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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

UN in action in El Salvador: recovering from Hurricane Ida

San Salvador- The United Nations has sent a disaster assessment team to El Salvador and released a $50,000 cash grant to help the Central American country recover from last week’s torrential rainfall that caused massive flooding and triggered landslides, killing at least 140 people and dimore

UN issues Flash Appeal for flood-affected Sri Lanka

New York - The United Nations and its partners are to appeal tomorrow for US$51 million to meet the urgent needs of more than one million in Sri Lanka affected by widespread flooding. Torrential rain across the country’s eastern and central areas in the last week has caused more than 360,000 peoplemore

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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

UN officials applaud progress made in the struggle against landmines

The following is a statement issued jointly by members of the UN Mine Action Team on the occasion of the 2010 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.  Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Convention entered into force 11 years ago, there have been many signs of progress,more

UN provides help to relief efforts in flood-hit Haitian capital

United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian staff are helping with relief efforts in Haiti, where floods sparked by torrential rains earlier this week have killed at least 10 people in the capital, Port-au-Prince. At least four neighbourhoods of the city – Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas and Pétion-more

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UN responds to Indonesia volcano and earthquake emergencies

An elderly woman awaits assistance at an evacuation centre for those displaced by the Mount Merapi volcano in central Java. Photo: © Contributor/IRINJakarta - Following an invitation from the Government of Indonesia for assistance from international organizations present in Indonesia, the Unitemore

UNDP Administrator reflects on Haiti, addresses Executive Board

Earlier today UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addressed the first regular session of UNDP’s Executive Board. It was her third statement to the Board since becoming Administrator of UNDP last April. Miss Clark outlined UNDP’s continuing work on the interlinked agendas of climate more

UNDP Associate Administrator Grynspan Visits Haiti to Monitor Progress

Associate Administrator Grynspan talking to cash-for-work project managers in Port-Au-Prince Port-Au-Prince -- As Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), walked through the narrow streets of the municipality of Delmas, she remarked that mmore

UNDP Colombia honored for work to build peace, end poverty

Washington—US Friends of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today presented its annual Julia V. Taft Award to the  UNDP Colombia Country Office in recognition of its vital work to end conflict and tackle poverty and inequality in the Latin American country. “I am proud of the workmore