MARCH 2019

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) made a joint commitment to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through open government initiatives. As outlined in their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two organizations will support progress on SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

MOVING away from line-item budgeting allows government agencies to become more efficient, World Bank Lead Governance Specialist Lewis Hawke said.


Organization of the seventy-fourth regular session of the General Assembly, adoption of the agenda and allocation of items

Agenda of the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly

Allocation of agenda items for the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly/i>

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr said the United Nations is “not free to interfere” when a state chooses to take a hardline stance against crime.


THE World Bank has committed to finance at least $500 million worth of agriculture-related projects in the country, including the crucial updating of database on farmers and fisherfolk, to improve the farm sector’s productivity, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

THE Philippines and the World Bank have signed an agreement for a $300-million loan that would be used as additional funds for the government’s conditional cash transfer program.

The United Nations has underlined its unwavering commitment to the Palestinian people in their ongoing struggle to achieve self-determination, independence and sovereignty.

Man-made starvation is “slowly making its way into Zimbabwe” and most households in the country are unable to obtain enough food to meet their basic needs, Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, declared on Thursday.


The UK government has failed to comply with a UN deadline to hand back the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean to Mauritius. The dispute is reflective of a world still grappling with its unresolved colonial legacy – and the UK’s intransigence on the issue evokes echoes of a colonial attitude that continues to rear its head in parts of the international community.

The Philippines has been re-elected as a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council under Category C for Biennium 2020 to 2021, during the 31st Session of the IMO Assembly at the IMO Headquarters in London on Nov. 29.

MARCH 2020

Philippine rule of law has remained one of the weakest in East Asia and the Pacific, according to an annual survey of the World Justice Project (WJP).