#Photography: Artudian’s “Euta Sapana”, an exhibition by 78 Photographers in Nepal Art Council

Photos“Euta Sapana”, a week long photo exhibition was organized by Artudian at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal from 29 June to 5 July 2014 during which 78 photographers from different sectors exhibited their photographs which included different categories. The exhibition was also followed by different workshops related to photography which was able to reach hundreds of visitors each day. The inauguration of the exhibition was done by Mr. Jagadish Tiwari, a famous Mountain/Landscape Photographer by cutting a canon shaped cake. The exhibition was one of its first kind organized by Artudio in its history with the support from different organizations and agencies. Read the rest of this entry

#POST2015 #APFSD #sustdevAP Advancing the Agenda for Development Justice

PrintA three day long Asia Pacific Civil Society forum on Sustainable Development was organized from 15 to 17 May 2014 in Bangkok by UN ESCAP during which aimed to inform and capacitate civil society participants on sustainable development at the global and regional levels, and on the opportunities and modalities for engaging these processes. While the event also provided the platform for CSO to dialogue on the content and substance of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) and formulate civil society positions building on Asia-Pacific civil society messages on post-Rio+20 and post-2015 development agenda and strategize interventions at the APFSD. It conveyed the message to unite on the creation of an Asia-Pacific civil society engagement facilitation mechanism for sustainable development; and agreed on joint actions and follow up to civil society positions adopted. Read the rest of this entry

#ITUWORLD Young Innovators Competition 2014

image001An integral part of ITU Telecom World events since 2011, the Young Innovators Programme works with innovative young people from all over the world who are using technology to transform their communities and their social reality. Each year, the Young Innovators Competition invites talented, technologically-minded young people to compete for one of the prestigious places in the programme. This year, ITU Telecom and the competition sponsors will launch a range of challenges for young innovators to solve in the months leading up to ITU Telecom World 2014 this December.  Read the rest of this entry

#WorldWaterDay2014: National Water Café 2014

BhaktapurWC1It has been a great pleasure to be with children and talk about the global issues and alert them about their future. In a developing world, when we talk about education, it is more like binding children with the limited access to knowledge more theoretically than practically. Education has become the business strategy, children study not for acquiring wisdom but appearing in exam and get high ranking. Is that all matter? Is that enough? How is the world mapping the quality of education? Is it quantity or quality education that matters to achieve development goals? Is there any monitoring and evaluating system to measure the level of knowledge that children get from educational institution? Read the rest of this entry

Asia Pacific post-2015 priorities, MDG8 and Global Partnerships

Originally posted on Effective Development Co-operation Blog:

Only One Earth - The Environment

By Stephen P. Groff, Asian Development Bank Vice-President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Any contemporary story on development in Asia-Pacific begins with reflection on massive gains achieved in the fight against poverty. The incidence of people living at less than $1.25 a day fell from 54.5% in 1990 to 20.7% in 2010, with the number of extreme poor declining from 1.48 billion to 733 million. This precipitous decline in poverty incidence has been accompanied by tremendous gains in access to health and education.

Without diminishing the progress made over the last 25 years, the region remains somewhat of a paradox: enviable growth and wealth on one hand and dire poverty and inequality on the other. Asia-Pacific remains home to more than 60% of the world’s extreme poor and two-thirds of the world’s hungry. While we’ve seen progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is uneven across…

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