UN Development Chief, Helen Clark, concludes visit to Honduras

Nov 25, 2016

Photo: UNDP Honduras

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark has recently finished a three-day visit to Honduras. During the visit she has held several meetings with Government authorities, international agencies and civil society representatives, members of the UN Development Group, UN staff and community members from projects that are being funded and technically advised by UNDP.  

During the visit, Clark held a meeting with the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, with whom they discussed about the national priorities on sustainable development, the 2030 Global Agenda, violence prevention, migration and climate change.

Mrs. Clark also expressed, in several opportunities, UNDP´s support on key strategic areas such as poverty reduction using a multi-dimensional approach as well as on climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction.

 “Honduras has a long term vision to tackle poverty. A proof of this is the work being done to incorporate into the national priorities the global agendas. As well as its efforts to measure poverty beyond income”.

During the conversation, it was mentioned the new work strategies that both the UNDP and the United Nations System will be implementing in the following five years in Honduras. The creation of these strategies received an extensive collaboration from the Government.

Also, Mrs. Clark was a special guest at the opening ceremony of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras. She congratulated authorities and the Honduran people for such important moment in favor of human rights in the country. She also expressed UNDP´s support to the Human Rights Office mandate.

Mrs. Clark, joined by Jessica Faieta -UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean-, visited two project sites in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, on community climate change adaptation, one in an urban and the other in a rural setting. In the urban community, women shared the project have impacted positively in their lives and have gain resilient abilities to cope better with the excess of water due to heavy rains. To women and their families, the contribution of the project is that it has reduced the possibilities of landslides and livelihood losses.

In the rural setting of Ojojona, Mrs. Clark met with farms whom shared their experience on micro-watershed management and how this has had a positive impact on their agricultural production, in terms of better quality and number of crop production annually, and therefore, in their family income and livelihood preservation.

“When families and its members develop skills and have resources to be resilient, it shows how climate change adaption projects genuinely contribute to achieve sustainable development. These climate change adaptation strategies have a real impact on people´s lives, in families’ incomes and help to empower people”

This has been the first visit of Mrs. Clark to Honduras. In different moments of the visit, she has stressed UNPD´s commitment to improve the lives of Hondurans, as well as helping the country to achieve the kind of growth which improves the quality of life for each and every one.

Contact information

Cristina Sevillano. Email: cristina.sevillano@undp.org

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