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  • 17 Jun 2014
    The topography of disaster risk reduction: UNDP maps out hazard awareness in typhoon-affected communities

    The conversation has begun in some of Typhoon Haiyan’s hardest hit communities thanks to a mapping project implemented by Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that began this week in Tacloban, Philippines.

  • 21 May 2014
    Support needed for 64,000 people displaced in Zamboanga

    Eight months after fighting broke out between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Zamboanga City on 9 September, more than 64,000 people who fled the fighting remain displaced within the city and in need of humanitarian support.

  • 08 May 2014
    Six months since Haiyan, Konno donates money for Philippine rebuilding

    Japanese actress and writer Misako Konno has donated 1 million yen (approximately US$ 10,200) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help rebuild the Philippines following devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

  • 08 May 2014
    In partnership with UNDP, Gov’t agencies and LGUs come together to discuss how to fast-track implementation of recovery plans in nine hard-hit municipalities of Eastern Samar

    United Nations Development Programme and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched today ‘Harmonizing Agencies’ Initiatives for Post-Yolanda Actions’ (HAIYAN), a project aimed at the fast track implementation of recovery plans in nine of the hardest hit municipalities in Eastern Samar. Part of UNDP’s support to Yolanda recovery efforts, the project aims to synchronize recovery efforts of various line agencies and local government units by mapping out priority areas for funding.

  • 07 May 2014
    Urgent needs remain six months after super typhoon

    Six months after Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) struck the Central Philippines on 8 November, the humanitarian situation has stabilized across the affected regions. The progress remains fragile, however, as millions of survivors require ongoing assistance. The most pressing needs are related to shelter and restoring people’s livelihoods.

  • 07 May 2014
    UNDP heralds progress from emergency to recovery six months following Typhoon Haiyan

    Six months since one of the most destructive disasters hit the Philippines, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says the transition is well underway from emergency to recovery.

  • 30 Apr 2014
    The Rise of Santa Fe

    Five months after the strongest typhoon hit the Philippines, Trinidad Bato-balono proudly pointed to the coast she helped clean with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She says businesses are slowly picking up; tourists are starting to return, and students are going back to school. Getting the port up and running was crucial in recovering the tourism industry. Despite the devastation of one ramp, ferry services have resumed regular operations, providing locals and foreigners access to hundreds of trips weekly from Hagnaya Warf in San Remigio to Sante Fe.

  • 11 Apr 2014
    UNDP’s Match Against Poverty raises US$190,000 for the Philippines

    The XI Match Against Poverty held last March in Bern, Switzerland raised US$190,000 for ongoing recovery efforts in the Philippines where more than 5,000 people lost their lives last November to Typhoon Haiyan.

  • 09 Apr 2014
    Reconstructing identities: UNDP supports frontline government services

    Sights and sounds of construction abound across the Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas. Rebuilding is well underway since the 8 November storm, but it’s not just buildings and infrastructure that need replaced.

  • 31 Mar 2014
    Deutsche Post DHL and UNDP launch second “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” workshop in the Philippines

    Deutsche Post DHL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) workshop at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Running from March 31 to April 2, 2014, the workshop prepares airport personnel for the logistics of emergencies, including handling high volumes of incoming goods and passengers in the aftermath of a disaster. The 52 participants are a mix of staff from airport operations, air traffic control, security and relevant disaster management agencies that play a vital role in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

  • 28 Mar 2014
    UN Country Team Statement

    Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro

  • 28 Mar 2014
    Australia and UNDP reaffirm partnership to help promote resilience and recovery in the Philippines

    The Government of Australia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed yesterday two new partnership agreements, reaffirming their commitment to help promote resilience and recovery in the Philippines. The first agreement reaffirms their joint commitment to continue assistance to the Philippines in reducing people’s risk to disasters across the country, while the second agreement commits to working together to provide technical expertise to support typhoon-recovery efforts across the Visayas.

  • 28 Mar 2014
    UNDP and UNICEF join hands for waste management in Yolanda-affected areas

    In a simple signing ceremony UNDP and UNICEF have officially confirmed their agreement for the implementation of US$ 3.5 million for waste management in Typhoon Yolanda affected areas. The project will be implemented by UNDP with funding provided by UNICEF.

  • 27 Mar 2014
    UN Development Chief reaffirms support to Typhoon Haiyan recovery

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today wrapped up a two-day visit to the Philippines focused on post-typhoon recovery and support for the peace process in Mindanao.

  • 19 Mar 2014
    The N-Peace Awards 2014: Join the search for inspirational stories of peace in Asia!

    The N-Peace Awards shine a light on the tireless and often unrecognized efforts of both women and men who work with communities across Asia to achieve lasting peace. In its fourth year, N-Peace is excited to announce two new countries – Pakistan and Myanmar – and four new categories in the 2014 N-Peace Awards. The achievements of women at the grassroots level will continue to be celebrated with the ‘Untold stories – women transforming their communities’ awards that are selected online by the public. The four new categories will recognize work by the media, by a peace mobilizer at the national or regional level, by a young peacebuilder, and by an organization with a successful and innovative approach to community peacebuilding.

  • 07 Mar 2014
    Film launched to highlight enormous recovery needs after Yolanda

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Embassy of Switzerland today launched a short film, entitled: “The Football Wonder of Tacloban” by renowned Swiss filmmaker Michael Steiner, aimed at raising awareness and support to help meet enormous recovery needs across the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated areas of the Philippines.

  • 05 Mar 2014
    21,000 Swiss Show Solidarity with the Philippines at 11th Annual Football Match Against Poverty

    Last night the United Nations Development Programme again mobilized its team of top football players to compete against a European football club to raise both funds for and awareness of the extreme poverty challenges facing the world.

  • 03 Mar 2014
    International line-up of football greats set to play for the Philippines tomorrow

    A star-studded line-up of football greats is confirmed for tomorrow’s Match Against Poverty in Bern, Switzerland – proceeds of which will help support urgent recovery efforts for the millions still struggling to rebuild their lives after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  • 03 Mar 2014
    Getting back up on her feet

    In the lead-up to UNDP’s global Match Against Poverty for the Philippines, meet Margarette Sosing – one of the young footballers who shares her story in an upcoming film by renowned Swiss Filmmaker, Michael Steiner to be showcased in front of a live stadium crowd in Bern, Switzerland tomorrow night, March 4 (8 PM), where UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors and football legends Zinédine Zidane and Ronaldo will rally their team of internationally renowned football players for a charity match against the Bern professional football club, the BSC Young Boys and Friends.

  • 28 Feb 2014
    Finding new solutions in the Typhoon Haiyan recovery

    Early recovery appears to be in full swing in Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas after almost four months of intensive humanitarian aid but according to UN officials, the progress must be maintained to prevent further harm to the most vulnerable.