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UN humanitarian team activated in Nepal in wake of severe floods and landslides

People displaced by the floods take temporary refuge along a road in southern Nepal. Photo: UNICEF Nepal/2017/NShrestha15 August 2017 – The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has been activated in Nepal to support response efforts in the aftermath of severe floods that have hit the nation, the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country has said.

According to a humanitarian update issued by the office, as of 11:00 AM local time, 14 August, at least 66 people – including children – have been killed, 35 are missing, and many have been displaced following large-scale flooding and landslides in the wake of the worst rains to strike Nepal in 15 years.

“The full extent of the disaster is not yet known [as] many affected areas remain inaccessible due to damaged roads and bridges,” read the update.

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Sustainable Development Goals

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) seeks to provide leadership and catalyse action in promoting and coordinating implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among other mandates, it hosts the secretariat for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform within the United Nations system for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Heads of State and Governments in September 2015. The 2030 Agenda is a new plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets at its core.

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Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits Mt. Everest for gender equality in sports and empowerment of women migrant workers

 KATHMANDU, 24 MAY 2017 —

Kanchhi Maya Tamang and her team, led by Everest record holder Pemba Dorje Sherpa, reached the 29,035-feet (8848 metres) summit of the world's highest peak Saturday morning in her quest to seek new possibilities for women's empowerment.
"My win is a win for all women and girls. And my mission is to contribute to a discrimination-free Nepal where all girls and women have freedom and an enabling environment to realize their full human potential," Kanchhi Maya radioed from Mount Everest Base camp.

 

 

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UN publication review for 2017

UN Digital Repository in Nepal (UNDRN) is an initiative for the long-term preservation of the UN in Nepal’s funds, programmes and agencies’ Nepal-specific collective reports and documents into one portal and preserves it for institutional memory. UNDRN has the ability to collaboratively collect, organize, preserve, communicate, and share the overall UN agencies’ digital content from one central portal. With its wider range of audience and potential reference materials UNDRN is working on a five-year plan. Content Development is its major activities.

 

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Women Drivers in UN Nepal

 The 5th goal of the Sustainable Development Goals - “Gender Equality” strives to bring women into the limelight and promotes advancement of women. UN was one of the first international agencies to hire women drivers and has been encouraging them to become independent.
An interaction was done with five of the women drivers in the UN agencies in Nepal, which revealed their experiences as a UN driver.

For a woman, starting and pursuing a career in a patriarchal society with various “stereotypes” and “superstitions” that the society has been believing and following is not an easy task. There are various obstacles that women have gone through to go against the typical stereotype of women being limited to the four walls of the house.

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World Refugee Day celebration

 

In Nepal, World Refugee Day was commemorated with a number of interesting activities both in the capital Kathmandu and the Bhutanese refugee camp in eastern Nepal, with the objective of increasing public understanding of refugee issues and building support for refugees and work of UNHCR.

In the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, the second annual ‘Ride for Refugees’ event was organized on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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From the eyes of Yujin, a UN University Volunteer in UNIC

In response to the increasing population using social media and becoming the major platform to disseminate information among the youth worldwide, the United Nations has started to prioritize on digital media. It has also led to initiatives of every UN country offices releasing their own activities reflecting their contributions to their respective audiences by managing social media channels independently in regards to local context. 

It is with these related developments on media practices along with my academic background on Media Communications and my own interests in international peace, advocacy, and Nepal which led me becoming a United Nations University Volunteer for UN Information Centre Nepal (UNIC) since the past four months and a half.

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Envisioning a future that begins with food

In the Mid and Far Western region the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) Food for Education Programme with the support of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and WFP, provides a mid-day meal to 270,000 children on a daily basis.

Each year WFP invites school children in countries with WFP school meals operations to in an annual Global Children´s Design Competition. This year, the theme was “Zero Hunger: Our Future Begins with Food”. Thirty school children across Sindupalchowk were invited to participate in a two day workshop, organized by WFP in collaboration with Gallery McCube, where they used their imagination to envision how a future with food would look like.
 

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UN-Habitat comes together with Dutch Kadaster in application of GLTN tools to support post-earthquake land tenure and management

Preliminary estimate shows that some 475 settlements were feared vulnerable due to land slide and other hazards post 2015 earthquake. While NRA is undertaking scientific investigation to confirm which of them could be safe and which others needed to be really relocated undertaking pilot projects to start with relocation of identified settlements has become urgent. While whole of the villages are completely destroyed in many districts, this is also an opportunity to ‘Build Back Better’- building planned integrated settlements where possible.

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Rolpa girls play volleyball against child marriage

 LIBANG, ROLPA —

Khuma Sunar trekked three hours from her village to reach Libang, the district headquarters, and play a game that was previously dominated by boys in this part of the mid-western hills of Nepal. Thanks to 32 adolescent players like her, girls in Rolpa have set a good example to others that they can also play volleyball and raise their voices against child marriage through sports.

Khuma Sunar trekked three hours from her village to reach the district headquarters and play a game, previously dominated by boys.

 

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