Relief gains in quake-struck Nepal substantial, yet insufficient.

20150525_153258Kathmandu/Bangkok, 25 May 2015 — The large-scale relief operation launched in the wake of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which struck Nepal on 25 April, continues to intensify. National and local authorities are leading the effort, supported by the United Nations, humanitarian partners, the international community, private sector and volunteers.

“The momentum is there. We have been making substantial progress for the past month,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal. “Considering the conditions and complexities, we are now well-positioned to assist all the affected communities”.

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Nominations for the 2015 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme

Secretary-General meets with 2014 Reham Al-Farra Fellows.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with the participants of the 2014 UN Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists’ Fellowship Programme.

The Programme was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201 (paragraph III-9) and renamed in September 2003 “Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme” to honour Ms. Reham Al-Farra, a young UN staff member killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. The Programme is sponsored annually since 1981 by the United Nations Department of Public Information as a fellowship Programme for junior and mid-level broadcasters and journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. As of 2014, 536 journalists and broadcasters from 166 countries have taken part in the Programme.

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Nutritional Impact of the Child Grant – An Evidence from Karnali Zone, Nepal

2014-12-04-UNICEFUsing a dataset of 3,750 children in Karnali zone and econometric models, the study investigates the association between the actual amount of the Child Grant (CG) received and nutritional status of children in Karnali zone, Nepal. It was revealed that higher amount of CG is associated with reduction in underweight and severe wasting. For instance, the prevalence of underweight decreased from 42.5 per cent for non-recipients to 34.5 per cent for children who received the full amount of CG, a decrease by 8 percentage points (18.8 percent). Further, the model projects that, if the amount of CG increases to NRs 500(USD $5) per month from the current NRs 200 (USD $2), the prevalence of underweight will decline to 23.8 per cent. Based on the findings, this study suggests scaling-up the CG, as well as increasing the benefit amount to improve child nutrition in Nepal. Continue reading

Cost of Inaction – Child and Adolescent Marriage in Nepal

Cost of Inaction - Child and Adolescent Marriage in Nepal

Cost of Inaction – Child and Adolescent Marriage in Nepal

Nepal’s transitioning population pattern has produced favourable demographic conditions characterized by declining dependency ratios and expanding working-age population. This demographic environment represents a window of opportunity for Nepal’s long-term path of economic growth. However, acceptable levels of investments and a mix of sound policies are required to improve productivity and upward mobility in the production chain for Nepal to reach its full potential.

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NRNA and UN Women to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment

L-Shesh Ghale, President, NRNA R-Ziad Sheikh, Representative, UN Women - Copy

L-Shesh Ghale, President and NRNA R-Ziad Sheikh, Representative, UN Women

On August 5, 2014, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Non-Resident Nepali Association  (NRNA) and UN Women  to promote  the rights and  interests of Nepali women  residing outside and within Nepal. Through the MoU, NRNA and UN Women Nepal agree to raise awareness and  understanding  of  how  the  growing  diaspora  from  Nepal  can  promote  gender  equality  and women’s empowerment.

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