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  • 05 Dec 2013
    First-ever visit by a UNDP Administrator to Namibia

    Helen Clark assured national authorities of the organization’s strong support to the country, at a time when it’s facing the most debilitating drought in its history.

  • 12 Nov 2013
    UN launches $301 million appeal for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

    The United Nations today appealed for nearly a third of a billion dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are labouring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and basic medicines.

  • 11 Nov 2013
    Philippines: UN releases US$25 million to fund emergency response

    The United Nations today announced an emergency allocation of US$25 million to fund critical relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which carved a trail of destruction across the Central Philippines on 8 November.

  • 07 Nov 2013
    Ecuador Yasuni ITT Trust Fund contributions to be fully reimbursed

    On 2 September the Government of Ecuador formally notified the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that it had brought the Yasuní ITT initiative to an end. Subsequently, on 8 October the Trust Fund’s Steering Committee agreed that the Trust Fund would reimburse all contributions received. The Yasuní ITT Trust Fund Steering Committee is responsible for the strategic focus and supervision of the Fund, and is composed of representatives from the Government of Ecuador, contributing governments, and Ecuadorian civil society.

  • 06 Nov 2013
    Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

    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 Potential”, released today.

  • 06 Nov 2013
    Helen Clark visits the United Arab Emirates

    UNDP Administrator completed a three day visit to the United Arab Emirates focused on the country’s work on sustainable development and climate change, development co-operation, and logistical support to facilitate humanitarian efforts.

  • 30 Oct 2013
    Seeking a common roadmap on the Post-2015 Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean

    As an endorsement of the Millennium Declaration principles, such as poverty eradication, respect to human rights, environmental sustainability and peace and security, a new post-2015 agenda will come about in the next two years that will guide world leaders through a new global development framework.

  • 29 Oct 2013
    UNDP remembers Sandy victims

    On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the United States, UN officials are reminding the public not to forget the storm’s less documented Caribbean victims.

  • 25 Oct 2013
    Madagascar votes in bid to revive democracy

    Nearly 8 million people in Madagascar were expected to vote for a new president, in an election postponed several times and widely expected to break the country’s five-year political impasse.

  • 22 Oct 2013
    As crises undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexist, says UNDP report

    Despite progress in preventing conflicts and disasters last year, many countries still face chronic crises and often remain mired in poverty.

  • 22 Oct 2013
    Women peace activists in Asia take center stage at UNDP gala award event

    UNDP honored eight Asian peace activists from conflict countries at its third annual N-Peace awards ceremony that was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 October. The N-Peace Awards spotlight women who demonstrate leadership in building peace, and men who work with women for gender equality.

  • 21 Oct 2013
    UN Security Council adopts new resolution on women, peace and security

    A new Security Council resolution, passed unanimously on Friday at an open debate on women, peace and security, stresses that sustainable peace depends on simultaneous progress in political stability, security, development, human rights--including gender equality-- justice, and the rule of law.

  • 18 Oct 2013
    UNA-UK releases development publication “Leaving no one behind”

    In the wake of the 25 September UN General Assembly's Special Event towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations Association–UK released the publication “Global Development Goals: Leaving No One Behind” to inspire discussions and actions on international development around the world.

  • 16 Oct 2013
    UN Secretary-General appoints Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Special Coordinator of the OPCW-United Nations Joint Mission

    New York --United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations Joint Mission to eliminate the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic. The appointment has been made in close consultations with OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü.

  • 08 Oct 2013
    Parliamentarians and youth leaders push for greater political participation by Latin American youth

    More than 22 parliamentarians from 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries met this week in Brasilia to breathe new life into efforts to enhance political participation by the youth of the region. The forum, “Youth and political participation in decision-making” took place on October 1-3 in Brasilia . It brought together political leaders and lawmakers from across the political spectrum - Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Costa Rica to Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay, not to mention young men and women from the region.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    Seoul Conference puts focus on the ‘how’ of post-2015 development goals

    International experts tackled how new global development goals can best end poverty and protect the planet at a conference co-hosted by UNDP and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul.

  • 03 Oct 2013
    Victims of conflict have a right to justice: UNDP

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on UN Member States to grant victims of conflict and human rights abuses a stronger voice and better representation when it comes to accessing justice and reparations.

  • 02 Oct 2013
    Foundations and civil society organizations convene during UN Week to advance Post 2015 development agenda

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were at the heart of discussions on 27 September, as various stakeholders met at the Ford Foundation in New York to discuss how philanthropies and their civil society partners can contribute to the future development agenda, to be renewed in 2015.

  • 25 Sep 2013
    The Role for Anti-corruption and Governance: Looking to 2015 and Beyond

    Making anti-corruption policies part of daily life and create more accountability at national and international levels were at the core of a global panel discussion this morning, held alongside the 68th United Nations General Assembly.

  • 25 Sep 2013
    60 countries join Social Good Summit

    As the three-day Social Good Summit came to a close, UNDP’s global network of country offices held an unprecedented number of meetups around the worldwide.