Philippines still needs “a helping hand” two months after deadly storm

Two months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, relief operations are in “normal mode,” according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs agency (OCHA).

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Child-friendly spaces offer oasis for displaced children in the Philippines

Tens of thousands are still living in schools, churches and other public buildings since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines a little over a month ago.

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Cambodia faces challenges in improving sanitation and hygiene

Improving hygiene through use of latrines and hand washing with soap and water, protecting water sources from contamination remain key challenges for Cambodia.

Patrick Maigua reports.

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Ghana tackles challenges of rapid urbanization

Ghana is one of the African countries facing the challenges of rapid urbanization.

In the 1960’s just over 20 per cent of the population of the West African country lived in urban areas.

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UNDP helps Eastern Europe and Central Asia address “energy poverty”

Frequent power cuts, high energy costs and lack of reliable and affordable heating in winter are just some of the energy challenges faced by countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan mobilizes action to advance global “water target”

With only a short time before the  2015 deadline to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the water and sanitation challenges remain daunting.

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Environment should play greater role in peacebuilding, UN reports

Natural resources – which, in many conflict-affected countries, fuel and finance armed groups – can also play a major role in bringing about sustainable peace, the United Nations today reported urging Governments and partners to integrate natural resource management in post-conflict reintegration programmes.

A critical resource, under pressure

On World Soil Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says soil is under pressure around the world.

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2013 saw major milestones in quest for a mine free world

There’s been a drop in landmine casualties after a decline in the use of anti-personnel mines and increased global funding for mine action since the adoption of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

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Tiny Nauru: A “litmus test” for the post-2015 development agenda

A remote Pacific island nation could be the “litmus test” for global efforts to devise a sustainable development agenda.

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