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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

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Northern Uganda: Peace and incomes help to boost recovery

20 Apr 2012

In the six years since the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group was driven out of the country, the improved security in northern Uganda is enabling tens of thousands of conflict-affected people to rebuild their lives by earning incomes from small businesses, and gaining access to land for agricumore

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Cluster munitions maim and kill Iraqis every day

10 Nov 2010

Iraq - Every year hundreds of Iraqis are killed or maimed by cluster munitions and landmines, due to Iraq’s contamination of millions of explosive remnants of war (ERW). According to Iraqi figures, the contamination claimed 14,000 victims between 1991 and 2007, while in the three Kurdish governoratemore

UNDP results in Afghanistan

23 Nov 2010

Over 50 years of experience working in Afghanistan, through crisis and peace.During these years, UNDP's mission has been one of building, rebuilding and improving both physical and institutional infrastructure.Since the 2001 Bonn Conference, UNDP has provided assistance in support of the internatmore

UNDP responds to Pakistan floods, plans for recovery

30 Aug 2010

Displaced people fleeing Sindh try to salvage their livestock. Photo: Abdul Majeed Goraya (IRIN) The United Nations system is continuing to save lives and lay the foundations for Pakistan's recovery as the floodwaters start to recede, exposing the large smore

UNDP sets foundation for long-term recovery in Gaza

02 Mar 2009

At the International Conference on the Palestinian Economy and Gaza Reconstruction, UN Under Secretary-General and UNDP Administrator, a.i., Ad Melkert called for more funding to rebuild the Gaza Strip."Long-term economic prospects and lasting social progress and stability depend upon the will more

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UNDP helps Pacific nations avert tsunami impacts

24 Mar 2011

Bangkok -- Within five minutes of receiving alerts about a possible tsunami from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan on 11 March, more than 120,000 of an exposed coastal community in the Philippines, 2,000 kilometres south, were put on stand-by. While the Philippines’ promore

Haiti: UNDP maps earth's shifts to rebuild city on safer grounds

18 Mar 2011

UNDP seismologist Eric Calais shows the seismic mapof Port-au-Prince (Photo: UNDP Haiti)Port-au-Prince – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed to the Haitian government a map of seismic hotspots in Port-au-Prince showing which zones are most susceptible to seismic shaking&more

Haiti elections: cell phones and internet to facilitate voter turnout

18 Mar 2011

Port-au-Prince - In preparation for Haiti’s second round of presidential and legislative elections this Sunday 20 March, the United Nations Development Programme is disseminating information to voters using text messages, a revamped website as well as activating a voter hotline. Since more thamore