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DPRK needs immediate food aid following floods, says UN

03 Aug 2012

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

06 Jun 2012

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

24 May 2012

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

13 Mar 2012

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

07 Mar 2012

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

27 Jun 2012

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

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$1.6 billion needed to help 18.7 million crisis-affected people in Sahel

19 Jun 2012

Geneva -The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched new and updated humanitarian appeals for the crisis-stricken Sahel region of West Africa. The combined request for the region now amounts to US$1.6 billion for food, nutrition, health services, sanitation and other urgent assistancemore

UN hosts the world premiere of ‘One Day on Earth’

19 Apr 2012

On 22 April 2012 – Earth Day - the feature length documentary film produced by One Day on Earth will be screened on the same day in over 170 countries worldwide, in collaboration with over 80 UNDP Country Offices. On the same day the New York world premiere will take place in the UN General Assembmore

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Landmine clearing efforts help boost Angola’s recovery

02 Apr 2012

Luanda, Angola – Angolans can now build infrastructure and farm crops more safely, as more than 870 million square metres of land have been cleared of mines since 2008. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has contributed to local efforts by training more than 1,000 demining specialists more

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Jordan first Arab country free of landmines

24 Apr 2012

Today, Jordan marked a historical milestone. It is the first country in the Middle East to meet the deadline set by the Ottawa Mine-Ban Treaty and declare itself free of landmines. The Northern Border Clearance Project, which celebrated its completion today, succeeded in clearing an estimated 136,0more