UN Development Programme names new officials to head 3 regional bureaus

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has named three new senior officials to head, respectively, its bureaus for Arab States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa.

UN agency predicts building boom for tsunami-hit Indonesian region

One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Aceh and Nias in Indonesia, the worst-hit areas, are on the brink of a construction boom which is showing a gigantic leap in spending from a normal $50 million to some $2 billion a year, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Keep helping country offices show results, UN agency advised in tsunami study

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) should continue to devise tools to help country offices manage projects and demonstrate results, a top financial advisory company said among its many recommendations in a final report on the agency’s oversight of tsunami relief and reconstruction.

Central Asian States could double income through economic cooperation – UN

The five former Soviet Central Asian republics, with a population of nearly 60 million people, could as much as double their incomes over the next 10 years by strengthening regional economic cooperation, according to a United Nations report released today calling for a special UN envoy to help move the agenda forward.

Longer-term solutions vital for African hunger crisis, says UN development chief

Still more resources are needed to resolve the immediate problem of feeding the hungry in the famine-hit Sahelian region of Africa, and longer-term solutions are essential to ensure food security, the head of the United Nations development agency has said after a trip though rural Niger, epicentre of one of the crises hitting the continent.

Somalia: UN helps in first steps to re-establish national police force

With Somalia riven by factional fighting and lacking a functioning central government for the past 14 years, the first steps have been taken to rebuild a national civilian police force at a United Nations-backed workshop.

UN-backed youth summit pledges action on Millennium Development Goals

Youth leaders from more than 40 countries participating in the United Nations-sponsored second Pan-African Youth Leadership Summit in Ifrane, Morocco, unanimously agreed today to endorse sport as a way of mobilizing African youth for practical initiatives aimed at advancing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UN-led seminar urges civic groups to help Sudan meet development goals

Continuing its efforts to help usher in peace and stability for Sudan, the United Nations has held a workshop in Khartoum encouraging civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to coordinate their activities to improve the war-torn country’s chances of meeting international anti-poverty, health and development targets.

New UNDP head to seek links between agency goals and World Bank strategies

The newly appointed Administrator of the United National Development Programme (UNDP) said today that one of his top priorities for the remainder of 2005 would be the linking of his agency’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with poverty-reduction strategies often sponsored by the World Bank.

Former Turkish Economics Minister takes helm at UN Development Programme

Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs, Member of the European Convention and World Bank executive, took office today as the new Administrator of the United National Development Programme (UNDP), the UN’s global development network and its largest agency.