New Book “Parks for Life” highlights the immense value of national parks in Thailand10 Feb 2016The new book, Parks for Life: Why We Love Thailand’s National Parks, aims to create a better recognition of, and greater commitment and support to protect the country’s rich biodiversity. The publication advocates for investing in the management of protected areas to promote inclusive economic growth that takes the real value of biodiversity and ecosystems into account in decision-making in the country’s development.
Livelihood opportunities for women in southern Thailand boosted through training and small grants10 Feb 2016Nonphan, is the founder of Sai Khao Agricultural Housewives Community Enterprise, a small cooperative, which prepares, preserves and sells Garcinia – a local fruit. The community enterprise is one of eight selected community livelihood projects to recently receive a small grant through UNDP’s Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation (STEP) Project. The small grants, which are financially supported by the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund, aim to assist local communities to become more resilient amid the ongoing violent conflict in southern Thailand, through the improvement of their livelihoods.
Small grants reducing unemployment and increasing livelihoods in southern Thailand8 Feb 2016UNDP's STEP II Project awarded small grants to eight community projects in targeted provinces in southern Thailand (Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat). The grants are generously financed by the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund. The small grants aim to assist local communities to become more resilient amid the ongoing violent conflict in southern Thailand, through the improvement of their livelihoods.
Private sector dialogue examines the human and economic impact of LGBTI workplace discrimination in Thailand3 Nov 2015Discrimination and exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the private sector workplace, which is widespread across the Asia-Pacific region including in Thailand, has both economic as well as human associated costs.
International Day of Peace 'Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for all'21 Sep 2015Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
Op-Ed: Democracy for a better world15 Sep 2015Democracy is one of the universal and indivisible core values and principles of the United Nations. It is based on the freely expressed will of people and links closely to the rule of law and the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Democratic governance means that our human rights and freedoms are respected, promoted, and fulfilled by states and institutions, allowing each and every one of us to live with dignity and freedom.
UNDP announced as key partner for Global Goals campaign7 Sep 2015As world leaders prepare to adopt the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the biggest ever collaboration of campaigners, artists, sports stars, performers and companies unite to tell seven billion people in seven days “It’s Time To Change The World.”
Go Purple to Support LGBTI Youth25 Aug 2015Far too many of this region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth experience dread walking through their schools’ doors, knowing that taunting, exclusion and even violence may await. UNESCO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Being LGBTI in Asia, encourage parents, peers and teachers to join the #PurpleMySchool campaign aimed at creating safe spaces for LGBTI youth in educational settings throughout the region.
Eastern Sarus cranes released into their natural habitat through reintroduction programme7 Aug 2015Twelve Eastern Sarus cranes were released into their natural habitat at Huay Jorrakaemak Reservoir Non-Hunting Area, in Buriram province. The event was part of the Eastern Sarus crane reintroduction programme implemented by the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand, in cooperation with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. In Thailand, the species became extinct in the wild in the 1980s with only a few remaining cranes residing in zoos.
Message from Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator on World Day against Trafficking in Persons30 Jul 2015The United Nations endeavours to see a world free from trafficking and exploitation, a world where every life matters, and where every person realises his or her inherent human right to pursue their dreams.