UNDP, Nokia to join forces for China earthquake recovery

August 28th, 2008 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 28 (Xinhua) The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have entered into a partnership to support rebuilding of southwest China’s Sichuan province devastated by the May 12 earthquake, the UN agency said Thursday. The two parties will cooperate in disaster recovery, with an emphasis on reconstruction, improving access to education and connecting rural communities.

“This creative partnership will make possible the innovated interventions through multi-sectoral cooperation, by bringing together the development experience of UNDP, the commitment of the Chinese government, and innovative force of Nokia Siemens Networks.” said Subinay Nandy, the UNDP’s country director for China.

As a leading UN development agency in China, UNDP has responded to the earthquake immediately after the disaster by providing relief items, he said, adding the UN agency has also committed itself to supporting the recovery, reconstruction and long-run development work in the devastated area.

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