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  • 29 Nov 2012
    Alia Al-Dalli: Arab Governance Week

    Dear Colleagues and Friends, this has been a long journey. But, it has not concluded. It commenced with acts of civil resistance against colonialist powers, continued on 17 December 2010 with the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, sustained by contagion of protest throughout the region, and maintains an uninterrupted flow in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere. As has been noted throughout our event, transitions are fluid and non-linear.

  • 28 Nov 2012
    More top footballers to join UNDP's 10th annual Match Against Poverty

    Geneva —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the addition of more world-renowned footballers – including Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, Djalma Feitosa Dia of Brazil, Fernando Hierro of Spain and Fernando Couto of Portugal – to the already star-studded team which will play in UNDP’s 10th Annual Match Against Poverty.

  • 26 Nov 2012
    Strengthening health systems in Sudan

    At the Central Medical Supplies warehouse in North Khartoum: 2.7 million USD worth of medical equipment was officially handed over from UNDP to the federal and State Ministries of Health. The equipment donated by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, included Lab and IT equipment as well as 22 vehicles to upgrade andsupport 19 Medical Laboratories, 5 Rural Hospitals and 25 Health Care Centers across the country. The vehicles and IT equipments are intended to strengthen the health management teams at the locality levels.

  • 25 Nov 2012
    Clean-up campaign in Kurani Ainkawa

    UNDP Iraq gathered over 100 children from Kurani Ainkawa to clean-up their neighbourhood. Kurani Ainkawa is a poor and socially conservative area at the heart of Erbil. UNDP Iraq is supporting the community to improve its accessibility to basic and social services and improve its socio-economic opportunities.

  • 22 Nov 2012
    An Iraqi Plan for a Better Future

    A National Development Plan Conference was held in Erbil from 11-13 November to develop a unified vision for the future of Iraq. The Government of Iraq is revising the current National Development Plan 2010-2014 to better reflect the emerging development priorities for the period 2013-2017.

  • 20 Nov 2012
    Assi El Hellani: Live Lebanon Goodwill Ambassador

    In cooperation with BBAC, the United Nations Development Programme announced on the 19th of November the famous Lebanese Singer, Mr. Assi Hellani, as one of Live Lebanon’s Goodwill Ambassador at the Moevenpick hotel in Beirut.

  • 19 Nov 2012
    Secretary-general's remarks on the first anniversary of the conclusion of the Yemen peace and transition agreement, Sana'a, Yemen

    I am very pleased to be here today, nearly a year after you concluded the historic agreement for a peaceful transition in Yemen. I am honoured to be able to see for myself your remarkable achievements. I recall my meeting with President Hadi this past September at the United Nations in New York, and I highly commend his leadership. Yemen is a diverse society with an astonishingly rich history and culture. It is a dynamic country whose people deserve prosperity, stability and security.

  • 12 Nov 2012
    Empowering the Iraqi civil society

    UNDP held a Grant Guidelines Workshop for 25 pre-qualified Iraqi Civil Society Organizations at the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

  • 12 Nov 2012
    UN global compact sponsors Iraq’s first design excellence award

    The Iraq UN Global Compact (UNGC) Network supported the “Tamayouz Award”, an academic excellence award for architectural graduation projects in Iraqi universities.

  • 08 Nov 2012
    “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development”

    “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development” Lecture by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and UNDG Chair Co-organized by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment & the Stanford Program in Human Biology Stanford, California, USA Thursday, 8 November 2012 Progress towards a new global climate agreement has been painfully slow. In my lecture today, I will talk about key issues at stake in the negotiations, and why concerted international action to tackle global warming matters so much to poor people and poor countries on the front lines of climate change.

  • 07 Nov 2012
    “Our World in 2050: More Equitable and Sustainable – or Less?”

    I thank the World Affairs Council for inviting me to deliver this lecture as part of its ongoing mini-series: “Spotlight on Development Challenges”. As Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, I find the topic of this lecture series and the Council’s interest in what the world might look like in 2050 particularly relevant to our work to help address one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: how to lift human development while staying within planetary boundaries.

  • 01 Nov 2012
    Speech by UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator Mr Frode Mauring

    Prime Minister Fayyad, Ministers, Chairman of Padico, Executive Director of Jedico, Cyril Representative of the Women Committee I take great pleasure to be here today not only because I represent UNDP on suchan occasion, but also as being a consumer and many times wondering why is it not possible to get more Palestinian products and to what extent we can contribute to that because building a state is not only about building government institutions and capacities. It is also about creating the environment for a productive economy.

  • 29 Oct 2012
    UNDP establishes a partnership with Saut Al Arab to empower PLWH

    In the context of the initiative on the socio-economic empowerment of People Living with HIV (PLWH), the HIV Practice of the UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo (RCC) established a partnership with the famous radio station Saut Al Arab (which reaches out to 40% of the rural populations in the Arab world).

  • 29 Oct 2012
    Watkins urges greater disaster readiness in Lebanon

    The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Robert Watkins, visited today the Ashrafieh blast site and called for further steps to help the victims of the explosion and improve Lebanon’s disaster preparedness and emergency response capacity.

  • 24 Oct 2012
    Renewed hope for future elections in Iraq

    On 7 October, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, hosted a reception at the UN House in Baghdad for the newly appointed Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) Board of Commissioners.

  • 24 Oct 2012
    Canada as a model to improve governance in Iraq

    UNDP Iraq recently organised a study tour for Iraqi officials to meet with senior representatives from Ottawa and Alberta authorities to discuss a number of aspects of their financial system

  • 24 Oct 2012
    First disaster risk reduction law drafted

    With support from UNDP Iraq, the Government of Iraq drafted the first version of The National Disaster Risk Reduction Law, currently under consideration by the Council of Ministers.

  • 24 Oct 2012
    Iraqi youth in Jordan participate in focus group

    18 young Iraqis living in Jordan participated in a focus group sponsored by UNDP Iraq. The discussions came in support to the work on the National Human Development Report which focuses on challenges faced by Iraqi youth. The meeting helped the report’s researchers better understand reasons behind young Iraqis leaving their homeland and the challenges they face in Jordan; it allowed these young Iraqis to share their perceptions and feelings towards Iraq.

  • 18 Oct 2012
    The UN Special Representative distributes certificates to 250 municipalities that participated in the World Disaster Risk Reduction Campaign

    The National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS), in partnership with the United Nations and the Disaster Risk Reduction unit at the Prime Minister’s office, organized today, at the Grand Serail, a certificate distribution ceremony to 250 municipalities approximately and union in Lebanon which joined the World Disaster Campaign “My City is Getting Ready”.

  • 17 Oct 2012
    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Extreme poverty destroys the lives and spirit of people; it kills more children, young persons, and adults than any war. Every day, people living in extreme poverty are challenged and threatened by lack of food, shelter and access to essential services.