UNDP and UNICEF join hands for waste management in Yolanda-affected areas

28 Mar 2014

imageInter-agency collaboration: Abdul Alim, Representative ad interim, on behalf of UNICEF, and Maurice Dewulf, Country Director, on behalf of UNDP signed the agreement for implementation of US$ 3.5 million Yolanda waste management project. The signing was witnessed by UNDP Administrator and UN Development Group Chair, Helen Clark. Credit: Jacqueline Hernandez/UNDP.


Manila:
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.

Abdul Alim, Representative ad interim, on behalf of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Maurice Dewulf, Country Director, on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed the agreement.

The signing was witnessed by the UNDP Administrator and UN Development Group Chair, Helen Clark, and the UN Resident Coordinator to the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho. Through the signing, the agencies committed to finalizing the full project agreement in the shortest time possible.

“We are very pleased to have started this unique partnership with UNICEF on this issue,” Dewulf
said.

“Waste, when not properly managed can adversely affect the environment and thus children and their health,” said Alim. “This is why this initiative is so vital. It is also a good example of interagency collaboration within the United Nations in the Philippines,” he added.

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck some of the poorest parts of the Philippines. Managing the mountains of debris left by the storm and the subsequent waste have been challenging with municipal systems severely affected.

UNDP launched a debris management programme within weeks of the disaster, which to date has provided emergency employment for about 40,000 people. They were each employed for up to 15 days, earning much-needed quick cash, while participating in the clean-up of their communities helping communities to return to normalcy. Mountains of debris have been cleared that enabled to start functioning again 15 hospitals, 220 rural health units, 666 schools, 588 daycare centers, 629 municipal government buildings and 200 other essential public infrastructures.

The new funds committed by UNICEF to this programme will help boost the vital waste management work.

For further information, please contact:


For UNDP
: Lisa Hiller-Garvey, Mobile +63 (0) 9175147983, lisa.hiller-garvey@undp.org; Anna Mae Lamentillo; +63 (0) 9175068700, anna.mae.lamentillo@undp.org; or Philip Castro +63 (0) 9175986139, philip.castro@undp.org

For UNICEF: Zafrin Chowdhury, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Philippines, Tel: +632 901 0177, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366, zchowdhury@unicef.org

Marge Francia, Communication Officer, UNICEF Philippines, Tel: +632 901 01 73, Mobile: +63 917 858 9447, mfrancia@unicef.org

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Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She also chairs the United Nations Development Group.