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11 Jun 2018 description

Mogadishu 8 June 2018. The Government of Somalia has this week signed up to a regional marine partnership initiative to ensure the sustainability of the livelihoods, environment and resources of the Western Indian Ocean. Eight other countries in the region are taking part in the initiative – Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, and Tanzania.

08 Jun 2018 description

By Deodat Maharaj, UNDP Senior Advisor for the Caribbean

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 8 2018 (IPS) - As a new hurricane season approaches in the Caribbean, I attended last week’s dialogue focused on “Financing Resilience in SIDS” held in Antigua and Barbuda and sponsored by the host government and Belgium.

The gathering sought to identify the main risks facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS), especially in terms of financing and innovative solutions to the countries’ challenges.

29 Mar 2018 description

This briefing aims to provide a brief overview of NAP experiences in African developing countries, highlighting emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.

In brief

  • Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have begun to integrate adaptation into national development plans and climate change policies.

  • Almost all the focus countries considered in this regional briefing have initiated the process to formulate and implement the NAP.

  • All I/NDCs in the countries in focus include an adaptation component.

22 Aug 2017 description

By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP

Since its inception, the Adaptation Fund has provided critical support for climate resilient development strategies across the globe. Working through agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), governments across the globe have accessed Adaptation Fund finance to reduce climate change risks and build more climate resilient nations.

14 Jul 2017 description

NEW YORK – Five years ago, a landmark report published by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law urged governments to promote laws and policies grounded in evidence and human rights in order to turn the tide against AIDS. This week, members of the Commission and representatives of UN Member States, civil society, academia and international organizations came together to assess the progress made in advancing the report’s recommendations, look at the barriers that remain and discuss opportunities for further progress.

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.

17 Dec 2016 description

National human rights bodies playing key role in advancing Africa’s rights agenda, says study

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have become an integral part of the structure for the human rights protection system in Africa, a report released on 21 October by the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) has shown.

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.

19 Nov 2015 description

GENEVA - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a US$10.5 million grant to address human rights barriers faced by vulnerable communities in Africa, and facilitate access to lifesaving health care. The grant is the first of its kind and will cover 10 countries including Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, the Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

16 Jul 2015 description

UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper

Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance

Executive Summary

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.

24 Apr 2009 description

Women were particularly hit hard, but played a crucial role in disaster risk reduction

New York - To better respond to natural disasters, governments should invest more in risk reduction for vulnerable communities and make sure to reflect gender concerns in the recovery processes, says a report presented today at the United Nations. Involving local communities in the recovery process, according to "The Tsunami Legacy: Innovation, Breakthroughs and Change" report, is as instrumental as installing …

31 Mar 2005 description

COPE -- Corporate Partnership in Emergencies -- facilitates the matching of the private sector's voluntary contributions with the needs of communities hit by natural disasters or humanitarian crises. COPE enables corporations, with their efficient business approach and expertise, to play a vital part in crisis and disaster recovery throughout the world.

The first challenge COPE is taking on is the tsunami catastrophe that struck Indian Ocean countries in late December. Coastal communities that suffered great loss of lives and damage need sustained help as well as immediate relief.

12 Mar 2005 description


The UNDP is working to assist the tsunami-affected countries meet the following needs:

17 Feb 2005 description

New York, 17 February 2005 - Businesses that want to contribute to the tsunami reconstruction effort can now target their assistance to where it is most needed with a simple click: http://www.undp.org/cope/, a new UNDP initiative.

10 Jan 2005 description

Fifteen days after the tsunami unleashed havoc in South and South East Asia, causing 155,000 deaths, leaving over five million homeless, and destroying the livelihood of thousands, the tsunami relief and early recovery effort is in full swing thanks to the unrelenting work and commitment of the national governments, the affected communities, the local and international NGOs and the UN system.

05 Jan 2005 description

With relief teams gaining access to some of the more remote areas affected by the tsunami, information on the extent of the devastation caused by the disaster has been pouring in. Casualty estimates are continuing to rise with the current number expected to surpass 150,000 dead. Millions of people have been left homeless with their livelihoods destroyed, infrastructure smashed, and water supplies contaminated. While the focus of UN agency activity is currently on the humanitarian relief effort, UNDP has already begun to support national authorities in recovery planning.

30 Dec 2004 description

The death toll in the South and South-East Asia region as well as the East African coasts continues to rise dramatically, and is estimated to reach up to 80,000 - 90,000 or more lives lost. This is coupled with enormous population displacements, as well as the loss of livelihoods, homes, infrastructure and hard-earned development gains in many countries including India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand.