UNDP

‘Empty lands in Myanmar’ await Rohingya return: UNDP director

Since late August 2017, more than 725,000 mainly-Muslim Rohingya have left Rakhine state, across the border into southern Bangladesh, fleeing widespread and systematic ethnic violence. But they left behind at home a ‘vast land not being cultivated’, with an estimated 70% reduction in agricultural production just in Maungdaw District alone, said the UN Development Programme’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu, in a recent interview with UN News.https://www.unhcr.org/

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UNDP report shows steady development progress for Pacific Island States

The 2017 Human Development Index covers 189 countries, including 10 Pacific Island States; the largest survey in the region to date.  In an interview for UN News, Matthew Johnson-Idan, Development Economist from UNDP Fiji, said the geography of the Pacific was unique, resulting in “some clear special challenges for this region”.

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Off-screen, lead ‘Game of Thrones’ actor takes up arms to defend the planet

It would be a stretch to describe Jaime Lannister, the character in the hit TV Show Game of Thrones, played by Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, as a positive role model.

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UN development agency provides lifeline to Gaza lifeguards, in bid to keep workers from debtors’ prison

If Bilal Bashir, a Palestinian fisherman and lifeguard living on the coast of the Gaza Strip, does not get work over the summer months, he risks being sent to debtors’ prison.

Better trained, educated youth are key to development across Timor-Leste: UNDP

With nearly three-quarters of Timor-Leste’s population under 35-years-old, young people need better education, skills and training to boost development across the Southeast Asian nation.

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Upcoming election among 'positive' signs in Zimbabwe: UN official

The international community is being urged to provide greater support to Zimbabwe as it strives to achieve development goals.

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'Thousands' of ceasefire violations every month in Ukraine point to a 'forgotten' conflict

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine believes the grinding four-year conflict in the east is being “forgotten” with thousands of ceasefire violations being recorded each month.

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News in Brief 26 January 2018 – Geneva

Gunfire reportedly used against migrants off Yemen

Outrage and sadness have been expressed by UN agencies, after 30 migrants and refugees drowned off the coast of Yemen.

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Hurricane-hit Dominica recovering despite power, economic troubles

Three months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria delivered a major blow to the island of Dominica, life is resuming on the Caribbean island.

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Space technology helping UNDP to improve lives of people in need

Space-based applications and technologies are helping the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to deliver its projects in a faster, more efficient and safer way, according to a senior official there.

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