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11th Match Against Poverty to kick off in Switzerland

Football legends and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane are set to kick off  the 11th annual Match Against Poverty on March 4th at 8:00PM CET in STADE DE SUISSE National Stadium in Bern, Switzerland. Proceeds raised from the soccer Match will help UNDP’s recovery efforts in tmore

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UNDP launches new programme to help communities recover from the violence in the Central African Republic

US$ 22 million still needed to finance recovery activities Bangui -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a comprehensive new programme to promote peace-building and recovery across the Central African Republic. Launched today in the capital Bangui, the two-year initiative,&nmore

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South Sudan: peace and reconciliation leaders call for an end to the fighting

Juba - The heads of South Sudan’s ethnically diverse peace and reconciliation institutions spoke jointly for the first time today, urging the country’s political leaders to immediately stop the fighting and put forward a peace plan. The three national bodies—representing the government, parliament, more

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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