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Brazil and Mozambique team up on small arms reduction

A common challenge, a common language and a common solution: South-South cooperation for improved firearms control in MozambiqueWhen Mozambique’s civil war ended in 1992, the government vowed to rid the country of small firearms. Although successful campaigns secured more than 260,500 guns fmore

Haitians on the pitch for recovery

A resident of Bel Air, one of the most violent, poor and garbage-filled zones of Port-au-Prince, Josiane Vesna along with nearly 1000 other Haitians was hired to rebuild six neighbourhoods, including her own, following the earthquake that devastated the country 11 months ago.“After the earmore

Women, peace and security in Africa

Eleven African governments have pledged to ensure an effective regional mechanism to address sexual violence against women and children in a regional event sponsored by UNDP.The Presidents of Burundi, DRC, the Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia, as well as Ministers of Great Lakes coumore

Ghana peace architecture to get boost from lawmakers

Local chiefs convene in Accra to discuss Ghana's Peace Architecture (Photo: UNDP)Accra - Lawmakers in Ghana are this month due to consider backing an independent peace-building body that has helped to solve disputes between some of the country’s many distinct ethnic and tribal groups and tmore

Croatia: UNDP promotes ethnic reconciliation

Croatia has made great strides towards European integration, but still faces the challenges of ethnic tension in war-affected areas. While much reconstruction has taken place in the formerly besieged cities of Osijek and Vukovar in the east of the country, inter-ethnic tensions still simmer and are more

UNDP to build disaster-proof houses in Pakistan

Pakistan: UNDP to build disaster-proof houses for flood-affected communitiesThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to build thousands of disaster-resistant houses for those uprooted around a coastal area severely affected by the floods which have devastated Pakistan during the last two mmore

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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 a decmore

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UNDP continues support as new floods uproot Pakistan's south

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced plans to step up efforts for those among 5.4 million people in Pakistan being hit by large scale floods for a second consecutive year. Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan’s southern provinces of Sindh and Balochistan have so far destroyed onmore

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Disaster-Conflict Interface: One Abets the Other, but 'Governance is a Key Enabler'

GENEVA—Disasters and conflicts frequently occur together, often devastating countries that are least able to sustain them, but good governance can speed recovery and lessen the likelihood of recurrence, according to a new UNDP study. “In most instances, the disaster-conflict interface increased themore

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UNDP Welcomes Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Beirut—The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commended the Government of Lebanon on the opening day of a landmark meeting on cluster munitions for its leadership role to advance this important agenda. On 12 September 2011 in Beirut, States parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions gavmore