Australia commits more than $4 million to UNDP to support early recovery

12 Feb 2010

As part of UNDP's cash-for-work programme, workers remove rubble from the streets of Martissant, a suburb of Port-au-Prince close to the epicenter of the earthquake.
(Photo by Adam Rogers/UNDP)
New York — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd committed $4.5 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support Haiti’s recovery and UNDP’s global crisis prevention and recovery portfolio. Prime Minister Rudd announced the commitment during a meeting with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark today in Sydney, Australia.

Australia pledged to provide $2.5 million to UNDP’s cash-for-work programme, which provides short-term paid employment for the people of Haiti. They also pledged to give $2 million towards UNDP’s crisis prevention and recovery programmes to support their efforts to reduce the impact of natural disasters, help prevent armed conflicts, and assist in recovery from crises.

“Australia’s partnership with UNDP is essential to our organisation, and one which I look forward to strengthening further during my time as Administrator,” said Miss Clark. “I believe this is a mutually beneficial collaboration. UNDP is a key development partner in many countries where Australia is also dedicated to making an improvement in people’s lives.”

The Australian government said the combined $4.5 million investment reflects the strong partnership between Australia and UNDP, saying that under Helen Clark’s leadership, the UNDP has “a new sense of vigour, transparency and increased focus on the needs of the world’s poor.”

The government of Australia also committed to continuing to work with UNDP across its broad agenda, including promoting free and fair electoral processes, reforming justice systems, strengthening natural disaster management and improving environmental management.