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  • 19 Feb 2015
    2015: Many things could go well!

    This year is iconic, and has been branded as a year of opportunity. Like Y2K, it could be an annus mirabilis (year of miracles). UNDP can make a serious contribution: the Strategic Plan (2014-2017) is designed to chart the way forward in the major conferences ahead, and in the final definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • 16 Feb 2015
    As schools re-open in Liberia, UN Development Chief applauds national efforts to stop Ebola

    Cautioning that the Ebola crisis will not be over until there are zero cases, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark commended the Liberian Government and people for their ongoing efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak which has resulted in a sharp decline in the number of cases in the country.

  • 14 Feb 2015
    Innovative public-private partnerships are key to Post-2015 success

    UNDP goal, as we move into the post-2015 context, is to make use of innovative partnerships and tap into the expertise of the private sector.

  • 13 Feb 2015
    Ending insecurity in the Sahel requires a regional approach, says the UNDP

    “With chronic poverty, food insecurity worsened by climate shocks and conflicts, cross-border criminal activity and the heightened threat of terrorism, we need a new approach,” Ms. Sandhu-Rojon continued, speaking in Paris to the ministers of the interior and of security of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. “We must combine national and transnational interventions to address the situations of extreme vulnerability that the Sahelian populations confront,”

  • 13 Feb 2015
    Surviving Ebola and the road to early recovery

  • 13 Feb 2015
    Addicts get a new start in life in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    UNDP is supporting eight other centres across in Bosnia and Herzegovina and helping patients build closer bonds between friends and family for support.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

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