KATHMANDU: Eight members of the joint Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) from donor and programme countries will be visiting Nepal from 18-25 April. The participating member states are Angola, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sweden and United Republic of Tanzania.

During their field visit to Nepal, the Board members will be able to see first hand some of the challenges and opportunities for UNDP and UNFPA during this critical period of transition in Nepal’s process of development ,as it moves from conflict to peace, from monarchy to republic, from a unitary to a federal state. Success in this period of transition will depend, in a large part, on development gains that are able to translate social, political and cultural aspirations into tangible changes in the lives of those in whose name this transition has been launched.

In Nepal the Board members will interact with key Government and non-Government stakeholders, local communities and UN partners. They will be briefed on UNDP’s support to constitution building in Nepal. The field visits will include UNDP initiatives in districts that are recovering from the conflict and how support to enterprise development and rebuilding of local infrastructure is improving the quality of people’s lives and bringing communities together to build peace.

Through project site visits in the districts and discussions at the national level, Board members will also learn how UNFPA's integrated range of activities on reproductive health, population and gender is supporting national efforts to reduce maternal mortality, to empower young girls and women, and to ensure that population dynamics are included in national plans and budgets. Executive Board members will also have an opportunity to visit mobile reproductive health camps in Nepal and see first hand how UNFPA delivers emergency services to conflict-affected populations; as well as to meet and interact with beneficiaries of UNFPA support for the prevention of gender-based violence – working in close partnership with a network of NGOs. Support is provided to GBV survivors for shelter, health screening, legal services, education and micro-enterprises.