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Expanding the Ranks of Qualified Disaster Risk Reduction Specialists

Lund, Sweden – Participants from across the UN System gather in Lund this week for an inter-agency training on better disaster risk reduction. In total, 24 participants from five UN agencies participated in the training, which was organized by Lund University and the Capacity for Disaster ReductionLue lisää (englanti)

FYR Macedonia tests "One voter, One Ballot" initiative

Skopje – The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has voted in presidential and local elections seen as essential for the country’s accession to European Union and NATO membership. The elections took place peacefully, complying with international standards. In the process, theLue lisää (englanti)


Faith-based groups play key role in advancing development goals, UNDP chief says

Hamburg—Faith-based organizations are playing a crucial role in efforts to build a more equitable and sustainable future, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark told a Protestant conference here.   “Many faith-based groups and leaders are already part of the drive toLue lisää (englanti)

Famine in Somalia may be over, but 2.3 million people still in crisis

Nairobi, Kenya  – The combination of a  massive scale-up in humanitarian assistance and an exceptional harvest have helped relieve famine conditions in Somalia, but interrupting assistance risks these gains, according to analysis released today by the Food and Agricultural Organisation’sLue lisää (englanti)


Famine spreads to more areas in southern Somalia

Nairobi - Three new areas in southern Somalia have deteriorated into a famine situation. These are parts of Middle Shabelle region, the Afgooye Corridor settlements home to roughly 400,000 displaced people since 2007, and parts of Mogadishu which are hosting displaced populations. This follows aLue lisää (englanti)

Famous Iraqi musician returns to Baghdad for peace concert

More than 2,000 people from every corner of Iraq came to Baghdad last week to hear world-famous Iraqi musician Nasseer Shamma mark International Day of Peace at a concert jointly organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Iraqi Ministry of Culture. Shamma, who plays theLue lisää (englanti)

Farmers back on road to market in Pakistan

Road restored through a cash-for-work project. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “No one could reach our villages, we could not travel to visit doctors and most importantly the first post-flood crop of sugarcane, which we have managed to harvest, could not reach the market. But UNDP’s support toLue lisää (englanti)

Farmers to receive compensation for damaged property in Gaza

Jerusalem – The United Nations Development Programme and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement today allocating US$270 million for the restoration of the agricultural sector in Gaza.  The agreement consists of a compensation package to Palestinian farmers for property damagedLue lisää (englanti)

Fast Response Ignites Hope in Cyclone Ravaged Pacific Paradise

Cook Islands -- Shortly after Cyclone Pat tore through Aitutaki, one of Cook Islands’ most popular tourist destinations, it became clear that quick action to rebuild homes and livelihoods was needed to head off another blow to its fragile economy. Aitutaki is one of the 15 islands that makeLue lisää (englanti)

Fiji races to deadline for Millennium Development Goals

A family gets help with its bread business, school children receive vitamins and transportation that boost their studies, a village replants trees that replenish the environment.  These are some of the stories of hope, determination and new ideas from the Pacific nation of Fiji in its race toLue lisää (englanti)

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