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Early Sudan returns heavily for secession; government prepares to lead

A polling staff member demonstrates the choices on the ballot for South Sudan’s referendum on independence,“unity” or “secession.” (Photo: UNDP) Juba – Nearly 99 percent of South Sudanese have voted for secession in a closely-watched referendum, according to provisional returnsLue lisää (englanti)

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Earthquake preparedness works, Indonesians show

Banda Aceh, Indonesia - When a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Aceh province in the northern tip of Indonesia on 10 January there was no damage or casualty—a very different situation compared to seven years earlier when a devastating quake and tsunami killed more than 230,000 peopleLue lisää (englanti)

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Ebola could set back development, says UN

The UN says action will be needed to protect vulnerable communities and their development achievements from the potential long-term effects of Ebola in West Africa. Declared an international emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), the largest ever outbreak of the disease has now claimedLue lisää (englanti)

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Ebola is throwing Liberian economy into a dangerous downspin

Liberia could experience negative GDP growth for the first time since the war ended 11 years ago unless urgent action is taken to stimulate the economy. Liberia was one of the fastest growing economies in the world last year, but recent projections show that the country’s growth could be goingLue lisää (englanti)

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Ebola survivors given safety net in Sierra Leone

When Saio Samura, a 38-year old driver in Freetown, Sierra Leone, died eight days after contracting the Ebola virus disease (EVD), all of his personal effects and household items were burned. This left his widow, M’balu, and their three children grappling with not only their grief and fear ofLue lisää (englanti)

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Ebola: UNDP reaching out to Guineans, one household at a time

With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), religious leaders in N'Zérékoré, in the heart of Guinea’s forest region where the West African Ebola outbreak first appeared, have taken the lead in informing their citizens on how to prevent the disease. Together with politicalLue lisää (englanti)

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Eco-friendly brick technique helps build a cleaner Bangladesh

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have recently introduced energy efficient, smokeless brick-making technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Bangladesh. The new device, known as the Hybrid Hoffman Kiln, was originally developed inLue lisää (englanti)

Economic crisis impact in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Turkey

The global economic crisis in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States has significantly undermined growth and threatens to set back many of the gains of the past decade. As a result, UNDP – in partnership with ILO, UNICEF and FAO – has organized a conferenceLue lisää (englanti)

Education key as voters flood polls in Sudan

A polling staff member demonstrates the two choiceson the ballot for South Sudan’s referendum on independence,“unity” or “secession”, on the second day of voting ata polling centre in El Fasher, North Darfur. (Photo: UN / Olivier Chassot)Juba – Voters in SouthernLue lisää (englanti)

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Effectiveness, coherence and results at the heart of Sweden-UNDP Partnership

Realizing an inclusive consultation process for the post-2015 human development agenda, UN coordination and development effectiveness were three issues highlighted at a meeting today between Swedish Minister of Development Gunilla Carlsson and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)Lue lisää (englanti)

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