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  • 27 Mar 2012
    Local NGO from east Sudan wins Equator prize for 2012

    As a result of partnership with “Strengthening Access to Justice and Confidence Building in Eastern Sudan” Project, Zenab for Women in Development, which operates in Gedaref (Eastern Sudan), has won this year’s Equator Prize on the support of community work toward achieving the MDGs.

  • 26 Mar 2012
    Arab region experts draw on UNDP support and declare new anti-corruption initiatives in Doha

    UNDP held two meetings for anti-corruption experts from the Arab region in partnership with the Public Prosecution of the State of Qatar. The meetings were hosted by the Qatar University College of Law in Doha.

  • 25 Mar 2012
    Palestinian Authority committed to strengthening Palestinian police accountability

    Ramallah - High-ranking officials from the Palestinian Authority (PA) and international partners opened a four-day workshop entitled Strengthening Palestinian Police Accountability together with the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Coordinating Office for Palestinian PoliceSupport (EUPOL COPPS) at the Red Crescent Conference Centre in Ramallah.

  • 23 Mar 2012
    Equator Prize winners announced, awards will be presented during Rio+20

    New York — The Equator Initiative announced yesterday the names of twenty-five local community groups to receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable development. The winners were selected from 812 nominations submitted by communities in 113 countries across the developing world.

  • 22 Mar 2012
    Urgent international action needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks, UN Secretary-General tells Istanbul forum

    UNDP’s first Global Human Development Forum starts today in Istanbul. Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked universal goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at the UN’s ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of development experts, civil society leaders and government officials at the first Global Human Development Forum here today.

  • 22 Mar 2012
    Kuwait celebrates successful Earth Hour

    In cooperation with Kuwait Global Warming Team, UNDP Kuwait supported the celebration of Earth Hour during Kuwait’s Environmental Month along with several other agencies and actors.

  • 20 Mar 2012
    UNDP Sudan celebrates Mother’s Day

    Staff at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)Sudan paid tribute today to their mothers, sisters, spouses and daughters in celebration of Mother’s day. Speeches were given, poetry recited and joyful signing accompanied the ceremony to mark this important day in everyone’s life. National and international staff members reminisced about their upbringing in different parts of the world only to agree on the central role played by mothers and the positive influence they had on everyone’s lives.

  • 15 Mar 2012
    Gulf Environment & Sustainable Development Forum

    For the third year in a row, UNDP, a sponsor of the Gulf Environment Forum, will be actively participating and supporting efforts aiming at protecting the environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Kishan Khoday, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will be delivering a keynote speech at the forum. The event will take place in Jeddah Hilton Hotel, during 25-27 March 2012.

  • 13 Mar 2012
    UNDP and Shell Iraq sign partnership agreement in southern Iraq

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Shell Iraq today signed an agreement to implement a range of development projects in Southern Iraq. The four year partnership aims to increase the number of local area development activities, promote local small and medium enterprises and provide vocational training to respond to the private sector’s needs.

  • 08 Mar 2012
    International Women's Day

    International Women’s Day 2012 focuses on the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.

  • 08 Mar 2012
    Rebeca Grynspan: Rural women want what we want

    Rebeca Grynspan highlights the role rural women play in ending food insecurity and extreme poverty at a live Facebook chat on International Women's Day 2012.

  • 08 Mar 2012
    SMS campaign in Missan gives citizens a voice

    Around 78% of Iraqis use mobile telephones and 12% own a personal computer. In the Missan governorate, staff utilised the rise in technology amongst Iraqis by using a Short Message Service (SMS) campaign to learn more about the needs of citizens to increase public participation in local development matters.

  • 05 Mar 2012
    Amat Al-Alim Alsoswa visits Yemen on an official mission

    Sana’a, Amat Al-Alim Alsoswa, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of United Nations Development Programme and Director of its Regional Bureau for Arab States, has arrived today to Sana’a for a three-day official mission that will last until Thursday 08 March 2012.

  • 01 Mar 2012
    Guidebook launched to promote women’s participation in politics

    Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties - A Guidebook to Promote Women’s Political Participation, which was launched by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Wednesday, provides best practices on how political parties can promote women’s participation in decision-making at all levels

  • 27 Feb 2012
    60 million Lebanese pounds for each winning municipality in the "Madinati Khadraa" competition

    Under the patronage and in the presence of the Director General of Administrative and Local Councils at the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, Mr. Khalil El Hajal, CEDRO project - United Nations Development Programme – announced the three winning projects in the "Madinati Khadraa" competition and distributed 60 million Lebanese Pounds to each winner to start implementing their environmental project in a small ceremony that took place at the UNDP premises.

  • 27 Feb 2012
    UNDP Iraq sponsors Iraq’s first human rights film festival

    UNDP Iraq in partnership with the UNAMI Human Rights Office and the Office of the Resident Coordinator sponsored Iraq’s First Human Rights Film Festival which opened in Baghdad on 25 February.

  • 24 Feb 2012
    UNDP meets with the speaker of Iraqi Parliament

    A delegation from UNDP, led by the Country Director, Mr. Peter Batchelor met with the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Mr. Osama Al Nujaifi in the Iraqi Parliament.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Yemen

    The Secretary-General congratulates the Yemeni people, including the youth who came out in high numbers, for their wide participation in yesterday’s presidential elections, a clear expression of their sincere desire for peaceful change. The Secretary-General commends the national authorities for the conduct of these elections which were held in a largely peaceful manner. He deplores, however, the acts of violence that occurred in some areas in the South.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    Yemen takes historic step as millions vote

    Sana’a - After months of chaos and the ghost of civil war, Yemen marked a new chapter Tuesday as millions of Yemenis voted to end the turmoil and move towards a new future. The presidential election is the first critical benchmark in a two-year transitional period, and voters turned out in large numbers, with many hoping that this election will bring a peaceful transition to democracy and development.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    "Nature's festival", a play to raise awareness on critical environmental issues

    800 students from the public elementary schools were gathered at the UNESCO palace on Monday 20th of February to watch the "Nature's Festival", a theatrical production organized by the UNDP Energy and Environment programme under the High Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Najib Mikati.