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Mine Action Day 2014 - A Roundup of UNDP's Demining Efforts

New York - On Mine Action Day on 4 April, the UN will help raise awareness of the devastating toll that explosive remnants of war continue to exact upon communities, sometimes decades after conflicts come to an end.  This year, with Jordan and Uganda recently announcing that they are free of m more

Mobile one-stop shops help recover lost IDs in Pakistan

Women line up to receive free legal services including IDs in mobile one-stop shops. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “I feel that I lost evidence of my existence as my house collapsed. I had to re-establish my identity.” Gul Pari, a 30-year-old single mother of five in the district of Nowshera, Khybe more

More than sixty countries renew commitments to boost disaster risk reduction globally

Sendai, Japan: The World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction, organized by Japan and the United Nations, concluded today calling for increased investment in disaster preparedness and recovery. The conference and its summary document contribute to the discussion on renewing the Hyogo Framewo more

Mozambique and 123 UN Member States discuss small arms control

From 14 – 18 June, 124 U.N. member states, regional and UN bodies as well as 260 civil society organizations discussed how to better control small arms, reviewing the progress made  under a 2001 U.N. programme to control the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Representatives of t more

Myanmar: More than 170,000 people affected by cyclone Giri

Lessons were learned from Cyclone Nargisin 2008.(Photo: UNDP)Myanmar - Efforts to assess the full scale and extent of humanitarian need in Myanmar continue after a category-four cyclonic storm last week hit the country’s western coast, affecting more than 170,000 people.An estimated 177,000 pe more

Myanmar: UNDP survey shows food and income shortfalls

UNDP survey shows food and income shortfalls for cyclone-hit populationDaw Aung Khin Oo from Minbya Townshipshows her damaged house. (Photo: UNDP)Sittwe – Preliminary estimates from rapid assessments of villages in western Myanmar affected by Cyclone Giri last month show widespread destructi more

Namibia: Recovering from the worst floods in 46 years

UN agencies participated in the preparation of a Flash Appeal for US$ 2.7 million to support the Namibian Government’s response (Photo: UNDP)Since early 2009, torrential rains and severe flooding in the north-central and north-eastern regions of Namibia have killed almost 100 people.Out of o more

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Nations must lead and own justice for crimes, atrocities, UNDP chief says

The Hague—Justice will be delivered globally only when individual governments themselves shoulder responsibility for dealing with crimes and atrocities, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said here today. The International Criminal Court (ICC) “is not by virtue of its mandate more

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Natural resource management vital to peace: UN

Geneva/ New York/ Nairobi, 9 December 2013 States, intergovernmental organizations and other partners need to step up efforts to better integrate natural resource management into post-conflict reintegration programmes, according to a new UN report. The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demo more

Needs still urgent as flood-hit Pakistan starts to rebuild

Rebuilding basic infrastructure with involvement of communities. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) New York – While needs are still urgent for millions whose lives and livelihoods were ruined by flooding across Pakistan six months ago, hundreds of thousands are working to transform their futures throug more