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  • 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.

  • 19 Dec 2013
    Video: Waste Management Essential to Recovery

    UNDP launched today a new video explaining how waste management contributes to early recovery in the devastated areas across the Visayas. “Our initial estimates were 1.1 or 1.2 million cubic meters of debris around the town,” says Dr. Tim Walsh, UNDP waste management advisor in the video filmed in Tacloban.

  • 16 Dec 2013
    Humanitarian partners launch plan to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

    The Humanitarian Country Team in the Philippines today launched its Strategic Response Plan (SRP), seeking US$791 million to assist families affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) over a 12-month period.

  • 13 Dec 2013
    Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and government relief official lead donor mission

    Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman and United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Luiza Carvalho jointly led a mission yesterday to areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) to show donors first-hand the progress in the response and ongoing urgent needs almost five weeks after the disaster struck the Visayas region of the Philippines on 8 November.

  • 12 Dec 2013
    Lessons for the Philippines from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

    Indonesian Senior Minister, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who oversaw the historic rehabilitation of Aceh after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, arrives in the Philippines today to provide insights into managing large-scale recovery programmes.

  • 11 Dec 2013
    Creative economy key to inclusive development in the post-2015 development agenda: UN Report highlights

    The presentation of the Creative Economy Report 2013, Special Edition, in New York provides a menu of options and analysis of practical choices for local leaders to support cultural and creative industries in the pursuit of more inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth, leading to the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era.

  • 10 Dec 2013
    UNDP partners with global industrial equipment company for post-typhoon clean-up

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and CNH Industrial, a leading global producer of agricultural and construction equipment, trucks and powertrain, launched a partnership in which CNH Industrial will provide free construction equipment and tractors during the extensive cleanup and recovery of the communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban.

  • 06 Dec 2013
    One month after Haiyan: Clean-up and recovery

    In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, UNDP and its partners launched an early recovery programme, which began with emergency employment cash-for-work in debris and waste removal in the most affected areas.

  • 05 Dec 2013
    UNDP is expanding post-typhoon recovery projects to five provinces

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated US$ 11 million to launch recovery programmes in Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected areas in five provinces. UNDP will open six offices that will manage emergency employment cash-for-work projects in debris clearing and rehabilitation of markets, schools, hospitals and other public spaces. The cash-for-work portfolio of activities will expand to cover re-establishment of livelihoods and local economy through repairs to dwellings and municipal buildings, shops and businesses, boats and farms.

  • 04 Dec 2013
    UNDP announces mobile phone partnership to pay typhoon clean-up workers

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Landbank and mobile phone operator Smart signed an agreement today for a mobile phone money transfer system to pay those employed in emergency cash-for-work schemes in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The three partners in the phone plan will distribute 50,000 mobile phones to beneficiaries who will enroll in one of the cash-for-work projects operated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), civil society or UN agencies in the areas affected by typhoon Haiyan.

  • 03 Dec 2013
    Road to Recovery in the Philippines must be built for sustainable human development

    Just four weeks after super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners, with the Government’s guidance, are making significant strides in helping the country recover and build back sustainably, a UN development official said today.

  • 02 Dec 2013
    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva invites people to donate to the post-Yolanda recovery

    World renowned Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador launched a video message aiming at inviting people to donate to the recovery process in the areas affected by typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda).

  • 27 Nov 2013
    Waste management for disease prevention a pressing need in Tacloban

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting local authorities in Tacloban to resume safe disposal of growing piles of municipal solid waste which has become a public health concern in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  • 27 Nov 2013
    UN Calls for Governments to make disaster risk reduction integral part of longer-term development plans

    Building a more resilient Asia-Pacific is the key focus of a three-day meeting that began today at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together senior government officials from more than 25 countries. This month’s devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan is the most recent example of a relentless series of shocks that has battered the Asia-Pacific region over the last few years, highlighting the crucial need for a more comprehensive approach to building resilience so that countries can withstand, adapt to and recover from natural disasters.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UNDP launches cash-for-work programme for destroyed communities in the Philippines

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began debris removal projects last week by providing cash-for-work to villagers hit hard by typhoon Haiyan. Local communities started clearing rubble and medical waste, earning much needed income to get back on track after the destruction from the typhoon, while also easing access routes for humanitarian supplies.

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