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  • 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.

  • 17 Oct 2012
    "Development for Beirut Region" Workshop

    On 17 October 2012, the Lebanese parliament in collaboration with UNDP –parliament project organized a workshop entitled “Development for Beirut Region” at the Lebanese Parliament in the presence of the MPs representing the region: Tammam Salam, Imad Al-Hout, Mohamed kabanai, Atef Majdalani, Amar Houri, Michele Feraoun, Arthur Nazarian, Serge Toursarkisian and representatives from Ministries, public administration, local and international organizations, municipalities and Makhateer (mayors).

  • 17 Oct 2012
    "Assessing and managing risks in Lebanon" National Conference

    Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Prime Minister Mr. Najib Mikati, 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, are organizing a national conference on “Assessing and Managing Risks in Lebanon” to promote a strategic approach to address vulnerabilities and to reduce risks.

  • 16 Oct 2012
    Energy efficiency standards and labelling project

    UNDP project ” Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling’’ organised an event about discussing the technical market assessment of the upcoming energy efficiency regulations and their impact on the commercial sector.

  • 13 Oct 2012
    International Day for Disaster Reduction

    In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters.

  • 11 Oct 2012
    'Sneezing Firas” play on disaster risk reduction

    “Sneezing Firas” is the title of the play that was performed in front of 620 students from different public schools in Beirut, South, Bekaa and Mount Lebanon at the UNESCO palace on Tuesday 9th of October, aiming to raise awareness on disaster risk reduction and prevention

  • 09 Oct 2012
    Women’s economic empowerment conference held in Baghdad

    Under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Rowsch Shaways and in cooperation with UNDP Iraq, the first ever Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference was held in Baghdad on 7-8 October under the slogan “Equality Means Business”. The conference was organized with support from UN Women, ILO and IOM.

  • 07 Oct 2012
    UNDP hands over new community policing stations in Basra

    During a recent ceremony UNDP Iraq handed over two brand new, state of the art police stations in Basra.

  • 05 Oct 2012
    UNDP and Lebanese Government initiate collaboration with media leaders in endorsing DRR

    In the context of the Lebanese Government commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction, and within the joint program between UNDP and the Lebanese Presidency of the Council of Ministers, a workshop was held with the leaders of the major media institutions in Lebanon.

  • 04 Oct 2012
    Launching of the study 'The status of Mukhtars and their role in strengthening civil peace in Lebanon” and the guide “Local authorities and peace building"

    The UNDP “Strengthening Civil Peace in Lebanon” project launched the study “The Status of Mukhtars and Their Role in Strengthening Civil Peace in Lebanon” and the guide “Local Authorities and Peace Building” in the UNESCO Palace.