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  • 25 Sep 2014
    Governments, Business, Civil Society and Indigenous Leaders Pledge to End Loss of Forests

    An innovative public-private partnership of multinationals, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples today pledged to cut the loss of forests in half by 2020 and end it a decade later in 2030 – a move that will eliminate the emission of between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year.

  • 25 Sep 2014
    Urgent action needed on Ebola to prevent reversal of years of development gains

    Massive assistance for affected countries is needed to prevent Ebola from shutting down economies and reversing years of development efforts, said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, at a high-level event at the United Nations on the deadly disease.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    Cambodia turns climate change crisis into opportunity

    Cambodia is ranked among the top 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change. This is not only due to climate risks, but also to lack of capacity to adapt and respond. Eighty percent of the population lives in rural areas with limited knowledge, infrastructure and opportunities; and more than 70 percent rely on agriculture that is heavily sensitive to climate change, putting the country’s economic and social development at risk.

  • 12 Sep 2014
    International Forum Calls for Focus on Disaster Recovery

    Globally, natural disasters have caused damages of nearly $4 trillion over the past 30 years—and the frequency and intensity of these powerful storms, droughts and earthquakes continue to rise.

  • 01 Sep 2014
    Ebola Response Intensifies - UN pledges commitment

    The United Nations System Coordinator on Ebola David Nabarro has pledged the UN Commitment to stick with Ebola affected countries and help them and their people cope with the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease. UNDP has already contributed US$150,000 to support surveillance, early warning activities, training health teams and transporting samples from suspected outbreak sites to laboratories.

  • 28 Aug 2014
    GoL/UNDP Sign USD$5.5million agreement with EU on Decentralization

    UNDP Resident Representative Antonio Vigilante, EU Head of Delegation to Liberia Attillio Pacifici and Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly sign the EU Contribution Agreement on Decentralization, which is central to governance reforms, peace building and reconciliation, as well as poverty reduction programs, is in line with Liberia’s National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance and the Liberia Decentralization Implementation Plan (LDIP).

  • 20 Aug 2014
    Uganda starts process to build the National Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory System

    The new 3-year National Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory System Project is implemented by the Government of Uganda through the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Water and Environment. It is part of the larger global LECB programme which is active in 25 countries and runs through to 2016. It is funded by the European Union, the German Government and UNDP to a tune of US$ 672,000.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    Private sector – important strategic partner for UNDP in promoting MDGs

    UNDP has projects related to private sector development or engagement in most of the over 170 countries and territories where we provide assistance. UNDP works with companies from a variety of sectors, for example, water, energy, extractives, food and agriculture, consumer products, healthcare, finance and information technology. Private sector companies have supported UNDP projects directly with US$135 million between 2009 and 2013.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    New technologies can help tackle violence, study says

    New information and communication technologies can connect citizens with one another and urgent responders, helping prevent violence and conflict, according to a new study by the United Nations Development Programme and others.

  • 11 Aug 2014
    UNDP steps up Ebola fight in Liberia as UN issues appeal to tackle national emergency - USD 33 million needed to tackle disease

    Monrovia, 12 August -- Issuing a comprehensive appeal, the United Nations system in Liberia today said up to USD 33 million were needed to support Liberia’s national response to the Ebola disease.

  • 04 Aug 2014
    UNDP and the EU support the Governments of West Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic

    UNDP supports the Government of Guinea in the fight against Ebola with $ 200,000 to strengthen the coordination of national response through the establishment of a mechanism to daily information sharing at the national, prefectural and in border areas.

  • 01 Aug 2014
    Women pivotal to bringing lasting peace to countries in conflict

    Women activists from 11 countries across the Arab region convened today to identify means to support women’s participation in peace making and ensure women’s protection from all forms of violence during times of conflict and emergency.

  • 30 Jul 2014
    The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon described the situation in Gaza as one of “horrifying levels of physical destruction”

    The UN chief, who has been in the region this week to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and to help them end the current cycle of violence, again stressed to all sides that they must abide by their international obligations to respect the sanctity of civilian life and the inviolability of UN premises, and to honour their obligations to humanitarian workers.

  • 30 Jul 2014
    Regional coordination essential for effective crisis mitigation in the Arab region

    Crisis response officials from 20 Arab countries started in Amman today meetings of the first regional conference “Towards a Crisis Response Network in the Arab Region.” Over two days, the conference discusses means to enhance the regional architecture for crisis management in order to link and strengthen national institutions, operating procedures, and capacities in early warning and crisis response.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience

    Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, launched here today by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Director of the Human Development Report Office Khalid Malik.

  • 11 Jul 2014
    'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians' by the UNDP and the Climate Parliament

    The publication 'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians' was launched 4 by the Administrator of UNDP, Ms Helen Clark, and the European Commissioner for Development, Mr Andris Piebalgs, at the first annual Sustainable Energy For All Forum, taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York.

  • 07 Jul 2014
    MDG Report 2014 released

    The The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 was launched today in New York by the Secretary-General. The report presents the latest assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs. The report shows that significant progress has been made across all goals and millions of lives have been saved. Yet, much more effort is needed in many areas. Continued progress towards the MDGs in the remaining year is essential in order to provide a solid foundation for the post-2015 development agenda.

  • 21 May 2014
    UNDP's support for the elections in Malawi

    Voters in Malawi headed to the polls on Tuesday, 20 May 2014, fifty years after the country's independence. Over 7.4 million people were registered to vote, a 16 percent increase from the elections in 2009, and according to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), the majority were women.

  • 21 May 2014
    JMDI side-event at the 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development

    The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) was represented for the sixth time at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden, and contributed through the organization of a side-event entitled “Local Authorities: the missing link to harness the potential of migration for development” which was held during the Civil Society Days on May 13th.

  • 09 May 2014
    Joint initiative of UNDP and European cities and regions identifies cooperation opportunities with provinces and cities in Ecuador

    A delegation of representatives from the cities of Barcelona, Bilbao, Milan and the region of the Basque Country visited Ecuador to begin a relationship of innovative territorial cooperation with Ecuadorean provinces and cities. This mission is part of the initiative Innovation in Sustainable Territorial Partnerships (I – STEPS), which aims to strengthen opportunities for exchange of experiences and mutual benefit between the North and the South.