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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

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

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

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

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

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

Women struggle for rights as Haiti recovers

The devastating January 12th earthquake hit hard at the Haitian women’s movement, taking the lives of a number of leading activists.  Prior to the earthquake, activists like Anne-Marie Coriolan, Myriam Merlais and Magalie Marcelin were advocating to reform the judiciary and to create an imore

UNDP Associate Administrator Grynspan Visits Haiti to Monitor Progress

Associate Administrator Grynspan talking to cash-for-work project managers in Port-Au-Prince Port-Au-Prince -- As Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), walked through the narrow streets of the municipality of Delmas, she remarked that mmore

New UN website gives access to real-time financial data

Discharged Maoist Army Combatants, part of the United Nations Peace Fund for Nepal, photo by UNICEF Today, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan launched the Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office Gateway. For the first time in UN history, UNDP is providing real-time financial transaction data to thmore

Colombia, bringing the death toll down

 (Photo: UNODC Columbia)Despite the heavy presence of paramilitary organizations in Colombia, they are only responsible for nine percent of all firearm-related homicides in the country. In 2008, around 77 percent of the 14,000 homicides involved civilians carrying firearms, while the remaining 14 more