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August, 2014

  • 2 August

    Men in the Philippines stand up against gender-based violence

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2014/08/2-f-phil-amb-women-violence.mp3 Men in the Philippines are actively engaged in their communities to tackle gender-based violence, according to the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN. Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan was referring to MOVE, a leading mens group involved in gender advocacy since 2006. At a UN event to encourage …

  • 2 August

    Trash helping to light up the Philippines

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2014/08/2-f-phil-bottleman.mp3 Turning on a light at the flick of a switch is something many people around the world take for granted. But for one fifth of the world’s population, it’s simply not an option, relegating them to a life of whats been called “energy poverty”. One man in the Philippines …

July, 2014

  • 26 July

    Men and women serve under same rules in UN peacekeeping operation

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2014/07/1-f-phil-luz-camacho-minustah.mp3 Men and women serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, have to abide by the same rules, according to the commander of a battalion from the Philippines. Commander Luzviminda Camacho, a navy captain, is leading a contingent of 156 men and women in Haiti. She has over 25 …

June, 2014

  • 4 June

    UN seeks to strengthen disaster readiness with launch of Tacloban Declaration

    Speaking in the capital, Manila, Special Representative Margareta WahlstrГ¶m noted that opportunities exist now to address underlying risks to ensure that the next disaster will not cause similar devastation, in line with President Benigno Aquinos policy to build back better. Ahead of todays start of the three-day conference, participants were …

May, 2014

  • 9 May

    Philippines farmers bring in first harvest since Typhoon Haiyan

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2014/05/f-fao-phil-farmers-6mos-after.mp3 Tens of thousands of farmers in the Philippines are bringing in their first rice harvest just six months after one of the worst ever typhoons to hit the country destroyed their fields. More than 6,000 people lost their lives, while some 600,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed when Typhoon …

  • 7 May

    Philippines: Six months after typhoon, UN working with communities to rebuild lives

    “Our thoughts are very much with the survivors who suffered the loss of so many friends and loved ones, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for the Philippines, Klaus Beck, said in a message on behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team and Humanitarian Coordinator, Luiza Carvalho. The UN …

April, 2014

  • 22 April

    Vaccines guarded against natural disasters in refrigerators in the Philippines

    https://news.un.org/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/audio/2014/04/f-immunization-mixed-v3.mp3 Vaccines are being guarded in refrigerators against future natural disasters in the Philippines, according to the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF). The move follows the destruction wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines in November 2013. Health clinics were destroyed, the cold chain disrupted and temperature-sensitive vaccines …

  • 7 April

    Philippines debt must be cancelled to support typhoon recovery effort – UN expert

    “Grant aid, not new loans, is needed to overcome the impact of the tropical cyclone which struck the country five months ago, said Cephas Lumina, the independent expert tasked with monitoring the effects of foreign debt on the enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights. Of …

  • 4 April

    Urgent need for shelter six months after clashes displace thousands in southern Philippines –UN

    “There is an urgent need to find shelter solutions for these IDPs, said Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at a press briefing in Geneva, recalling that in September 2013, over 100,000 people were displaced by the fighting. At that time, OCHA estimated …

March, 2014

  • 10 March

    Philippines: UN agency pledges long-term support for typhoon-stricken farmers, fishers

    Four months after the landfall of a typhoon that claimed over 6,000 lives and displaced millions, FAO Director-General JosГ© Graziano da Silva is traveling with Filipino Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala, and FAO Philippines Permanent Representative Ambassador Virgilio Reyes, personally distributing bags of fertilizer and tools to affected farmers and …