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Strong institutions, inclusive processes crucial for peace in crisis-affected countries

New York —Building responsive institutions that deliver essential services and investing in inclusive political processes are among key ways to restore the social contract between states and citizens in crisis-affected countries, and consolidate peacebuilding gains. These recommendations are put for more

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Supercities face high quake risk

New York – More than half of the world’s supercities, with populations of 2-15 million, are at future risk of being affected by nearby magnitude seven or greater earthquakes, warned Eric Calais, Haiti-based seismologist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A significant number more

Survivors of Pakistan's flood lay foundations for new homes and lives

Struggling to help her husband with a long-term respiratory illness when their wooden house was swept away by catastrophic flooding in the north of Pakistan, Gul Numa, over 80 years old, survived the initial weeks of August in a makeshift camp. Numa and her husband, Sayed Qalandar Shah, 90, were am more

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Thailand: UNDP responds to severe flooding

Bangkok – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has expressed deep concern and offered support to the Government of Thailand as the country battles severe flooding that has killed more than 280 people and affected more than two million others since July this year. More than 80 percent o more

The UN urges calm in Haiti after elections

Port-au-Prince - The United Nations and the international community expressed their deep concern at the numerous incidents that marred the Haiti elections on Sunday, 28 November, 2010. The United Nations and the international community urge the public and all political actors to remain calm, more

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Timor-Leste: UNDP boosts electoral institutions’ ability to ensure peaceful polls

As Timorese went to the polls 7 July to vote in parliamentary elections it became clear that there has been a lot of progress in strengthening the country’s electoral system in the past years. The recent parliamentary elections and the two rounds of presidential polls, earlier this year, took place more

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Top UN aid official calls for scaling up of humanitarian efforts in Philippines

The United Nations relief head called today on countries and international organizations to scale up humanitarian efforts in the Philippines, which was ravaged by a storm last weekend, leaving almost half a million people in need of assistance. “The Government responded quickly to the disaster with more

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Toward increased efficiency of development aid in Haiti

Port-au-Prince – The Committee on Aid Efficiency (CAE) – a strategic forum reuniting the Government of Haiti and stakeholders involved in enacting the social and economic development of the country – met for the first time at the international level. The meeting showed that the Haitian government i more

Two years after the 2007 PERU earthquake

Two years ago, on 15 August, the Peruvian province of Ica was devastated by an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale.  Almost 600 people died, over 1,000 people were injured and 75,000 families were affected. The region suffered extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, and loc more

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U.N. to scale up aid and peacekeeping in South Sudan

Aid agencies are preparing to scale up their work in key locations across South Sudan, as continuing clashes kill hundreds and drive tens of thousands from their homes, while the UN is urging all forces to lay down their arms. On 24 December, the U.N. Security Council authorized almost doubling the more