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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

Myanmar: UNDP survey shows food and income shortfalls

UNDP survey shows food and income shortfalls for cyclone-hit populationDaw Aung Khin Oo from Minbya Townshipshows her damaged house. (Photo: UNDP)Sittwe – Preliminary estimates from rapid assessments of villages in western Myanmar affected by Cyclone Giri last month show widespread destructimore

UNDP continues coordination in Haiti, will support elections

Port-au-Prince – During her third visit to Haiti following the devastating 12 January earthquake, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan met with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and visited an array of UNDP-supported recovery and development programmes in the capital and surroumore

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

Pakistan: Floods cause enormous damage and human need

Efforts to assess the full scale and extent of humanitarian need in Pakistan continue this weekend after two weeks of heavy rain and floods left more than 1,300 people dead and 14 million affected. As specialists in vulnerability assessment are dispatched to some of the worst hit and inaccessibmore

Kuwait contributes US$1 million to United Nations' work in Haiti

Funds will support UNDP rubble removal and job creation projects New York – The Government of Kuwait has contributed US$1 million to support the work of the United Nations in the Haiti post-earthquake recovery process. The money will go toward UNDP’s livelihood programme, specificallymore

International Women's Day Special: Faces of strength and courage

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Disaster preparation activities help avert crisis in Haiti

Families in Gonaives benefitedfrom the construction of 110 metresof riverbank. (Photo: UNDP) Haiti - On 5 November hurricane Tomas swept past with torrential rains and winds of up to 130 km/hr. In what could have resulted in another fatal scenario, turned out as a test affirming the positive more