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  • Film launched to highlight enormous recovery needs after Yolanda Mar 7, 2014

    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.

  • International line-up of football greats set to play for the Philippines tomorrow Mar 3, 2014

    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).

  • Our Work:100 Days after Typhoon Haiyan Feb 20, 2014

    A hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan tore through one of the poorest parts of the Philippines, affecting 14.1 million people and leaving 4 million displaced, UNDP continues to help people rebuild their lives.

  • Luís Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira to join 11th annual Match Against Poverty Feb 19, 2014

    Luís Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira are among the personalities that have confirmed they will join Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane at the 11th Annual Match Against Poverty that will take place on March 4 at the STADE DE SUISSE National Stadium in Bern, Switzerland.

  • Needs remain enormous 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan Feb 16, 2014

    One hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November, the Government-led relief operation has made marked progress. But millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and ensure that the gains made thus far are not rolled back as devastated communities begin the difficult process of recovery.

  • Football Fever Harnessed to Shine Spotlight on Typhoon Recovery Needs in the Philippines Feb 14, 2014

    As a visit by sports superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham whipped up football fever in the Philippines’ typhoon-hit city of Tacloban yesterday, renowned Swiss Filmmaker, Michael Steiner started the cameras rolling there on a new documentary set for release on 4 March at the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) annual Match Against Poverty to be played in Bern, Switzerland.

  • Bohol earthquake survivors need support Feb 6, 2014

    Nearly four months after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Bohol Island in the Philippines, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC), Luiza Carvalho, is calling on donors to provide an additional US$19 million for urgent shelter needs, as well as health, education and early recovery efforts in the affected areas.

  • Humanity remains deeply unequal despite impressive progress, says UNDP report Jan 30, 2014

    A sustained reduction in inequality requires a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms – says a report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.

  • The Race is on to Salvage a “Golden Trough” of Typhoon Felled Trees across the Central Philippines Jan 28, 2014

    The race is on to salvage valuable wood from millions of typhoon felled coconut trees in the central Philippines. Experts believe that salvaged coco lumber could be used for urgently needed temporary shelters, as the Yolanda (Haiyan) super storm left four million people displaced, just over two months ago in the Visayas region. It also killed thousands and devastated livelihoods across nine of the Philippines’ poorest provinces. If stored correctly, the lumber could also prove a potent way of securing thousands of livelihoods. But, time is running out as the trees need to be recovered before May 2014, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • UN opens global call for nominations to identify local sustainable development solutions that can change the world Jan 22, 2014

    A United Nations-led partnership that “shines a spotlight” on local sustainable development innovations today launched its global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014. Today marks the first step in a worldwide search to identify leading community-based initiatives from across the developing world that advance environmental conservation while fighting poverty. Nominations are open from 146 countries through March 22, 2014.

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