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Famine in Somalia may be over, but 2.3 million people still in crisis

Nairobi, Kenya  – The combination of a  massive scale-up in humanitarian assistance and an exceptional harvest have helped relieve famine conditions in Somalia, but interrupting assistance risks these gains, according to analysis released today by the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Fmore

Brazil gives $300,000 to support elections in Haiti

  Port-au-Prince - The Government of Brazil  contributed an additional  US$300,000 to UNDP to support the second round of legislative and presidential elections which will take place on March 20th throughout Haiti.   H. E. Antonio Patriota,  Brazilian Minister for&nmore

Private sector crucial in Haiti's reconstruction

Rio de Janeiro – The private sector has a crucial role to play in Haiti’s recovery from the devastating 2010 earthquake, said Rebeca Grynspan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, speaking today at the 2011 World Economic Forum on Latin America. “Micro, small and medmore

Rwanda: Women helping lead country’s transformation

The people of Rwanda have been working tirelessly to put their country’s tumultuous past behind them, paving the way towards a more promising future where peace and stability are helping transform the country into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Yet in this East African country – borderemore

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Timor-Leste: UNDP boosts electoral institutions’ ability to ensure peaceful polls

As Timorese went to the polls 7 July to vote in parliamentary elections it became clear that there has been a lot of progress in strengthening the country’s electoral system in the past years. The recent parliamentary elections and the two rounds of presidential polls, earlier this year, took place more

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South Sudan one year after independence: Land titles helping to reintegrate communities

With the return of nearly 400,000 South Sudanese to the northern states of their homeland since October 2011, overcrowding in urban areas has put pressure on already weak public utilities, while disputes over land have contributed to inter-communal conflict in rural areas. To proactively address thmore

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South Sudan one year after independence: Increasing non-oil revenues

The majority of South Sudan’s 10 states have boosted revenue collection by more than 100 percent after setting up functioning state revenue authorities with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This is part of an effort to put in place a more effective and efficient nationamore

More than sixty countries renew commitments to boost disaster risk reduction globally

Sendai, Japan: The World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction, organized by Japan and the United Nations, concluded today calling for increased investment in disaster preparedness and recovery. The conference and its summary document contribute to the discussion on renewing the Hyogo Framewomore

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Act Now, Save Later: new UN social media campaign launched

Each dollar invested in disaster preparedness, saves seven dollars in recovery New York— A new social media campaign launched by two United Nations bodies calls on member states to boost funding for disaster preparedness in order to significantly reduce the often devastating economic impact that flomore

Preventing illegal flow of guns is key to reducing poverty

UNDP echoes the call for tougher measures to curb illicit small arms, reduce violence and give affected countries a better chance to overcome poverty. New York—As talks on curbing the illicit trade in small arms ended here Friday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mexico, Switzermore