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Liberians Urged To Cast Ballots in Runoff Vote

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26—Liberia’s ongoing election poses a major test for the West African country, a senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) official said here Wednesday, urging Liberians to turn out in large numbers for a runoff vote Nov. 8. “Second elections [after a crisis] are quite important.They’rmore

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As Central America's torrential rains continue, UN offers relief

The United Nations and the Government of Nicaragua launched an urgent appeal to donors (Flash Appeal) today for US$ 14.3 million to assist 134,000 people affected by the floods over the next six months. On 25 October the UN and the Government of El Salvador also launched a Flash Appeal for nearly Umore

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New report highlights UNDP’s role in building peace in Bolivia

New York— Following the tension and violence that spread throughout Bolivia around the approval of a Constitution five years ago, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) played a key role in building peace, sparking a historical dialogue between political parties and civil society groups, acmore

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UNDP offers relief as Central America's torrential rains continue

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is providing assistance to those hit by torrential rains that have devastated five Central American countries and Mexico, affected nearly 570,000 people and left more than 80 dead, according to preliminary reports. In Nicaragua, where over 130,000 peopmore

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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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UNDP invests in livelihoods to ease tensions in northern Kenya

With the famine in Somalia sparking an increased flow of refugees into neighbouring Kenya, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is scaling up its programmes to help improve the living conditions in the northern part of the country. More than 360,000 refugees from different neighbouring comore

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Yemen takes historic step as millions vote

Sana’a - After months of chaos and the ghost of civil war, Yemen marked a new chapter Tuesday as millions of Yemenis voted to end the turmoil and move towards a new future. The presidential election is the first critical benchmark in a two-year transitional period, and voters turned out in large numore

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Haitian filmmaker shows "Journey of Hope"

“I was shooting my first film ever, standing on top of a house filming kids playing football when the earth started shaking and the house crumbled underneath me,” said 27-year old filmmaker Massena Cesar, recalling that day of profound sorrow when a massive earthquake rocked Haiti, killing over 200,more

UN development chief says conflict often driven by poverty

Agadez - On the last day of her visit to Niger, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark traveled to the ancient city of Agadez where armed rebellions in the 1990s led to a period marked by violence and instability, resulting in increased poverty and vulnerability for the population.  Agadez is also a trmore

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UNDP steps up Afghan capacity ahead of major transitions

New York -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is strengthening its ability to support Afghanistan ahead of the expected withdrawal of international forces. We recognize that we are entering a totally new phase and we need to be prepared for what's coming," UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca more