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  • 19 Jun 2012
    $1.6 billion needed to help 18.7 million crisis-affected people in Sahel

    Geneva -The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched new and updated humanitarian appeals for the crisis-stricken Sahel region of West Africa.

  • 18 Jun 2012
    Genocide courts finish work in milestone for Rwanda’s healing

    Rwanda formally closed the Gacaca community courts today, after 10 years of prosecution of those accused in the 1994 genocide.

  • 24 May 2012
    Khartoum Declaration fosters new cooperation

    Khartoum - The Regional Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control concluded on May 23rd with the agreement of Sudan, Central African Republic,Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya to improve their cooperation and coordination through the creation of a regional mechanism that will aim to control, manage and safeguard against the proliferation of small arms and illegal trafficking of weapons.

  • 14 May 2012
    New jobs help Kenyans to fight hunger, food shortages

    The people of Namelok in Kenya's Amboseli region have had to learn to adapt to change. They are ethnic Maasai and traditionally keep livestock, but successive droughts have decimated many of their animals, so they broke with tradition and now cultivate tomatoes, maize and beans.

  • 13 May 2012
    UNDP Chief visits IT incubation centre in Kenya

    Africa is buzzing with innovative ideas, and some of them might just need the right space to develop and become a reality.

  • 08 May 2012
    UNDP congratulates Goodwill Ambassadors Casillas, Zidane, Drogba

    Iker Casillas, Didier Drogba and Zinédine Zidane – all UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors for the fight against poverty and the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals – recently made UNDP proud on the pitch last week.

  • 20 Apr 2012
    Northern Uganda: Peace and incomes help to boost recovery

    In the six years since the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group was driven out of the country, the improved security in northern Uganda is enabling tens of thousands of conflict-affected people to rebuild their lives by earning incomes from small businesses, and gaining access to land for agriculture.

  • 02 Apr 2012
    Landmine clearing efforts help boost Angola’s recovery

    Luanda, Angola – Angolans can now build infrastructure and farm crops more safely, as more than 870 million square metres of land have been cleared of mines since 2008.

  • 16 Mar 2012
    UN Secretary General urges peaceful vote in Guinea Bissau

    The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the people of Guinea Bissau to ensure a peaceful election as voters go to the polls this Sunday to choose a new president.

  • 07 Mar 2012
    Sierra Leone: Saturday courts tackle gender-based violence

    Freetown, Sierra Leone – Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone are having their day in court, as the judiciary now sits on Saturdays in a critical first step towards clearing an estimated 700-case backlog.

  • 27 Feb 2012
    Zambia: Olympic Movement gives US$ 50,000 for youth sports and conservation efforts

    Lusaka – International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge on Saturday contributed USD 50,000 towards a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported initiative that engages Zambian youth in sports activities while promoting conservation of the environment.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    Women call for peaceful elections in Senegal

    Dakar, Senegal – To coincide with presidential polls, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting women leaders in Senegal as they work with political parties and community groups to promote a peaceful election process.

  • 18 Feb 2012
    UN development chief says conflict often driven by poverty

    Agadez - On the last day of her visit to Niger, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark traveled to the ancient city of Agadez where armed rebellions in the 1990s led to a period marked by violence and instability, resulting in increased poverty and vulnerability for the population.

  • 03 Feb 2012
    South Sudan: UNDP Board approves first ever country programme for new state

    In yet another milestone for the world’s newest country, South Sudan has its own first ever United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) plan crafted together with the new government, and approved by the organisation’s governing board last night.

  • 16 Jan 2012
    UNDP chief pledges to support Guinea’s political transition

    Conakry - Wrapping up her three day visit to Guinea, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark reiterated UNDP’s support to the west African country’s political transition and urged the authorities to finalize plans for legislative elections.

  • 14 Dec 2011
    South Sudan services must reach women and girls, UNDP chief says

    Washington — The world’s newest country has made progress in delivering social services since it declared independence in July, but South Sudan has much work ahead and needs international support, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said.

  • 12 Dec 2011
    UNDP invests in livelihoods to ease tensions in northern Kenya

    With the famine in Somalia sparking an increased flow of refugees into neighbouring Kenya, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is scaling up its programmes to help improve the living conditions in the northern part of the country.

  • 09 Dec 2011
    UN helping South African communities to access sustainable energy

    Durban - UN agencies and the South African government unveiled this week a pilot project that provides communities outside of Durban with access to clean energy.

  • 08 Dec 2011
    Ethiopia launches strategy for low-emission climate resilient development

    Durban, 8 December –Ethiopia will embark on a national plan that aims to boost the country’s development over the next twenty years while keeping its greenhouse emissions to current levels.

  • 06 Dec 2011
    Climate change: voices from the field

    Upon their arrival in Durban, five African journalists who recently participated in a UNDP-sponsored climate change awareness raising caravan traveling from Nairobi, shared their extraordinary, first-hand accounts of climate change with participants at the UN Climate Change Negotiations.