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  • 150 mayors gather for 2ndASEAN Mayors Forum in Makassar to discuss pressing urban issues. Sep 9, 2015

    Makassar, Indonesia, 8 September 2015– At least 150 mayors from cities in South East Asia region on Tuesday gathered for the 2nd ASEAN Mayors Forum (AMF) 2015 in Indonesia’s eastern city of Makassar, to discuss urban management and ways to improve capacity of their bureaucrats.

  • Regional talks on climate change finance and sustainable development, in Jakarta Sep 1, 2015

    Jakarta, 01 September 2015 – The Regional Forum on Climate Change Finance and Sustainable Development kicked off Tuesday in Jakarta with speeches from Indonesia’s Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu, as well as HE Johanna Brismar Skoog, Ambassador of Sweden for Indonesia and the United Kingdom Ambassador for Indonesia ASEAN, and Timor Leste HE Moazzam Malik.

  • UNDP supports signing of major deals to develop Wind Power Aug 19, 2015

    Multi-million dollar deals between the Government of Indonesia and two foreign investors to develop wind power projects worth US$657 million was signed on Tuesday, and UNDP’s support was instrumental in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Economic empowerment key to success of UNDP’s ‘people’ project in Papua Jun 30, 2015

    Jakarta, June 30 – A flagship UNDP project in the far-flung provinces of Tanah Papua is coming to a close and on Tuesday local communities came together to share stories about how the project improved their lives. The second phase of People-Centred Development Project (PCDP) – supported by the Government of Indonesia and New Zealand Aid (NZAID) - aims to harness existing local capacity and economic resources to create and improve livelihoods in five regencies spread out in West Papua and Papua provinces. They are Sarmi, Boeven Digoel, Jayapura, Fakafak and Wamena Speaking at the PCDP seminar in Jakarta, New Zealand Ambassador Dr Trevor Matheson praised the success of the project, which has also boosted the production of food products made from nutmeg, honey, fish and coconut as well as supporting local farmers to increase their crop production. “The PCDP has finally improved prosperity in Papua through the successful business development and marketing of locally made products for increased incomes for communities,” said Ambassador Matheson “The PCDP viewed from the upper side is a sustainable economic development activity, but underneath it has generated a silver glow providing the guiding light for community led businesses to find their way in the private sector in Papua,” added Ambassador Matheson whose New Zealand government contributed NZ $ 4.6 million to the Project. UNDP Resident Representative Douglas Broderick said the PCDP project worked with local governments and communities to find economic solutions and opportunities that are appropriate to the local environment and has helped develop businesses from commodities that are in abundance in the communities. “This is what local economic development is about – it is about helping to generate sustainable business opportunities that can benefit a broad range of people across the provinces, and not just a few,” said Broderick. Deputy Minister of BAPPENAS, Imron Bulkin, said that all parties including local government now need to focus on how to sustain the results of the programme in the local communities, and also expand and replicate the successful initiatives. “Most of the products have passed the certification process from the Food Agency, we now need to think of ways to market the products further. We need to further strengthen the capacity of the producers to make this into a sustainable livelihood,” said Imron. Ambassador Matheson echoed this view, saying many development projects appear to deliver strong results in the beginning and fizzled after a period of time. “Two, three or five years after their completion we hear little of them or their benefits. PCDP 2 must not become one of them,” he said. Travelling more than 5,000 km from his hometown, Sarmi to capital Jakarta, Yonece Manibor shared how his coconut oil production has supported his livelihood. “Every month we sell up to 120 liters of coconut oil and I’ve been able save money at the bank and buy my children school kits. I hope this can continue for a longer period,” Manibor told participants of the seminar. For more testimonies and stories from the field, please go to our website,

  • Helen Clark Welcomes Pope Francis Encyclical On The Poor And Climate Change Jun 19, 2015

    I welcome Pope Francis' very important contribution to the climate change debate through his encyclical on the environment and the poor.

  • Indonesian President presented with Forest Governance Index Jun 5, 2015

    BOGOR, Indonesia – June 5 – Marking World Environment Day, Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday was presented with the recently launched 2014 Forest Governance Index, a significant recognition of the report that analyses the strengths and weaknesses of forest governance in the country.

  • Pole to Paris cyclist in Indonesia en route to UN Climate Change Conference May 26, 2015

    British scientist Daniel Price has kicked off the Indonesian leg of his bicycle tour to raise global awareness of climate change. His Pole to Paris campaign takes him from the Antarctic to Paris, the site of the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year.


    JAKARTA – May 21 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia on Thursday launched a comprehensive forest governance index for Indonesia that analyses the strengths and weaknesses of forest governance in the country.

  • UNDP Associate Administrator concludes visit to Indonesia, says country’s forests are critical ‘for the whole world’ Apr 29, 2015

    UNDP Associate Administrator Ms. Gina Casar has concluded her three-day visit to Indonesia where she stressed the country’s pivotal role in addressing the global development agenda and climate change challenges.

  • UNDP’s commitment to provide tailored high-quality and timely development services to GOI - Myanmar Apr 23, 2015

    Representatives of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and UNDP met in Jakarta, Indonesia on 22 April 2015, during the sidelines of the Asia-Africa Conference.

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