ecosystems and the surrounding environment,” said Pawin Talerngsri, PEI Project Coordinator in Thailand.

  • 05 Oct 2012
    Student anti-corruption movement gains momentum

    “I realize the problem of corruption—there is a lot of it in Thailand, but I didn’t know what I could do," said a frustrated Sayuti Salam, a student at Prince of Songkhla University in Hat Yai. He’s now a minority. ABAC, a Thai polling firm recently reported that nearly two-thirds of Thai people hold the view that corruption in government is acceptable as long as they also benefit from it.

  • 22 Sep 2012
    UNDP kicks off second year of 'Water for People' partnership

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) kicked off the second year of their joint partnership on Friday, September 21 in Bangkok with a small ceremony. The four-year partnership is helping communities who live along Thailand's two major river basins--the Chao Phraya and the Mae Klong--both restore the environment and improve their livelihoods.

  • 21 Sep 2012
    Thailand and UNDP launch initiative to boost disaster management capacity

    In late 2011, flood waters swept through Thailand, affecting more than 11 million people. A year has passed since floodwaters inundated most of the country and metropolitan Bangkok, but the Royal Thai Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are determined to make the heavy toll of natural disasters a thing of the past. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and UNDP have launched a new initiative to boost the capacity of the Department to be able to respond to large-scale floods and other natural disasters.

  • 20 Sep 2012
    UNDP offers six-point plan to fast-track women in politics in Asia-Pacific

    BANGKOK— It will take 50 years for gender balance to be achieved in Asia-Pacific national legislatures if the increase in women’s participation in parliaments remains at the current pace, says a UN Development Programme (UNDP) study released this week. Economic progress will be limited without equal opportunity for men and women to influence political and economic decision-making, according to the report, which offers a six-step action plan to fast-track women into politics.

  • 17 Sep 2012
    Joint partnership means 10,000 police will receive HIV stigma prevention education

    As many as 10,000 junior Thai police officers per year will soon receive education on HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination due to a new partnership signed today, 17 September, by the Royal Thai Police, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Foundation for AIDS Rights and the Department of Rights Protection of Ministry of Justice.

  • 23 Aug 2012
    UNDP and private-sector anti-corruption network sign partnership

    The growing coalition against corruption in Thailand got a major boost when UNDP and the Anti-Corruption Network signed a partnership declaration.

  • 21 Aug 2012
    UNDP brings climate change leaders together for action on UNFCCC

    On the eve of a major UN climate change conference, UNDP and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) brought together more than 50 climate change coordination officers to discuss the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process and Thailand’s climate change policy framework.

  • 13 Aug 2012
    UNDP and Royal Thai Police work to fight HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination

    UNDP and the Royal Thai Police are working on a plan to educate junior police cadets to understand HIV-related stigma and discrimination. At a meeting with the Royal Thai Police, The Foundation for AIDS Rights, and UNAIDS, and the Ministry of Justice, a draft curriculum was presented that could be tested as early as this September.

  • 10 Aug 2012
    Thailand’s climate change master plan nears completion

    Thailand’s draft climate change master plan went through its last round of public consultation on 8 August at the Twin Towers Hotel in Bangkok. Organized by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning’s Office of Climate Change Coordination, the forum received about 500 participants from government agencies, civil society’s organizations, academic institutions and development partners.

  • 01 Aug 2012
    Luc Stevens named new UN chief in Thailand

    On 1 July, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named Mr. Luc Stevens as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand.

  • 23 Jul 2012
    Small Karen village gets help on sustainable energy use from UNDP

    Three years ago, Mae Kopi, a small Karen village in the Northern Thai province of Mae Hong Son was without power. But when the lights came on, life in Mae Kopi changed. The village was given power via a 30kw hydroelectric generator from the Ministry of Energy’s Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE).

  • 20 Jul 2012
    UNDP uses journalism to promote peace in Southern Thailand

    Amid conflict in Thailand’s Southern Provinces, access to public information can be difficult. The media has an important role to play in conflict situations and heavily influences public opinion—with both good and bad results. Single-sided coverage of current events can alter public perceptions on the ground.

  • 18 Jul 2012
    UNDP Thailand launches new website

    The UNDP Country Office in Thailand launched its brand new website this week—and became the first country office to finish a UNDP web project that will encompass more than 160 country offices across the globe.

  • 06 Jul 2012
    University networks formed at UNDP anti-corruption camp

    UNDP held a weekend camp for university student leaders to educate them about the many dangers of corruption in Thai society and help prepare them to take action.

  • 06 Jun 2012
    Royal Thai Government, UN sign joint five-year action plan to build resilience, creativity, and equity in Thailand

    The United Nations and the Royal Thai Government sealed their commitment to work together to achieve the goals set out in the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • 03 Jun 2012
    Thailand moves closer to climate change fiscal framework

    Thailand moved one step close to having a comprehensive policy to address climate change financing. At a June 1 workshop in Bangkok led by the Ministry of Finance’s Fiscal Policy Office, agencies examined the “Climate Public Expenditures and Institutional Review” or CPEIR. The review is the first building block toward a comprehensive fiscal policies and budgetary process.

  • 01 Jun 2012
    Thai province brainstorms about green and inclusive growth

    More than twenty agencies came together May 31 in Nan Province to brainstorm how they could strike a better balance in agricultural development over the next 10 years.

  • 23 May 2012
    Reducing tension through social cohesion and community security essential says new UNDP film

    To help reduce social tension, successful interventions must build community security and social cohesion, says a new UNDP Thailand documentary soon to be released in June.

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