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  • 24 Sep 2011
    Together we must act to help millions suffering in the Horn of Africa now

    New York - Leaders from more than 60 countries came together today at a United Nations mini-Summit chaired by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, to raise awareness of the scale and urgency of the humanitarian situation.

  • 22 Sep 2011
    UNDP, South Africa sign new deal for development

    New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of South Africa today signed a new agreement to boost pro-poor growth by expanding knowledge exchange between South Africa and developing countries in Africa and beyond.

  • 21 Sep 2011
    Nine million to benefit from new business pact to fight poverty

    New York – Nine million poor people in Africa, Asia and Latin America will have access to clean energy sources and improved health care through commitments made today by three companies to Business Call to Action, a global initiative to promote poverty reduction and sustainable social and economic development.

  • 13 Sep 2011
    UN releases names of Abuja bomb attack casualties

    Abuja, Nigeria - The United Nations in Nigeria today announced the complete list of names of 11 UN staff members among the 23 people who lost their lives in the 26 August bomb attack on the UN House in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

  • 01 Sep 2011
    Abuja bomb blast victims’ evacuations go on; UN continues humanitarian operations

    Abuja, Nigeria - The United Nations family in Nigeria is continuing its efforts to support victims of the bomb blast which claimed the lives of 23 people on Friday 26th August 2011.

  • 31 Aug 2011
    Football superstar Marta visits Sierra Leone to promote women’s empowerment

    Fresh from her women’s soccer championship win in the United States, the world’s top female player, Marta Vieira da Silva, today kicks off a two-day visit to Sierra Leone to highlight the country’s efforts to empower women.

  • 19 Aug 2011
    Free HIV/AIDS treatment for 400,000 people in Zambia

    Lusaka – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on behalf of the Ministry of Health in Zambia, has signed two Global Fund grants totalling US$141.8 million that will allow some 400,000 people to access free HIV/AIDS treatment over the next two years.

  • 05 Aug 2011
    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas spotlights Horn of Africa food crisis

    Geneva, New York – Film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a global appeal to assist more than 12 million people across the Horn of Africa left in need by famine, drought, conflict and high food prices.

  • 04 Aug 2011
    3 million poor in Africa and South Asia to gain access to mobile phone numbers

    New York/London — Three million people living in poverty in Africa and South Asia—around 75 percent of them women—will gain access to low-cost mobile phones identities and mobile phone numbers following United Kingdom-based technology firm Movirtu’s commitment made today to the Business Call to Action (BCtA).

  • 29 Jul 2011
    UN calls for a further US$1.4 billion to assist Horn of Africa

    New York/Geneva -The United Nations today appealed for a further $1.4 billion dollars to provide life-saving assistance to more than 12 million people across the Horn of Africa.

  • 27 Jul 2011
    UNDP helps traditional leaders build stronger local justice systems in South Sudan

    A two-day justice workshop for traditional authorities was held from 26 – 27 July at the Royal Garden Hotel in Juba, attended by 50 chiefs from Central Equatoria State.

  • 07 Jul 2011
    Cocoa beans to bear new fruits for Cameroon's farmers

    New York/Douala, Cameroon — Some 60,000 cocoa farmers in Cameroon are to get a boost to their livelihoods from a local company that has signed up to Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative that aims to support private sector efforts in the fight against poverty.

  • 14 Jun 2011
    UNDP and The Global Fund act to safeguard programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Kinshasa — Following alleged irregularities in the management of grants to the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Global Fund and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have together temporarily stopped disbursements and payments to sub-recipients of these grants and put in place a number of interim measures to safeguard Global Fund resources.

  • 06 Jun 2011
    Africa should embrace new economic giants and boost social inclusion

    Lisbon — African countries should develop closer cross-border ties in dealing with traditional and emerging partners so they can boost sustainable and inclusive growth, according to the African Economic Outlook 2011, launched today.

  • 10 May 2011
    Africa: Stronger cross-border ties key to social and economic progress

    Istanbul — Integrated regional investments in roads and power, coupled with pro-poor policy, could lead to an accumulated 10 percent increase in the continent’s standard of living between 2012 and 2020, says a new report released today at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • 04 May 2011
    5.2 million Zambians gear up to vote

    Lusaka — On her first visit to Zambia, Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), called on 5.2 million registered voters to ensure they turn out on the day of the country’s upcoming general elections.

  • 16 Mar 2011
    Barclays to assist 60,000 people in Africa anti-poverty effort

    New York and London — Around 60,000 people in Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda will soon have access to financial services through Barclays’ commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA) ―a global initiative aimed at supporting the private sector’s efforts to fight poverty.

  • 11 Feb 2011
    UNDP Administrator praises Southern Sudan's credible referendum process

    New York — Following today’s announcement of the southern Sudan referendum results, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark congratulated the Southern Sudanese people on the peaceful and transparent referendum process.

  • 23 Dec 2010
    UN delivers ballots for historic Southern Sudan referendum

    Juba – Today at the Juba airport, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) delivered ballots for more than 4 million voters to the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau.

  • 15 Nov 2010
    20 African countries to accelerate climate adaptation

    Dakar – Climate adaptation teams from all 20 countries participating in the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) will meet in Dakar next week (22-25 November) to step up efforts to make their countries more resilient to climate change.