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African countries pledge assistance to Haiti

African countries pledged more than eight million dollars during last week’s International Donors' Conference for Haiti to help the country recover from the devastating earthquake of 12 January.The pledges made included: USD 1 million from The Gambia; USD 204,000 from Mali;  USD 1 million frommore

Investing in Haitian Women

Since the 12 January 2010 earthquake, UNDP has been playing a key role in the response to the crisis in Haiti. Acknowledging that only Haitians can rebuild their country again— and build it back better— UNDP has put job creation at the centre of all its recovery activities in the cmore

UNDP Haiti receives award for "courage, commitment and teamwork"

Washington - The US Committee for UNDP presented its second annual Julia V. Taft Award to the UNDP Country Office in Haiti on April 29, 2010, in Washington, DC. The Award, named in memory of the first Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery, was presented in recognition omore

UN officials applaud progress made in the struggle against landmines

The following is a statement issued jointly by members of the UN Mine Action Team on the occasion of the 2010 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.  Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Convention entered into force 11 years ago, there have been many signs of progress,more

Boosting voter interest in the Afghanistan elections

Kabul – Increasing voter turnout and ensuring a relative level of security are the main challenges for the upcoming elections scheduled to take place in Afghanistan on August 20.  Margie Cook manages UNDP’s election initiative – Enhancing legal and electoral capacity for tomorrow (more

Concerns Iraq will not meet mine ban treaty obligations

BAGHDAD – A joint UNICEF-UNDP report, released today with the Iraqi Ministry of Environment, raises concerns that Iraq is unable to meet its obligations under the Ottawa Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty. “After decades of war and conflict, Iraq has become one of the world’s most comore

Gaza update: UNDP begins to assess damages

© UNDPUNDP, in its capacity as the coordinator of the UN Early Recovery team, has begun assessing the damage incurred from the 22 days of violence and is preparing a plan for reconstruction. UNDP is working closely with local municipalities, NGOs and the UN country team on the needs assessment.  Tmore

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 damaged durinmore

Big turnout for Iraqi provincial elections

A voter casts his ballot in Fallujah. (Photo:ASWAT AL-IRAQ.)Baghdad – The vote for the provincial elections taking place in Iraq over the weekend saw a healthy turnout, due in large part to the successful media and voter outreach strategies of the Iraqi election authorities. “An impomore

UN assists flood victims in Ouagadougou

The local authorities are still busy trying to count the number of people affected by the flood.  Zouarata Ouedraogo lost her house and belongings and came for the registration where she reports the status of her family (Photo: Kerstin Gosse/UNDP)“Early in the morning, water began to pour intomore