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Famine spreads to more areas in southern Somalia

09 Aug 2011

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

19 Sep 2011

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'

12 Sep 2011

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

12 Sep 2011

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

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UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas spotlights Horn of Africa food crisis

05 Aug 2011

Geneva, New York – Film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a global appeal to assist more than 12 million people across the Horn of Africa left in need by famine, drought, conflict and high food prices. “Today, across the Horn of Africa, people are dying from hunger, amore

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28 Jul 2011

Islamabad: The scope and scale of flooding across Pakistan in July and August last year was unfathomable, affecting the lives of over 18 million people, washing away communities and livelihoods, and forcing millions to flee their homes. A humanitarian operation was launched for the estimated 14 milmore

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Ethiopian crop yields to get boost from UNDP, Gates Foundation

21 Jul 2011

As the United Nations steps up efforts to respond to a drought and food crisis across parts of the Horn of Africa, an initiative to double Ethiopia’s crop yields during the next five years will receive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundamore

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With completion of peace process, a new chapter for Nepal, says UNDP Chief

25 Nov 2011

Kathmandu - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway wrapped up their joint official four day visit to Nepal yesterday with optimistic words for the next phase of that country’s development after years of conflict. “We live in hope and expectation that Nemore

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Micro businesses lift rural Nepalese out of poverty

22 Nov 2011

Nepalgunj - Stalls at a fair in Nepal bulged with traditional textiles, art, spices, jewelry, bamboo furniture and food.  The proud owners of these businesses are supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has helped to build up micro businesses in rural areas like Nepamore

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Former fighters find hope through skills training in Nepal

23 Nov 2011

Nepalgunj - Bimala Ramjali was only 14 years old when her sister brought her to join the Maoist fighters, a group of communist insurgents in Nepal’s decade-long war that claimed 13,000 lives.  Now 28, with a two-year-old daughter playing at her feet, she talks about her family and her new beautmore