Kathmandu/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”.
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.
As in previous years, the United Nations information Services at Geneva will organize a two-week Graduate Study Programme at the Palais des nations for a group of qualified post graduate students from all over the world. The 53rd Geneva Graduate Study Programme will take place from 6-17 July 2015. Continue reading
Using 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
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.
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.
The United Nations Information Centre in Kathmandu (UNIC Kathmandu) has a temporary job opening for the position of Administrative Assistant. Details follow:
There are so far over 13,000 entries from Nepal on the MY World Survey – a global survey aiming to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the post-2015 development agenda.