Asia-Pacific citizens engaged in helping UN reduce poverty

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Source: UNDP

Citizens in the Asia-Pacific region have been partnering successfully with the UN to solve problems of poverty and inequalities in the past two years.

A report documenting the achievements of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) US$2 billion delivery has been launched on Monday.

The focus has been on finding innovative solutions to these challenges and implementing them on a larger scale for a greater impact.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The report illustrates UNDP's support to poverty reduction and conservation of natural resources, strengthening democratic governance and responding to crisis.

In cooperation with governments and development partners, the initiative has led to more than five million people having access to social protection in the region, half of them women.

Xu Haoliang, the Assistant Secretary-General of UNDP’s Asia and Pacific Region says these measures can help reduce inequalities.

"Through social protection measures such as access to health services you can effectively reduce inequality. And I think what is important to understand is that availability of social services can be achieved even when the overall or average income level is not very high."

For example, UNDP has supported three million urban poor women and men in Bangladesh to gain financial security through savings and loan schemes.

Additional efforts have been aimed at strengthening the resilience of the Asia-Pacific communities because the region is disproportionately affected by natural disasters, he added.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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