Press releases
  • 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.

  • Video: Coordinating Recovery in the Philippines Jan 6, 2014

    UNDP launched today a new video explaining how recovery is coordinated in the devastated areas across the Visayas. “Essentially, we have two disasters: one in the east and one in the west. In the west, the damage has been severe but the recovery of the communities themselves have been quick – sometimes self-organized, sometimes self-motivated, sometimes supported by the government, military and international agencies,” says UNDP Senior Recovery Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev in the video filmed in Tacloban.

  • Mobile cash transfer system goes live in Tacloban Dec 23, 2013

    The roll-out of the mobile cash transfer system is underway in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban. This money transfer system will be used for those who are employed in emergency clean-up schemes in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  • UNDP official reaffirms long-term support for post-typhoon recovery in Philippines Dec 20, 2013

    UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan arrived in the Philippines for a three-day trip to advance the agency’s support for post-typhoon recovery efforts, and consolidate partnerships with the Government, private sector and communities as they rebuild in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Video: Waste Management Essential to Recovery Dec 19, 2013

    UNDP launched today a new video explaining how waste management contributes to early recovery in the devastated areas across the Visayas. “Our initial estimates were 1.1 or 1.2 million cubic meters of debris around the town,” says Dr. Tim Walsh, UNDP waste management advisor in the video filmed in Tacloban.

  • Humanitarian partners launch plan to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors Dec 16, 2013

    The Humanitarian Country Team in the Philippines today launched its Strategic Response Plan (SRP), seeking US$791 million to assist families affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) over a 12-month period.

  • Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and government relief official lead donor mission Dec 13, 2013

    Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman and United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Luiza Carvalho jointly led a mission yesterday to areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) to show donors first-hand the progress in the response and ongoing urgent needs almost five weeks after the disaster struck the Visayas region of the Philippines on 8 November.

  • Lessons for the Philippines from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Dec 12, 2013

    Indonesian Senior Minister, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who oversaw the historic rehabilitation of Aceh after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, arrives in the Philippines today to provide insights into managing large-scale recovery programmes.

  • Creative economy key to inclusive development in the post-2015 development agenda: UN Report highlights Dec 11, 2013

    The presentation of the Creative Economy Report 2013, Special Edition, in New York provides a menu of options and analysis of practical choices for local leaders to support cultural and creative industries in the pursuit of more inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth, leading to the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era.

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