Projects and Initiatives

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Preparing airports for disasters

Swamped officials, back-logged visa requests, mountains of lifesaving supplies and throngs of people with nowhere to go - in the face of disaster, most airports look very much alike. And especially for humanitarian relief workers, scenes of chaos and mayhem are all too familiar. Whether it's after T more

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Rebuilding Haiti

Haiti, four years later Since the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010 that killed more than 200 000 people, damaged or destroyed more than 300,000 buildings and left 1.5 million people displaced from their homes, UNDP has been working with the Haitian government to help communities to rebuild, more

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El Salvador: An early example of peacebuilding

The armed conflict that raged in El Salvador from the late 1970s through the 1980s ended in 1992 with the Chapultepec Peace Accords. In the ensuing years, UNDP helped to rebuild institutions and address the underlying causes of post-conflict societal violence. Despite this progress, the consolidati more

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Jamaica: Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy touched down in Kingston on 24 October, excessive winds left more than 70 percent of the population without electricity, killed one person and forced more than 1,000 into shelters. As the storm moved across the island, an estimated US$ 100 million worth of infrastructure, includ more

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Quake Awareness in Uzbekistan Given a Shake-Up

In Uzbekistan, a country sometimes prone to catastrophic seismic events, a UNDP project is raising awareness about the risk to ordinary people while strengthening emergency response capacity. In the country’s historic capital, Tashkent, memories of the 26 April 1966 earthquake, one of Uzbekistan’s more