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Supercities face high quake risk

New York – More than half of the world’s supercities, with populations of 2-15 million, are at future risk of being affected by nearby magnitude seven or greater earthquakes, warned Eric Calais, Haiti-based seismologist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A significant numbermore

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Cameroon community to return home after lake explosion

Nearly 1,700 people died in 1986 when Cameroon's Lake Nyos suddenly released deadly levels of carbon dioxide into the air, following a build-up of the gas in the lake. Another 10,000 people were uprooted and 3,000 heads of livestock were also lost. "I lost more than 21 members of my family and more

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UNDP help Lebanese women in conflict-worn communities

Beirut - More than 40 women’s cooperatives have formed small businesses across Lebanon to revitalize communities that were economically devastated by the 34-day conflict with Israel in 2006. Focusing on the well-being of women and wider communities in areas of Lebanon where some live on incomes as more

Liberia: Ivorian refugee needs outstrip aid

Monrovia -- With a sharp increase in the number of Ivorian refugees crossing into Liberia during recent weeks following Cote d’Ivoire’s political crisis which began in November last year, United Nations agencies have pointed to the increasing need for emergency shelter. More than half of the 75,000 more

UNDP calls for US$35.6 million to help Haitians recover

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for US$35.6 million for immediate recovery assistance in Haiti following Tuesday’s massive earthquake. Immediate responses will include the clearing of rubble and rehabilitating essential social infrastructures, such as street repmore

Schools for Peace project promotes valuable lessons in Philippines

"Schools for Peace" is part of UNDP Philippines' Act for Peace Programme aimed at promoting such values to children in Mindanao’s conflict areas. Philippines—Most know actor Robin Padilla as the former “Bad Boy” of Philippine cinema. But now many, particularly schmore

UNDP helps mine victims in Iraqi Kurdistan become independent

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – Every year an unknown number of Iraqis gets killed or maimed due to landmines and unexploded remnants of war, as their country is among the most contaminated with unexploded ordnance. One of the victims is Yahya Muhammed Taha, who stepped on a landmine and lost himore

Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar: One year on

VideoCyclone Nargis: One Year Anniversary | watch larger versionPhotos: After Cyclone NargisIt was a year ago today when Cyclone Nargis struck the coast of Myanmar, leaving a trail of unprecedented destruction: 140,000 lives were lost and the livelihoods of 2.4 million people were shattered.One yemore

High-Level Haiti Donors' Conference to be held

New York -- The United Nations and United States, in cooperation with the Haitian Government, will convene a high-level donors’ conference - ‘Towards a New Future in Haiti’ - on 31 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York to secure the financial resources necessary for Haiti’s recovery, and 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 Unitemore