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  • 11 May 2012
    Beirut roundtable discussion on laying foundations of the developmental state in the Arab region

    In coordination and co-sponsorship with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Center in Cairo (UNDP-RCC), the Carnegie Middle East Center will host the presentation and discussion of UNDP’s Arab Development Challenges Report 2011: Towards the Developmental State in the Arab Region. The discussion will take place at the Carnegie’s premises in Downtown (Bashir Street, Lazarieh bldg., Bloc A) on Friday 11th of May 2012 at 9am. In order to respond to the demand for dignity, social justice and freedom that reverberated across Arab streets since late 2010, the Report argues that Arab states need to adopt a “Developmental state” model based on a new social contract of mutual accountability and shed the rentier-based political economy model

  • 05 May 2012
    Launch of the National Energy Efficiency Programme: Phase 2

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with King Abdul-Aziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) – Saudi Energy Efficiency Centre (SEEC) launched Phase Two of the National Energy Efficiency Programme, with a total budget of $2,373,586 And a one year duration starting from1st of January 2012 and ending by 31st of December 2012.

  • 05 May 2012
    80% of traffic project implemented, says Ministry

    Kuwait has marked its commitment to improving traffic initiatives last week. In collaboration with UNDP Kuwait, the Ministry of Interior and the Government have ensured the implementation of the UN resolutions for improving road safety in the country. The event marked the first anniversary of the integration of the plan concerning the advancement of national traffic initiatives.

  • 02 May 2012
    Business Idea Competition UNDP Encourages Young Entrepreneurs in Blue Nile State

    Khartoum- As part of UN Joint Programme on Youth Employment, UNDP continues to support the new business initiatives that link the youth with sustainable employment opportunities. UNDP launched a second phase of Business Ideas Competition for youth in the Blue Nile State, upon successful completion of similar contest in North & South Kordofan States. The Competition awards start-up micro-grants for successful and innovative small business ideas prepared by aspiring young entrepreneurs.

  • 02 May 2012
    Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between UNDP and BankMed

    With the common aim of raising awareness on the environmental challenges, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and BankMed signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 30th at UNDP’s premises.

  • 02 May 2012
    Empowering pioneer women and developing their capacities

    In Cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme/ MDG Framework project, the Lebanon Family Planning Association (LFPA) organized a training workshop entitled “Empowering pioneer women and developing their capacities”. Funded by “ Senteurs d’Orient”, this workshop took place from 17 to 21 April 2012 at the Association premises in Choueifat.

  • 01 May 2012
    Making microfinance work for youth in Sudan- Microfinance Unit Central Bank of Sudan and UNDP

    Khartoum – Today the Central Bank of Sudan Microfinance Unit endorsed the recommendations proposed by United Nations Development Programme sponsored study on Making Microfinance policies in Sudan to serve the needs of young females and males between ages of 15-30 Years for “Youth Financial Inclusion Policy Reform”.

  • 29 Apr 2012
    Second consultative workshop to review and update the national fisheries sector strategy

    Sana’a- Under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Mohammad Salem Basendwa, Prime Minster of Yemen, the Ministry of Fisheries has conducted the Second Consultative Workshop to Review and Update the National Fisheries Sector Strategy in Sheba Hotel, in the period form 29 – 30 April 2012.

  • 25 Apr 2012
    The United Nations pays tribute to heroes of mine action in Iraq

    The United Nations today paid tribute to Iraqi mine action heroes for their role in demining and saving millions of lives in Iraq at an event held at the Military Prosthetic Limb Centre in Baghdad. The event was organized by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 25 Apr 2012
    Qatar and UNDP finalize agreement to set up Arab region anti- corruption initiative in Doha

    New York - The UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at UNDP, Ms. Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, visited His Excellency the Attorney General of the State of Qatar, Dr. Ali Ben Fetais Al Marri, in Doha this week to discuss ongoing efforts to promote transparent and accountable governance in the Arab region.

  • 25 Apr 2012
    Religious Leaders to direct dialogue towards sustainable development

    The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic affairs, in collaboration with UNDP Kuwait, has set up an initiative to gear some religious discourse in the way of sustainable development. The project has been created in order to promote local and public awareness of development and its advantages to the community and individuals. The initiative, titled "The Development Of Religious Discourse For Sustainable Development," will improve religious leaders' role in development and encourage the participation of the public through a series of workshops geared to provide the necessary understanding of development and its impact on society.

  • 24 Apr 2012
    Completion ceremony of Jordan’s obligation under the anti-personnel mine ban convention ‘to clear all known minefields on its territory’

    Statement by Ms. Amat Alsoswa UNDP, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for the Arab States on the occasion of the Completion Ceremony of Jordan’s obligation under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention ‘To clear all known minefields on its territory’ - Dead Sea

  • 24 Apr 2012
    Jordan first Arab country free of landmines

    Today, Jordan marked a historical milestone. It is the first country in the Middle East to meet the deadline set by the Ottawa Mine-Ban Treaty and declare itself free of landmines.

  • 22 Apr 2012
    Launch of the Iraq deprivation report 2011

    In partnership with UNDP, the Ministry of Planning launched the Iraq Deprivation Report 2011 in Baghdad. This report is the second deprivation study that used the Unmet Basic Needs methodology, and shows that 30% of the Iraqi households live in deprived conditions and that 4% of them suffer from severe deprivation.

  • 19 Apr 2012
    Egyptians learn from transition to democracy and social, economic advances in Brazil

    A delegation of Egyptian business leaders and governmental officials wrapped up a two-day visit to Brazil this week and are heading to Chile to learn how the two South American countries transitioned to democracy in the 1980’s and 1990’s respectively, following two decades of military regime.

  • 19 Apr 2012
    Awareness raising workshop on family protection in Basra

    UNDP Iraq held a first of its kind awareness raising workshop in Basra on Family Protection. The workshop provided an overview of UNDP’s Family Support Justice and Security project and the Family Protection Unit in Basra. It identified gaps in treating victims of domestic and gender based violence including the role of Civil Society and the media.

  • 18 Apr 2012
    Energy subsidies in the Arab world costly & inefficent - report

    Six of the world’s ten largest energy subsidizers are found in the Arab world, led by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Each of these three countries charges their populations less than a third of international prices for fuel and electricity. While energy subsidies may be seen as achieving some of a country’s objectives, a new UNDP report 'Energy Subsidies in the Arab World' argues they are a costly and inefficient way of doing so.

  • 17 Apr 2012
    About 1,000 innovative business ideas win access to finance in North and South Kordofan states in Sudan

    April 17th marked the Award Ceremony of Business Idea Competition held in El-Obeid City the capital of North Kordofan State. As part of joint MDGs Spanish Fund project for creating Youth Employment in Sudan, UNDP partnered with SUDIA, a local NGO, to organize a Business Ideas Competition for youth.

  • 17 Apr 2012
    Launch of the rehabilitation phase of the Palestinian red crescent society hospital in Gaza

    Gaza – As part of their continuing effort to combat poverty and hunger, representatives from India, Brazil and South Africa, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRSC) signed an agreement in the amount of one million Dollars to rehabilitate the PRCS building in the Gaza Strip.

  • 12 Apr 2012
    Launching event of 'the bus takes the podium: voyages in the memory of Lebanon and its people”

    Under the patronage of H.E Lebanese Prime Minister Mr.Najib Mikati and on the eve of the 37th anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war, the United Nations Development Programme - “Strengthening Civil Peace in Lebanon” Project and UMAM Documentation and Research in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon are organizing a launch event of “The Bus takes the podium: voyages in the memory of Lebanon and its people” initiative on Thursday, April 12, at 11:00 am in UMAM’s Hangar in Haret Hreik, near Al Imam Al Mehdi Mosque. H.E Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Adnan Mansour representing H.E Prime Minister Mr. Najib Mikati, UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Robert Watkins, Acting Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon Mr. Diego Escalona Paturel, UMAM D&R’s Director Mr. Lokman Slim, ministers, parliamentarians, ambassadors, UN agencies representatives and civil society activists will participate in this event. During the ceremony, attendants will visit the Ain el Rummanneh bus which triggered the civil war 37 years ago.