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UN launches $301 million appeal for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

The United Nations today appealed for nearly a third of a billion dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are labouring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and basicLue lisää (englanti)

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UN launches bid to achieve sustainable energy for all

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an energy revolution to help end poverty, transform the global economy and put the world on a cleaner, greener path for health, education, employment and economic competition. "For the developing world, energy poverty isLue lisää (englanti)

UN launches plan to combat spread of HIV among women and girls

Photo: UNAIDS/B. HamiltonUNDP Administrator Helen Clark at the high-level panel in NY.UNDP Administrator Helen Clark joined a high-level panel in New York to launch a five-year action plan by UNAIDS to address gender inequalities and human rights violations that put women and girls at risk ofLue lisää (englanti)

UN officials applaud progress made in the struggle against landmines

The following is a statement issued jointly by members of the UN Mine Action Team on the occasion of the 2010 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.  Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Convention entered into force 11 years ago, there have been many signs ofLue lisää (englanti)

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UN pays tribute to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai

The United Nations today paid tribute to Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners, who died on Sunday. Ms. Maathai, 71, was the founder of the Green Belt Movement that encouraged women in rural Kenya to plant trees to improve theirLue lisää (englanti)

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UN pays tribute to victims of Nigeria blast

A minute of silence was observed for the victims of Friday's deadly car bomb attack at the United Nations compound in Abuja, Nigeria. UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro and UNDP Africa head Tegegnework Gettu visited with UN staff over the weekend and met with Nigerian officials in Abuja.Lue lisää (englanti)

UN provides help to relief efforts in flood-hit Haitian capital

United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian staff are helping with relief efforts in Haiti, where floods sparked by torrential rains earlier this week have killed at least 10 people in the capital, Port-au-Prince. At least four neighbourhoods of the city – Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas andLue lisää (englanti)

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UN responds to Indonesia volcano and earthquake emergencies

An elderly woman awaits assistance at an evacuation centre for those displaced by the Mount Merapi volcano in central Java. Photo: © Contributor/IRINJakarta - Following an invitation from the Government of Indonesia for assistance from international organizations present in Indonesia, theLue lisää (englanti)

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UN teams up against gender-based violence in Botswana

Nine United Nations agencies have launched an ambitious new programme to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) in Botswana, which affects nearly two-thirds of all women across the country, and large numbers of children.   “[In Botswana], men still dominate the political landscape, and theLue lisää (englanti)

UN to address national human rights institutions

GENEVA -- The UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will both address the opening of this year’s meeting of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Geneva on Tuesday. It is the first time that a UNDP Administrator has taken part inLue lisää (englanti)

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