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Door-to-door campaign reaches over half a million people in Sierra Leone’s deprived communities

30 Sep 2014

Freetown, Sierra Leone - Following a three-day national “stay at home” initiative to contain the spread of Ebola, Sierra Leone is pursuing an intensive door-to-door campaign in the capital Freetown to educate people on how the virus spreads and what to do to prevent it. Initiated last week, and led more

International Forum Calls for Focus on Disaster Recovery

10 Sep 2014

September 10, 2014, Washington D.C. – Globally, natural disasters have caused damages of nearly $4 trillion over the past 30 years—and the frequency and intensity of these powerful storms, droughts and earthquakes continue to rise. Leaders from developing countries, civil society, private sector andmore

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Early warning systems protect farmers and fishermen

27 Aug 2014

In some places, climate change may appear in subtle ways. Not so in São Tomé and Príncipe, where climate change brings severe and dangerous weather conditions. Storm surges, torrential rains, flash floods, and increasing fog and wind have created hazardous conditions for fishermen and farmers alike.more

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Protecting displaced people in South Sudan

19 Aug 2014

Peter Gatkuoth Biel, has been elected to represent people displaced by the conflict in South Sudan – at a United Nations-run camp in Juba. He casts a concerned look at the hundreds of women, men and children who have gathered in his compound. There are more than 14,000 in the camp, and the burgeoninmore

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UNDP steps up Ebola fight in Liberia as UN issues programme to tackle national emergency

11 Aug 2014

USD 33 million are needed to help UN agencies to tackle the disease Issuing a comprehensive joint programme, the United Nations system in Liberia today said up to USD 33 million  were needed to support Liberia’s national response to the Ebola disease. The appeal aims to cover a vast number ofmore

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Ebola could set back development, says UN

07 Aug 2014

The UN says action will be needed to protect vulnerable communities and their development achievements from the potential long-term effects of Ebola in West Africa. Declared an international emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), the largest ever outbreak of the disease has now claimed hmore

Strengthening rule of law key to ending crises in CAR and South Sudan

29 May 2014

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on international donors to bolster justice, security and rule of law for countries in conflict, singling out both South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) for immediate attention. “To end cycles of violent conflict, tecmore

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Six months since Haiyan, Konno donates money for Philippine rebuilding

08 May 2014

Japanese actress and writer Misako Konno has donated 1 million yen (approximately US$ 10,200) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help rebuild the Philippines following devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The announcement comes on the six month anniversary of the disaster, which killed ovmore

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Six months since Haiyan: A promising start to recovery in the Philippines

08 May 2014

Six months ago on 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the most deadly storm to ever make landfall in the country and strongest tropical cyclone in history, killed more than 6,200 people and left over 4 million homeless. More than 1,000 are still missing. Haiyan hit an area where poverty is already premore

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Chile: UNDP helps rebuild fire-hit Valparaiso

24 Apr 2014

Santiago , Chile – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Chile Antonio Molpeceres and the mayor of the city of Valparaiso Jorge Castro signed a an agreement on April 23 to boost disaster risk reduction and revamp the city’s development plan, following a deadly fire that killmore