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  • 11 Apr 2014
    UNDP’s Match Against Poverty raises US$190,000 for the Philippines

    The XI Match Against Poverty held last March in Bern, Switzerland raised US$190,000 for ongoing recovery efforts in the Philippines where more than 5,000 people lost their lives last November to Typhoon Haiyan.

  • 31 Mar 2014
    Deutsche Post DHL and UNDP launch second “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” workshop in the Philippines

    Deutsche Post DHL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) workshop at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Running from March 31 to April 2, 2014, the workshop prepares airport personnel for the logistics of emergencies, including handling high volumes of incoming goods and passengers in the aftermath of a disaster. The 52 participants are a mix of staff from airport operations, air traffic control, security and relevant disaster management agencies that play a vital role in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

  • 28 Mar 2014
    UNDP and UNICEF join hands for waste management in Yolanda-affected areas

    In a simple signing ceremony UNDP and UNICEF have officially confirmed their agreement for the implementation of US$ 3.5 million for waste management in Typhoon Yolanda affected areas. The project will be implemented by UNDP with funding provided by UNICEF.

  • 28 Mar 2014
    Australia and UNDP reaffirm partnership to help promote resilience and recovery in the Philippines

    The Government of Australia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed yesterday two new partnership agreements, reaffirming their commitment to help promote resilience and recovery in the Philippines. The first agreement reaffirms their joint commitment to continue assistance to the Philippines in reducing people’s risk to disasters across the country, while the second agreement commits to working together to provide technical expertise to support typhoon-recovery efforts across the Visayas.

  • 27 Mar 2014
    UN Development Chief reaffirms support to Typhoon Haiyan recovery

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today wrapped up a two-day visit to the Philippines focused on post-typhoon recovery and support for the peace process in Mindanao.

  • 27 Mar 2014
    Japan and UNDP intensify support to Yolanda recovery efforts

    The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) forged an agreement today for additional support to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) recovery and resilience in the Visayas. As the humanitarian response transitions from relief to recovery, the Japanese Government committed an additional USD 3.5 million (approx. Php 157 million) to support livelihood restoration and to strengthen local government systems and services.

  • 24 Mar 2014
    MDGs subnational reports launched

    Ten (10) subnational status reports on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were launched during the 10th Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network-Philippines National Conference held 24-26 March 2014. The reports highlighted the importance of monitoring subnational MDGs progress in the effort to localize the MDGs.

  • 07 Mar 2014
    Film launched to highlight enormous recovery needs after Yolanda

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Embassy of Switzerland today launched a short film, entitled: “The Football Wonder of Tacloban” by renowned Swiss filmmaker Michael Steiner, aimed at raising awareness and support to help meet enormous recovery needs across the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated areas of the Philippines.

  • 03 Mar 2014
    International line-up of football greats set to play for the Philippines tomorrow

    A star-studded line-up of football greats is confirmed for tomorrow’s Match Against Poverty in Bern, Switzerland – proceeds of which will help support urgent recovery efforts for the millions still struggling to rebuild their lives after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  • 20 Feb 2014
    Our Work: 100 Days after Typhoon Haiyan

    A hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan tore through one of the poorest parts of the Philippines, affecting 14.1 million people and leaving 4 million displaced, UNDP continues to help people rebuild their lives.

  • 19 Feb 2014
    Luís Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira to join 11th annual Match Against Poverty - Proceeds to support recovery efforts in the Philippines

    Luís Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira are among the personalities that have confirmed they will join Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane at the 11th Annual Match Against Poverty that will take place on March 4 at the STADE DE SUISSE National Stadium in Bern, Switzerland.

  • 16 Feb 2014
    Needs remain enormous 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan

    One hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November, the Government-led relief operation has made marked progress. But millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and ensure that the gains made thus far are not rolled back as devastated communities begin the difficult process of recovery.

  • 14 Feb 2014
    Football Fever Harnessed to Shine Spotlight on Typhoon Recovery Needs in the Philippines

    As a visit by sports superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham whipped up football fever in the Philippines’ typhoon-hit city of Tacloban yesterday, renowned Swiss Filmmaker, Michael Steiner started the cameras rolling there on a new documentary set for release on 4 March at the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) annual Match Against Poverty to be played in Bern, Switzerland.

  • 06 Feb 2014
    Bohol earthquake survivors need support

    Nearly four months after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Bohol Island in the Philippines, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC), Luiza Carvalho, is calling on donors to provide an additional US$19 million for urgent shelter needs, as well as health, education and early recovery efforts in the affected areas.

  • 30 Jan 2014
    Humanity remains deeply unequal despite impressive progress, says UNDP report

    A sustained reduction in inequality requires a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms – says a report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.

  • 28 Jan 2014
    The Race is on to Salvage a “Golden Trough” of Typhoon Felled Trees across the Central Philippines

    The race is on to salvage valuable wood from millions of typhoon felled coconut trees in the central Philippines. Experts believe that salvaged coco lumber could be used for urgently needed temporary shelters, as the Yolanda (Haiyan) super storm left four million people displaced, just over two months ago in the Visayas region. It also killed thousands and devastated livelihoods across nine of the Philippines’ poorest provinces. If stored correctly, the lumber could also prove a potent way of securing thousands of livelihoods. But, time is running out as the trees need to be recovered before May 2014, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 22 Jan 2014
    UN opens global call for nominations to identify local sustainable development solutions that can change the world

    A United Nations-led partnership that “shines a spotlight” on local sustainable development innovations today launched its global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014. Today marks the first step in a worldwide search to identify leading community-based initiatives from across the developing world that advance environmental conservation while fighting poverty. Nominations are open from 146 countries through March 22, 2014.

  • 06 Jan 2014
    Video: Coordinating Recovery in the Philippines

    UNDP launched today a new video explaining how recovery is coordinated in the devastated areas across the Visayas. “Essentially, we have two disasters: one in the east and one in the west. In the west, the damage has been severe but the recovery of the communities themselves have been quick – sometimes self-organized, sometimes self-motivated, sometimes supported by the government, military and international agencies,” says UNDP Senior Recovery Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev in the video filmed in Tacloban.

  • 23 Dec 2013
    Mobile cash transfer system goes live in Tacloban

    The roll-out of the mobile cash transfer system is underway in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban. This money transfer system will be used for those who are employed in emergency clean-up schemes in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  • 20 Dec 2013
    UNDP official reaffirms long-term support for post-typhoon recovery in Philippines

    UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan arrived in the Philippines for a three-day trip to advance the agency’s support for post-typhoon recovery efforts, and consolidate partnerships with the Government, private sector and communities as they rebuild in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.