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More than sixty countries renew commitments to boost disaster risk reduction globally

Sendai, Japan: The World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction, organized by Japan and the United Nations, concluded today calling for increased investment in disaster preparedness and recovery. The conference and its summary document contribute to the discussion on renewing the Hyogo Framewomore

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Act Now, Save Later: new UN social media campaign launched

Each dollar invested in disaster preparedness, saves seven dollars in recovery New York— A new social media campaign launched by two United Nations bodies calls on member states to boost funding for disaster preparedness in order to significantly reduce the often devastating economic impact that flomore

Preventing illegal flow of guns is key to reducing poverty

UNDP echoes the call for tougher measures to curb illicit small arms, reduce violence and give affected countries a better chance to overcome poverty. New York—As talks on curbing the illicit trade in small arms ended here Friday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mexico, Switzermore

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UNDP helping recovery efforts in flood-affected Niger

As humanitarian agencies mobilize emergency aid in support of the victims of Niger’s recent floods, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with UN agencies and the Government to assess needs and kick-start early recovery activities. Heavy rains and the exceptional increase in themore

DPRK needs immediate food aid following floods, says UN

Pyongyang  – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) needs immediate food assistance after torrential rains caused flooding between 18-29 July, according to a United Nations assessment. Access to clean water and health care also remain high priorities to avoid disease outbreaks. Almostmore

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Justice and security central to crisis recovery

New York - A new report states that security and the rule of law are essential to recovery from crisis situations. “We have seen around the world, that men and women affected by crisis in the first instance expect security,” said Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme, at themore

Khartoum Declaration fosters new cooperation

Khartoum - The Regional Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control concluded on May 23rd with the agreement of Sudan, Central African Republic,Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya to improve their cooperation and coordination through the creation of a regional mechanism that wmore

Nepal: Training promotes peace and gets political parties talking

Leadership training in Nepal is helping political factions engage with each other in a more productive manner as the country works to draft a new constitution and reconcile following its decade long civil war.   Over 250 leaders of political parties, human rights organisations, local peace commmore

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Sierra Leone: Saturday courts tackle gender-based violence

Freetown, Sierra Leone – Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone are having their day in court, as the judiciary now sits on Saturdays in a critical first step towards clearing an estimated 700-case backlog. In the year since their inception in February 2011 the Saturday courts hmore

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Afghanistan: UNDP highlights success stories in newly launched annual report

Kabul - Despite being confronted with major security challenges and a fragile political environment in Afghanistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) remains committed to improving the lives of Afghans, many still suffering following decades of war, recurrent natural disasters and a continuing cycmore