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  • 10 Feb 2015
    Eradicating exclusion key to ending the violence in CAR, says UNDP

    Massive investments are required to bridge the social divide in CAR, said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Head of the Africa bureau at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 09 Feb 2015
    Early recovery key to Malawi flood victim’s survival

    Malawi is regularly hit by floods and droughts. This requires emergency responses of varying size each year. This year, according to the UN News Service, flooding has caused displacement of over 170,000 people, while an estimated 116,000 households have lost their crops and livestock.

  • 06 Feb 2015
    2015 Human Development Report: Rethinking work for human development

    Work is the means for unleashing human potential, creativity, innovation and spirits. It is essential to make human lives productive, worthwhile and meaningful. It enables people to earn a living, gives them a means to participate in society, provides them with security and gives them a sense of dignity. Work is thus inherently and intrinsically linked to human development.

  • 06 Feb 2015
    How do we tell the story of Disaster Risk Reduction?

    Capturing the work of disaster risk reduction (DRR) is difficult in the best of times. This isn't helped by the fact that a lot of what UNDP does is behind the scenes, governance-type work. Explaining the nuances of pre-disaster DRR can be challenging.

  • 03 Feb 2015
    From displaced people to micro-entrepreneurs in Colombia

    The Suppliers Development Programme (SDP), initiated in 2012 with the support of several agencies of the Colombian Government, seeks to promote economic inclusion while improving the competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies.

  • 02 Feb 2015
    UN stepping up humanitarian efforts in Malawi’s flood-hit areas

    The United Nations, working with a wide range of partners on the ground, has stepped up its support to the Government of Malawi as it works to save lives and bring food, medicine and other vital supplies to flood-affected areas.

  • 27 Jan 2015
    What can be done to ensure global agreements include and are relevant to Small Island Developing States?

    In this year, 2015, when so many global development processes are coming to a head, including efforts to define and mobilize financing for development, agree a new disaster risk reduction framework in Sendai, and adopt the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, as well as a new climate change agreement in Paris under the UNFCCCC, the question to be asked is for SIDS is, what can be done to ensure that these global agreements include, and are relevant to SIDS, their size, circumstances and capacities?

  • 26 Jan 2015
    126 million additional funding announced to fight HIV in Zimbabwe

    A new agreement reached in Zimbabwe by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is set to provide a major boost in the fight against HIV and AIDs in the country, which is among the hardest hit by the virus in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • 26 Jan 2015
    2015 a ‘Once in a Generation Opportunity’ for Sustainable Development

    “At UNDP, we see 2015 as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda,” said Helen Clark at the opening session of UNDP’s Executive Board meeting in New York. “The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire at the end of this year and UN Member States will meet in September to agree on the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years.”

  • 23 Jan 2015
    How can we save the world’s forests?

    Conserving the world’s forests is critical to climate change mitigation. While forests absorb carbon dioxide, when cleared or degraded they become a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • 21 Jan 2015
    Ebola recovery assessment mission kicks off in Sierra Leone

    A multi-party mission to assess support needed for long-term recovery in the three countries in West Africa hardest hit by Ebola kicked off in Sierra Leone today.

  • 20 Jan 2015
    Climate change and inequalities: How will this impact women?

    Of all the impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels to landslides and flooding, one does not get the attention it deserves: exacerbation of inequalities, particularly for women.

  • 16 Jan 2015
    Ebola epidemic dramatically halting social and economic development in West Africa, says UNDP report

    A new study on the socio-economic impact of the Ebola disease in West Africa published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shows that Ebola will have a lasting impact on the economies and people of the countries worst affected – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • 07 Jan 2015
    Ebola: Recovery needs to start now

    The social and economic impact of the Ebola crisis will be felt up to a decade after the disease has been eradicated. While we must continue to focus on stopping the epidemic, treating the sick and preventing new outbreaks, it is critical that the international community works together to help the three countries recover.

  • 18 Dec 2014
    UN and partners launch major aid plans for Syria and region

    As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over $8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015.

  • 16 Dec 2014
    The SDC is contributing to the Cuban Initiative for Comprehensive Local Development (PADIT)

    The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) become the main partner of the "Framework Programme for Coordinated Platforms for Sustainable Comprehensive Local Development in Cuba" (PADIT), with the support of USD 5 million deriving from an agreement between the Government of Cuba and the UNDP.

  • 12 Dec 2014
    Is a world without poverty possible?

    The world has reached the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day five years ahead of the 2015 deadline. However, China, India, Brazil, Mexico and the prosperous rise of some African nations contrast with the rest of Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, with close to half of its population still extremely poor. We need to understand why close to one billion people have been left out of the process.

  • 12 Dec 2014
    Collaboration must be at the heart of climate action and sustainable development

    We have unprecedented opportunities – now and in 2015 – to strengthen co-operation on tackling climate change. On the one hand current climate change talks in Lima should advance negotiations on the new global climate deal, to be agreed in Paris at the end of 2015. On the other hand, discussions are currently taking place at the UN in New York for a “post-2015” development agenda, in which tackling environmental degradation will be prominent. Also, at Sendai in Japan next March, the UN 3rd World Conference on Disaster Reduction will address issues directly related to adaptation to climate change.

  • 10 Dec 2014
    New study highlights need to scale up violence prevention efforts globally

    The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence. The report is jointly published by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

  • 10 Dec 2014
    Switzerland and UNDP partner to support FATA’s displaced people

    Matthias Weingart, the director of Cooperation Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, UNDP Pakistan country director, signed an agreement for US$1.05 million to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the IDP hosting communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.