UNDP kicks off its innovation summit

The two-day conference will see how innovations can address development challenges in Asia and the Pacific

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on October 30 started a two-day interactive conference to see how innovations can address development challenges in Asia and the Pacific, such as poverty, corruption, gender inequality, and environmental degradation.

“We have taken on the challenge of determining how to accelerate the development of a sustainable future,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia-Pacific. “We are looking at how to make development project cycle faster, more open, and better fit for implementation of the post-2015 agenda.” “Traditional policymaking and project implementation must reckon with unconventional ideas, innovative sources of financing, and new types of partnerships,” added Haoliang Xu.

The conference includes over 80 development practitioners from 30 countries. The conference participants will review 16 innovative pilot initiatives implemented by UNDP in 13 countries across Asia-Pacific, funded by the UNDP Innovation Fund. It is supported by UNDP’s Innovation Fund, which was established with a donation from the Government of Denmark.

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