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Haiti: Four years later, quake-affected communities at the centre of development efforts

Four years after the 2010 earthquake, enormous efforts have been made to help the country recover and improve the lives of Haitians in the affected neighbourhoods. More than 80 percent of the 10 million cubic meters of debris generated by the earthquake have been cleared from the streets of Port-au-more

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U.N. to scale up aid and peacekeeping in South Sudan

Aid agencies are preparing to scale up their work in key locations across South Sudan, as continuing clashes kill hundreds and drive tens of thousands from their homes, while the UN is urging all forces to lay down their arms. On 24 December, the U.N. Security Council authorized almost doubling themore

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Civilians march for peace in the Central African Republic

United Nations field representatives joined a youth-led march for peace this morning in Bangui, the capital. “We want to express our desire to restore the harmony that has always existed between Christians and Muslims in this country,” a participant said. Since 5 December 2013, the outbreak of violemore

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Natural resource management vital to peace: UN

Geneva/ New York/ Nairobi, 9 December 2013 States, intergovernmental organizations and other partners need to step up efforts to better integrate natural resource management into post-conflict reintegration programmes, according to a new UN report. The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demomore

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Waste management for disease prevention a pressing need in Tacloban

Tacloban, Philippines—The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting local authorities in Tacloban to resume safe disposal of growing piles of municipal solid waste which has become a public health concern in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). "Municipal solid waste has bemore

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UN launches $301 million appeal for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

The United Nations today appealed for nearly a third of a billion dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are labouring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and basic medicines.more

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Philippines: UN releases US$25 million to fund emergency response

The United Nations today announced an emergency allocation of US$25 million to fund critical relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which carved a trail of destruction across the Central Philippines on 8 November. Speaking at a press briefing in New York today, OCHA’s Director of Operamore

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Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Geneva/New York/Nairobi – Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, says a UN report, “Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Pomore

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UNDP remembers Sandy victims

On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the United States, UN officials are reminding the public not to forget the storm’s less documented Caribbean victims. Commemoration ceremonies will take place around the northeast USA today, particularly in New York, where Hurricane Sandy causmore

Women peace activists in Asia take center stage at UNDP gala award event

UNDP honored eight Asian peace activists from conflict countries at its third annual N-Peace awards ceremony that was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 October. The N-Peace Awards spotlight women who demonstrate leadership in building peace, and men who work with women for gender equality. This high-lmore