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Hurricane Sandy kills around 80 in the Caribbean, 1.8 million affected in Haiti

Port-au-Prince/New York - Hurricane Sandy, which ploughed through the Caribbean region before hitting the eastern coast of the United States, severely impacted several countries causing nearly 80 deaths: 60 in Haiti, 11 in Cuba, two in the Bahamas, two in the Dominican Republic and one in Jamaica. Smore

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UN humanitarian aid arrives in Cuba

Santiago de Cuba - The first flight carrying 40 tonnes of United Nations humanitarian aid for Hurricane Sandy-affected Cubans arrived today in the hardest-hit city of Santiago de Cuba in the eastern part of the country. The shipment includes essential items for hygiene and cooking, as well as schoomore

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Côte d’Ivoire trials could begin by end of year, minister says

Rule of Law reform also top priority in DRC New York—Prosecution of those charged in connection with massive post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire could start by the end of this year, Minister of Justice Loma Matto Cissé said today, adding that wide-ranging legal reforms are under way.  “We hmore

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Finally victims can explain in court what happened to them

Guatemala’s Attorney General discusses transitional justice challenges in her home country Those who deny the atrocities committed by both sides in Guatemala during that country’s 36 year civil war are among the biggest challenges to transitional justice for victims of the former regime, according more

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United Nations and partners commit to building disaster resilience

UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, convened a meeting of donors and other partners this week alongside the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, to commit to providing greater support for countries to prepare for and recover from more

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EU partners with UN to boost impact

New York – Assistance for the crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and stimulating ongoing action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, were high on the agenda at a meeting today between European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and United Nations Development Programme (UNDmore

Inclusive social contract is key to creating lasting systems in crisis, post-crisis countries, UNDP expert says

Washington — Broad national consultations play a key role in establishing governance and rule-of-law systems that will endure in countries emerging from conflicts and crises, according to a senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) expert. “Because we work in crisis areas, we are often present when a nmore

Famous Iraqi musician returns to Baghdad for peace concert

More than 2,000 people from every corner of Iraq came to Baghdad last week to hear world-famous Iraqi musician Nasseer Shamma mark International Day of Peace at a concert jointly organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Iraqi Ministry of Culture. Shamma, who plays the Oumore

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Haitian Prime Minister and NGO representatives, including Sean Penn, outline a new roadmap for Haiti

New York - Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and more than 50 national and international non-governmental organisation (NGO) representatives—including actor, director and activist Sean Penn—defined today a new roadmap to better coordinate the transition from Haiti’s humanitarian to a long-term more

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