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UN launches $301 million appeal for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

The United Nations today appealed for nearly a third of a billion dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are labouring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and basic medicines. more

UN officials applaud progress made in the struggle against landmines

The following is a statement issued jointly by members of the UN Mine Action Team on the occasion of the 2010 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.  Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Convention entered into force 11 years ago, there have been many signs of progress, more

UN provides help to relief efforts in flood-hit Haitian capital

United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian staff are helping with relief efforts in Haiti, where floods sparked by torrential rains earlier this week have killed at least 10 people in the capital, Port-au-Prince. At least four neighbourhoods of the city – Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas and Pétion- more

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UN responds to Indonesia volcano and earthquake emergencies

An elderly woman awaits assistance at an evacuation centre for those displaced by the Mount Merapi volcano in central Java. Photo: © Contributor/IRINJakarta - Following an invitation from the Government of Indonesia for assistance from international organizations present in Indonesia, the Unite more

UNDP Administrator reflects on Haiti, addresses Executive Board

Earlier today UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addressed the first regular session of UNDP’s Executive Board. It was her third statement to the Board since becoming Administrator of UNDP last April. Miss Clark outlined UNDP’s continuing work on the interlinked agendas of climate more

UNDP Associate Administrator Grynspan Visits Haiti to Monitor Progress

Associate Administrator Grynspan talking to cash-for-work project managers in Port-Au-Prince Port-Au-Prince -- As Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), walked through the narrow streets of the municipality of Delmas, she remarked that m more

UNDP Colombia honored for work to build peace, end poverty

Washington—US Friends of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today presented its annual Julia V. Taft Award to the  UNDP Colombia Country Office in recognition of its vital work to end conflict and tackle poverty and inequality in the Latin American country. “I am proud of the work more

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UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas spotlights Horn of Africa food crisis

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, a more

UNDP Haiti receives award for "courage, commitment and teamwork"

Washington - The US Committee for UNDP presented its second annual Julia V. Taft Award to the UNDP Country Office in Haiti on April 29, 2010, in Washington, DC. The Award, named in memory of the first Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery, was presented in recognition o more

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UNDP remembers Sandy victims

On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the United States, UN officials are reminding the public not to forget the storm’s less documented Caribbean victims. Commemoration ceremonies will take place around the northeast USA today, particularly in New York, where Hurricane Sandy caus more