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Supercities face high quake risk

New York – More than half of the world’s supercities, with populations of 2-15 million, are at future risk of being affected by nearby magnitude seven or greater earthquakes, warned Eric Calais, Haiti-based seismologist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A significantLue lisää (englanti)

Supporting Tanzania’s election process

 UNDP also helped provide training for women candidates. (Photo: UNDP) Tanzania and Zanzibar’s presidential elections took place on October 31. Parliamentary polls were also held, with 239 legislators set to be elected. UNDP successfully helped to register up to 20 million Tanzanians forLue lisää (englanti)

Supporting the electoral process in Bangladesh

Electoral reform is an ongoing process in Bangladesh, and one that UNDP has been involved with for some time, including the unprecedented registration of 81 million voters from all walks of Bangladeshi life in 2008. Following the resounding success of this registration drive, which created aLue lisää (englanti)

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Supporting tourism in Togo as a tool for development

Lomé – Through diversifying destinations and boosting tourist arrivals, tourism in developing countries can contribute to poverty reduction as it offers significant opportunities for employment creation, local economic development and integration into the international market. The West AfricanLue lisää (englanti)

Survivors of Pakistan's flood lay foundations for new homes and lives

Struggling to help her husband with a long-term respiratory illness when their wooden house was swept away by catastrophic flooding in the north of Pakistan, Gul Numa, over 80 years old, survived the initial weeks of August in a makeshift camp. Numa and her husband, Sayed Qalandar Shah, 90, wereLue lisää (englanti)

Tea companies in Kenya go green through carbon finance

In Kenya’s Nyeri district, several hundred miles north of the capital of Nairobi, energy-intensive tea production employs thousands of farmers and tea-factory workers - and now the industry is beginning to go green. Four factories managed by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) are going greenLue lisää (englanti)

Syria MDG report: the main challenge is environmental degradation

Syria has made substantive progress on school enrollment and reducing child deaths, according to the country’s recently published third national Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report. The MDGs are eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger,Lue lisää (englanti)

Syria's markets benefit from UNDP

Photo: UNDP SyriaThe souks of Deir Ezzor - over 65 storefronts were renovated as part of a UNDP pilot programme.  Throughout the Middle East, souqs, or markets, have historically been the centre of a city’s culture and livelihood. Centuries of use, however, have taken their toll on manyLue lisää (englanti)

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Early warning systems protect farmers and fishermen

In some places, climate change may appear in subtle ways. Not so in São Tomé and Príncipe, where climate change brings severe and dangerous weather conditions. Storm surges, torrential rains, flash floods, and increasing fog and wind have created hazardous conditions for fishermen and farmersLue lisää (englanti)

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Tackling corruption in Bhutan

Since its inception in 2005, the Bhutan Anti-Corruption Commission has become known as model in the region for putting in place effective checks and balances, public outreach and overall curbing corruption. Established by the country’s monarch as part of the Kingdom’s democratisation processLue lisää (englanti)

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