Bangladesh: New homes for Cyclone Sidr victims

In November 2007, Cyclone Sidr tore through the coast of Bangladesh, killing almost 4,000 people, leaving millions homeless and destroying the livestock, crops, farming equipment and fishing boats essential for people’s livelihoods. In the days and weeks that followed Sidr’s destructiomore

Bangladesh: UN Development chief highlights anti-poverty progress

UN Development Chief Highlights Bangladesh Anti-Poverty Progress and Climate Change ActionsUNDP Administrator Helen Clark (seated in front row, fourth from right) is in Bangladesh to highlight the country’s progress  in achieving development goals.(Photo: UNDP)Dhaka – United Nations Demore

Behind the scenes: UNDP & the Discovery Channel's documentary

These calm waters and peaceful tourist attractions in Phuket, Thailand, belie the devastation that took place here on December 26, 2004, when an Indian Ocean tsunami swept one-fifth of the way around the Earth. It killed more than one-quarter of a million people and affected over 2more

Big turnout for Iraqi provincial elections

A voter casts his ballot in Fallujah. (Photo:ASWAT AL-IRAQ.)Baghdad – The vote for the provincial elections taking place in Iraq over the weekend saw a healthy turnout, due in large part to the successful media and voter outreach strategies of the Iraqi election authorities. “An impomore

Boosting voter interest in the Afghanistan elections

Kabul – Increasing voter turnout and ensuring a relative level of security are the main challenges for the upcoming elections scheduled to take place in Afghanistan on August 20.  Margie Cook manages UNDP’s election initiative – Enhancing legal and electoral capacity for tomorrow (more

Brazil and Mozambique team up on small arms reduction

A common challenge, a common language and a common solution: South-South cooperation for improved firearms control in MozambiqueWhen Mozambique’s civil war ended in 1992, the government vowed to rid the country of small firearms. Although successful campaigns secured more than 260,500 guns fmore

Brazil gives $300,000 to support elections in Haiti

  Port-au-Prince - The Government of Brazil  contributed an additional  US$300,000 to UNDP to support the second round of legislative and presidential elections which will take place on March 20th throughout Haiti.   H. E. Antonio Patriota,  Brazilian Minister for&nmore

Brazil, UNDP agree on project to support public health in Haiti

United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark and Brazil’s Minister of Health José Gomes Temporão signed an agreement yesterday for a joint project to strengthen public health and tracking of infectious diseases in Haiti. The Memorandum of Understanding, signedmore

Building back better in Bangladesh

In 2007, Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, a densely populated developing country that is buffeted by increasingly worse cyclones, floods and monsoons. Sidr brought Bangladesh’s river delta region to its knees, killing 3,363 people and damaging or destroying the homes of 1.5 million families. A jmore