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UNDP calls for US$35.6 million to help Haitians recover

15 Jan 2010

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

09 Jan 2009

"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

03 Dec 2009

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

02 May 2009

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

29 Mar 2010

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

28 Oct 2010

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

Donors Conference to build back a "new Haiti," a Haiti transformed

31 Mar 2010

New York – Since the 12 January earthquake, UNDP has been playing a key role in the response to the crisis in Haiti. Acknowledging that only Haitians can rebuild Haiti again – and build it back better –, UNDP has been working with the Haitian Government and the international community to put jomore

Over US $5 billion pledged for Haiti's recovery

31 Mar 2010

Reconstruction of ‘a new, transformed Haiti’ begins United Nations member states and international partners pledged $5.3 billion for the next 18 months to begin Haiti’s path to long-term recovery from the January 12 earthquake. Over 150 countries and international organizations gathered March 31 at more

Survivors of Pakistan's flood lay foundations for new homes and lives

14 Dec 2010

Struggling to help her husband with a long-term respiratory illness when their wooden house was swept away by catastrophic flooding in the north of Pakistan, Gul Numa, over 80 years old, survived the initial weeks of August in a makeshift camp. Numa and her husband, Sayed Qalandar Shah, 90, were ammore

Fast Response Ignites Hope in Cyclone Ravaged Pacific Paradise

16 Mar 2010

Cook Islands -- Shortly after Cyclone Pat tore through Aitutaki, one of Cook Islands’ most popular tourist destinations, it became clear that quick action to rebuild homes and livelihoods was needed to head off another blow to its fragile economy. Aitutaki is one of the 15 islands that make upmore