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Concerns Iraq will not meet mine ban treaty obligations

01 Jul 2009

BAGHDAD – A joint UNICEF-UNDP report, released today with the Iraqi Ministry of Environment, raises concerns that Iraq is unable to meet its obligations under the Ottawa Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty. “After decades of war and conflict, Iraq has become one of the world’s most comore

Gaza update: UNDP begins to assess damages

27 Jan 2009

© UNDPUNDP, in its capacity as the coordinator of the UN Early Recovery team, has begun assessing the damage incurred from the 22 days of violence and is preparing a plan for reconstruction. UNDP is working closely with local municipalities, NGOs and the UN country team on the needs assessment.  Tmore

Farmers to receive compensation for damaged property in Gaza

26 Feb 2009

Jerusalem – The United Nations Development Programme and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement today allocating US$270 million for the restoration of the agricultural sector in Gaza.  The agreement consists of a compensation package to Palestinian farmers for property damaged durinmore

Big turnout for Iraqi provincial elections

02 Feb 2009

A voter casts his ballot in Fallujah. (Photo:ASWAT AL-IRAQ.)Baghdad – The vote for the provincial elections taking place in Iraq over the weekend saw a healthy turnout, due in large part to the successful media and voter outreach strategies of the Iraqi election authorities. “An impomore

UN assists flood victims in Ouagadougou

10 Sep 2009

The local authorities are still busy trying to count the number of people affected by the flood.  Zouarata Ouedraogo lost her house and belongings and came for the registration where she reports the status of her family (Photo: Kerstin Gosse/UNDP)“Early in the morning, water began to pour intomore

Providing identification papers in Sri Lanka

18 Sep 2009

On 18 May 2009 the Sri Lankan Government formally announced its military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its regaining of complete territorial control over Sri Lanka. The final weeks of the conflict resulted in an estimated 200,000 people fleeing the fighting. more

Behind the scenes: UNDP & the Discovery Channel's documentary

09 Dec 2009

These calm waters and peaceful tourist attractions in Phuket, Thailand, belie the devastation that took place here on December 26, 2004, when an Indian Ocean tsunami swept one-fifth of the way around the Earth. It killed more than one-quarter of a million people and affected over 2more

Five years later, the tsunami-affected teach the world how to build back better

21 Dec 2009

On December 26, 2004, no one was prepared for the gigantic seismic sea wave that ravished the coasts of 14 countries in Asia, killing nearly one-quarter of a million people and displacing more than 2 mimore

UNDP human development initiatives in the Arab World

22 Sep 2009

Photo: Dominique MarrStudents at Damascus University UNDP directed US$579 million in human development aid to the Arab region in 2008, an increase of 21 percent from the year before in a region that is experiencing a number of conflict and post-conflict recovery situations. Indeed, the bulk of thmore

UNDP in the occupied Palestinian territory

04 Nov 2009

Since 1978, UNDP's Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People has been implementing projects in the occupied Palestinian territory worth over US$600 million. more