Civilians march for peace in the Central African Republic

19 Dec 2013

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


Natural resource management vital to peace: UN

09 Dec 2013

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


Waste management for disease prevention a pressing need in Tacloban

27 Nov 2013

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


UN launches $301 million appeal for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

12 Nov 2013

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


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

11 Nov 2013

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


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

06 Nov 2013

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


UNDP remembers Sandy victims

29 Oct 2013

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

22 Oct 2013

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

As crises undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexist, says UNDP report

22 Oct 2013

Despite progress in preventing conflicts and disasters  last year, many countries still face chronic crises and often remain mired in poverty. "In many places around the world where conflicts and disasters escalated in 2012, we saw how crises can undermine development investment and causemore

UN Security Council adopts new resolution on women, peace and security

21 Oct 2013

A new Security Council resolution, passed unanimously on Friday at an open debate on women, peace and security, stresses that sustainable peace depends on simultaneous progress in political stability, security, development, human rights--including gender equality-- justice, and the rule of law. Heldmore