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August, 2016

May, 2016

  • 18 May

    Role for indigenous in global sustainable future

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2016/05/F-SDGs-Indigenous-17MAY16rev.mp3 The ability to “read changes in weather patterns or in animal behaviour has saved indigenous communities from natural disasters for centuries. Indigenous activists meeting at the United Nations are hoping that traditional knowledge like this will be recognized in global efforts to combat climate change and create a more …

November, 2015

  • 12 November

    Community spirit behind recovery of Filipino town hard hit by typhoon

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2015/11/f-philippines-mayor-10NOV15-LONG.mp3 After Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Philippines two years ago this month, people in the town of Tanauan came together with “an innate desire to be of service. Thats according to mayor Pel Tecson who believes this community spirit, or as it is known locally “bayanihan, was the reason why …

  • 11 November

    Investigation into killing of Philippines journalist urged by UNESCO chief

    “I condemn the killing of JosГ© Bernardo as an attack against freedom of expression and the rule of law, said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in a statement. “I have full trust that the authorities will spare no effort in investigating this case and bringing the perpetrators to justice. JosГ© Bernardo …

  • 8 November

    Two years after super typhoon in Philippines, UNICEF lauds ‘tremendous’ recovery efforts

    “The two year anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan marks tremendous progress in recovery and rebuilding efforts, said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative in the Philippines. “UNICEF commends the great efforts invested by the government, civil society and communities to help children and families get back on their feet. In a ceremony …

  • 5 November

    Community-led development empowers Filipino indigenous community

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2015/11/f-elsie-philippines-04NOV15REV.mp3 A social services project run by the Philippines government has changed life in indigenous village in the north of the country, according to one of the residents. Elsie Lomong-Oy is a member of the Igorot people in Besao mountain province where roughly half of the population falls below the …

October, 2015

  • 26 October

    Filipino indigenous communities brew coffee for peace

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2015/10/F-coffee-4-peace-22OCT15.mp3 Coffee farming is helping indigenous people in the Philippines to protect the environment, preserve their ancestral lands and secure their financial future. They are doing so through an organization called Coffee for Peace, one of the winners of a UN-backed award that celebrates innovation. Coffee for Peace began eight …

  • 19 October

    Philippines: lauding Governments storm preparedness, UN agencies ready to assist in wake of typhoon

    After the typhoon made landfall Sunday morning, UNICEF and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) noted that the Governments preparedness programme had paid off. The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta WahlstrГ¶m, praised the Philippines Government for its efforts to reduce mortality and …

August, 2015

  • 29 August

    Philippines: Cyclone-prone areas to get evacuation centres

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2015/08/f-Typhoon-19AUG15.mp3 State-of-the art evacuation centres in the Philippines are being set up by the UN to provide shelter for communities in cyclone-prone areas of the country. The UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have broken ground on the first of two such centres on the …

June, 2015

  • 21 June

    No “surrender of dignity to receive development assistance

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2015/06/f-imf-philippines18JUNE15.mp3 Countries in Asia wanting to implement new development goals do not have to surrender their dignity by receiving financial assistance, according to a senior official of the Philippines government. The international community is currently working on new targets called the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which are due to …