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IDB and UNDP agree to deepen cooperation

The Islamic Development Bank signed a three-year agreement Friday with the United Nations Development Programme to deepen the long-standing collaboration between the two organizations.  The statement of intent, on disaster recovery and reduction,  was signed by UNDP Administrator Helen Cla more

In Focus: Haiti

Earthquake in Haiti Donate: UN Foundation  Map: Earthquake damage | Population exposure Hotline for UN staff: +1 212 963 4139 Latest News Images of earthquake relief more

In Peru, restoring houses prevents disasters and preserves landmarks

An antique villa courtyard in Rimac converted into poor urban settlement for the poor. (Photo: Lorry Salcedo) In Peru about half a million people dwell in slums enclosed within historical architectural gems. In downtown Lima, UNESCO heritage site and once S more

Inclusive social contract is key to creating lasting systems in crisis, post-crisis countries, UNDP expert says

Washington — Broad national consultations play a key role in establishing governance and rule-of-law systems that will endure in countries emerging from conflicts and crises, according to a senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) expert. “Because we work in crisis areas, we are often present when a n more

Indonesia: Support for tsunami early warning systems

New York- For the hundreds of volunteers gathered on 14 October 2009 in Aceh, the Indonesian province devastated by the 2004 tsunami, the exercise must have been unsettling for some. But as the alarms sounded and crowds began to flee the coast, participants in IOWave09, a region-wide early-warni more

International Women's Day Special: Faces of strength and courage

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International experience shows that peace is possible in Colombia

Bogota  – More than one thousand civil society representatives and dozens of international experts kicked off a three-day forum today aiming to involve Colombia’s society in the peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP, in the Spanish acronym). The Forum organized b more

Investing in Haitian Women

Since the 12 January 2010 earthquake, UNDP has been playing a key role in the response to the crisis in Haiti. Acknowledging that only Haitians can rebuild their country again— and build it back better— UNDP has put job creation at the centre of all its recovery activities in the c more

Iraq: Judicial security reforms take aim at gender-based violence

Baghdad – As it fights to improve security in the country as a whole, the Government of Iraq is also advancing a series of gender-related rule-of-law programmes to enhance protections for women in particular, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Women in Iraq have no more

Jamaica recovers from May 2010 outbreak of armed violence

By Sonia Gill, UNDP Jamaica Photo: UNDP in JamaicaPolice cordon a Kingston building damaged during May violence.Kingston, Jamaica – More than 65 civilians died during operations to halt a wave of violent attacks in Jamaica’s capital Kingston in May as security forces pursued Christo more