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South Sudan one year after independence: Increasing non-oil revenues

The majority of South Sudan’s 10 states have boosted revenue collection by more than 100 percent after setting up functioning state revenue authorities with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This is part of an effort to put in place a more effective and efficient nationamore

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South Sudan one year after independence: Land titles helping to reintegrate communities

With the return of nearly 400,000 South Sudanese to the northern states of their homeland since October 2011, overcrowding in urban areas has put pressure on already weak public utilities, while disputes over land have contributed to inter-communal conflict in rural areas. To proactively address thmore

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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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South Sudan: peace and reconciliation leaders call for an end to the fighting

Juba - The heads of South Sudan’s ethnically diverse peace and reconciliation institutions spoke jointly for the first time today, urging the country’s political leaders to immediately stop the fighting and put forward a peace plan. The three national bodies—representing the government, parliament, more

Strengthening rule of law key to ending crises in CAR and South Sudan

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on international donors to bolster justice, security and rule of law for countries in conflict, singling out both South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) for immediate attention. “To end cycles of violent conflict, tecmore

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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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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 numbermore

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 ammore

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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

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