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Former fighters find hope through skills training in Nepal

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

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South Sudan: UNDP Board approves first ever country programme for new state

In yet another milestone for the world’s newest country, South Sudan has its own first ever United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) plan crafted together with the new government, and approved by the organisation’s governing board last night. The two-year programme will support the government’s pmore

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Earthquake preparedness works, Indonesians show

Banda Aceh, Indonesia - When a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Aceh province in the northern tip of Indonesia on 10 January there was no damage or casualty—a very different situation compared to seven years earlier when a devastating quake and tsunami killed more than 230,000 people acrossmore

Haiti must play lead role in quake rebuilding, UNDP official says

WASHINGTON—International organizations are playing a key role in rebuilding Haiti two years after a devastating earthquake, but long-term success requires ownership by citizens of the Caribbean island nation, UN Development Program (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan said. “You cannot rebmore

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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 formore

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Haitians recycle rubble into new communities

Port-au-Prince/New York – Two years after the devastating earthquake Haitians have recycled over 20 percent of more than half of the total quake rubble removed so far, helping affected communities build new houses or rebuild damaged ones, pave sidewalks and put up more than 2,000 metres of walls andmore

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Post-earthquake assistance in Haiti shifts to reconstruction

The allocation of resources for Haiti’s recovery from the devastating earthquake two years ago has shifted to reconstruction, infrastructure restoration, debris removal, job creation and capacity building, senior United Nations officials said today, noting, however, that considerable humanitarian nemore

Global conference on cluster bomb ban ends with even more States pledging to join the treaty

Lebanon—Friday 16 September 2011 marked the end of the week long Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, under the presidency of Lebanon’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants. The Convention on Cluster Munitions comprehensively bans the use, production, stockpimore

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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 omore

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"Positive momentum" for Haiti’s post-earthquake rebuild

Port-au-Prince – Over the past year, over 1 million cubic metres of debris have been cleared from the earthquake-ravaged streets here, but the task of rebuilding is far from over. Heraldo Muñoz, chief of Latin America and the Carribbean for the United Nations Development Programme saimore