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31 Jul 2018 description

Young people aged 10-24 make up over 30 percent of the population in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries and are among the most affected by HIV, yet continue to have unequal and inadequate access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

12 Jul 2017 description

The joint GICHD-UNDP study explores the links between mine action and the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. It seeks to reflect the current understanding of the contribution and impact that mine action is having on achieving the 2030 Agenda in countries affected by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war.

The study also aims to provide guidance to policy and decision makers from mine action organisations, donors and particularly National Mine Action Authorities on how to:

01 May 2017 description

Affected countries require funds to build more resilient and climate-smart economies

By: Dan Shepard
From Africa Renewal: May - July 2017

Researchers are still trying to learn why the population of African penguins has dropped precipitously over the last 15 years—some estimates say by 90%—but most agree that climate change is a major factor in the decline of this iconic African species.

14 Mar 2017 description

Brussels--Persistent insecurity and fragility in the Central African sub-region can only be addressed if national and regional actors, as well as international partners, prioritize peacebuilding and development of border areas, boost citizens' engagement and participation, and improve governance indicators and management of natural resources.

26 Jan 2017 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.

28 Aug 2016 description

Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year, peaking at US$105 billion in 2014– or six percent of the region’s GDP – jeopardising the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth, according to the Africa Human Development Report 2016.

06 Aug 2016 description

New York- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund signed a US$30 million grant to reduce new HIV infections in Angola, while also increasing antiretroviral therapy coverage and ensuring better adherence to treatment. The grant was signed in the presence of the Angolan Minister of Health, Dr. Luís Gomes Sambo and other key representatives.

23 Jul 2016 description

A year of record breaking temperatures is leading to increased incidents of natural hazards, resulting in further calls for support.

New York, 21 July – As 2016 continues to shatter records as the hottest year on record, dozens of countries are feeling the impact through increased frequency and severity of weather events. From droughts to floods and storms, UNDP and partners are seeing increased demand for post-disaster needs assessments and recovery planning.

19 Apr 2016 description

As southern African countries deal with the effects of El Nino and prepare for La Nina, representatives of disaster risk management authorities in the sub-region convened this week to kick off a risk knowledge programme focused on how to measure losses caused by disasters, to help inform policy and development planning.

08 Apr 2016 description

Angola has over the past few years suffered from recurrent impact of climatic alterations leading to prolonged droughts or floods, especially in the southern part of the country. Early recovery and building resilience of vulnerable communities has been a priority to break a cycle of flood and drought episodes.

22 Jun 2015 description

38 Disaster Risk Management (DRM) officials from 18 countries including Angola gathered at the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy during the first week of June 2015 to learn best practices in mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into sustainable local development.

27 May 2015 description

Angola has over the past few years suffered from recurrent impact of climatic alterations leading to prolonged droughts or floods, especially in the southern part of the country. The southern region has been considered as part of the Government plans for adaptation to climate change. Early recovery and building resilience of vulnerable communities has been a priority to break a cycle of flood and drought episodes.

27 Sep 2014 description

Tokyo, 26 September 2014 – The government announced today that it will donate US$ 2 million to a United Nations programme to help African nations prepare for disasters.

The money will go to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) ‘Preparedness for Resilient Recovery’ project, which is working to help Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Niger and Rwanda, to better manage and prepare for recovery before disasters occur.

08 Nov 2013 description

(Pretoria, 08 November 2013): A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges.

26 Apr 2013 description

Geneva – Tremendous progress to eliminate malaria has been made over the past decade, including a global reduction in malaria deaths of more than 25 percent, yet per year the disease still infects 219 million people and causes 660,000 deaths.

In addition to its direct impact on the health of millions worldwide, malaria also has an indirect impact on economies and development in general.

On World Malaria Day (25 April), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has added its voice to the call for accelerated efforts to eliminate the deadly disease.

20 Sep 2012 description

More than half a million people die violently every year - in armed conflicts; from criminal activity; and from violent attacks in their own homes.

An estimated 1.5 billion plus people are live in countries affected by war, violence, and/or high levels of crime.

23 Jul 2012 description

Luanda, Angola - Over the last three years, some 400,000 Angolans living in the capital, Luanda, and in the western province of Moxico have improved access to clean water and sanitation facilities through a combined boost to infrastructure building and water sector management capacity.

This is part of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) overall effort to support the authorities put in place an effective water and sanitation system, through legislation and decentralisation of public service delivery, while ensuring community involvement and local ownership.

02 Apr 2012 description

Luanda, Angola – Angolans can now build infrastructure and farm crops more safely, as more than 870 million square metres of land have been cleared of mines since 2008.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has contributed to local efforts by training more than 1,000 demining specialists at the National Demining Institute in recent years.

28 Mar 2012 description

After a conflict has ended, landmines can continue to claim lives, impede development and create a feeling of fear and insecurity. In addition to death and injuries, when landmines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war obstruct roads and poison fields, they threaten productivity, basic social services and access to property and vital infrastructure, including schools and health centers.

18 Mar 2011 description

Landmines continue to kill or maim more than 4,000 people yearly

United Nations appeals for $498 million to address the challenge in 29 countries

GENEVA - Mine action initiatives in 29 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $498 million in 2011, according to the 14th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released today by the United Nations in Geneva.

The portfolio is an annual snapshot of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programmes.