Volcano experts gather for UN meeting in the Comoros

Experts in vulcanology, natural resources and disaster prevention are gathering today in the Comoros for the start of a United Nations-sponsored conference examining how the Indian Ocean archipelago can better manage and profit from the active volcano that dominates the main island in the chain.

Local journalists complete UN-backed media course in Sudan

Some 35 Sudanese media professionals have completed a United Nations-sponsored journalism training programme in the eastern city of Kassala to improve their skills in such areas as reporting, interviewing, covering elections and operating in hostile environments.

Soccer stars to score goal against poverty in Moroccan match, says UN agency

World Cup winners and United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors, Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane, announced today that the sixth annual football “Match Against Poverty” will take place in Morocco next month.

UN joins Europe, World Bank to boost recovery of States after conflict, disaster

In an effort to more effectively help countries recover from conflicts and natural disasters, the United Nations, European Union and World Bank signed an agreement today to harmonize their collective assistance, developing common tools, training and evaluation mechanisms.

Tennis ace partners with UN to set up scholarships for Chernobyl-affected youths

The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova announced today that she is donating $210,000 to an initiative that will offer scholarships to youth from regions of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

Haiti: UN agency helps contain damage wrought by deadly hurricane

Initiatives by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Haiti are helping to rein in the damage wrought by Hurricane Gustav, which has claimed nearly two dozen lives so far across the Caribbean region.

New UN report urges companies to boost business with world’s poor

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has encouraged companies to expand beyond traditional business practices and offered them strategies and tools to bring in the world’s poor as partners for economic growth, in a new report released today.

Africa’s efforts to tackle climate change receive $92 million boost – UN

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan today announced a new $92 million initiative to help Africa adapt to global warming.

UN-backed biomass gas project provides clean power for rural areas in India

The latest biomass gasifier, which converts wood or agricultural residues into a combustible gas mixture, was fired up today in a remote village of southern India, as part of a project to provide clean power for rural dwellers, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Gates Foundation and UN join forces to mechanize women’s work in West Africa

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today it had joined forces with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in an effort to empower rural West African women with diesel engines, and, in doing so, boost their incomes.