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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

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Disaster-Conflict Interface: One Abets the Other, but 'Governance is a Key Enabler'

GENEVA—Disasters and conflicts frequently occur together, often devastating countries that are least able to sustain them, but good governance can speed recovery and lessen the likelihood of recurrence, according to a new UNDP study. “In most instances, the disaster-conflict interface increased the more

Displaced Georgians rebuilding livelihoods with UNDP assistance

Some 30,000 Georgians remain displaced more than one year after a five-day armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in August, 2008. UNDP is leading the way in working with the Georgia Government to provide long-term crisis recovery efforts that focus not just on providing people with basic neces more

Donors Conference to build back a "new Haiti," a Haiti transformed

New York – Since the 12 January earthquake, UNDP has been playing a key role in the response to the crisis in Haiti. Acknowledging that only Haitians can rebuild Haiti again – and build it back better –, UNDP has been working with the Haitian Government and the international community to put jo more

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EU partners with UN to boost impact

New York – Assistance for the crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and stimulating ongoing action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, were high on the agenda at a meeting today between European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and United Nations Development Programme (UND more

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Earthquake preparedness works, Indonesians show

Banda Aceh, Indonesia - When a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Aceh province in the northern tip of Indonesia on 10 January there was no damage or casualty—a very different situation compared to seven years earlier when a devastating quake and tsunami killed more than 230,000 people across more

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Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Geneva/New York/Nairobi – Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, says a UN report, “Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Po more

Ending violence against women helps achieve development goals

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions – in all continents. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime. The International Day for the Elimina more

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Ethiopian crop yields to get boost from UNDP, Gates Foundation

As the United Nations steps up efforts to respond to a drought and food crisis across parts of the Horn of Africa, an initiative to double Ethiopia’s crop yields during the next five years will receive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Founda more

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 F more