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

02 Jul 2012

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

07 Sep 2012

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

06 Sep 2012

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

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