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  • 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.

  • 21 Feb 2012
    Yemenis head to the polls to elect President

    Yemenis head to the polls today to bring a close to more than three decades of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule. These elections are a first step towards the implementation of the political transition agreement, based on the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, signed on November 23rd of last year to end months of protests, violence and political impasse.

  • 20 Feb 2012
    Raising awareness on critical environmental issues to 800 students:"Nature's Festival" Play

    Under the High Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Najib Mikati, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Energy and Environment programme – is launching a theatrical production entitled: “Nature’s Festival” on Monday, 20th of February at 10:00am at the UNESCO Palace. Representing the Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Nazem Khoury, Minister of Environment, will attend the opening ceremony alongside H.E. Spanish Ambassador Mr. Juan Carlos Gafo, the UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Robert Watkins, ambassadors and environmental NGOs, in addition to 800 students from the public elementary schools. The play targets children whose age range varies between 6 and 10 years old and aims to raise their awareness on the critical environmental issues and challenges that face Lebanon.

  • 20 Feb 2012
    UNDP Response to the Famine in Somalia

    In response to the famine, which was declared in July 2011, UNDP allocated US$ 3 million (including 1 million from Central Emergency Relief Fund - CERF) to rapidly expand its emergency employment generation activities to include affected areas. This included cash-for-work initiatives to rehabilitate community and rural assets, and improve purchasing power of food and other essential items for households. Activities were expanded to drought-affected communities in Bakol, Gedo, Hiran, Galgudud, Banadir regions and, particularly, in the Afgooye corridor in Southern Central Somalia.

  • 19 Feb 2012
    Democracy is necessary but not enough, says UNDP’s Arab Development Challenges Report

    Cairo – Economic issues, central to the Arab uprisings, trail behind political issues in the post-revolution public discourse between the State, civil society and the International community, asserts the Arab Development challenges Report 2011, discussed today in Cairo in a public meeting which brought together representatives of a wide range of Egyptian political forces, academia and development professionals. The Report warns that if economic challenges (particularly social justice) are not addressed properly, they risk thwarting Arab progress on democratic transitions.

  • 12 Feb 2012
    Jordan Ryan: Speech at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center, Qatar

  • 10 Feb 2012
    IRIN:YEMEN: despite its flaws election gives hope

    SANA'A - A presidential election to be held on 21 February in Yemen will open the door for a new chapter in the poorest and arguably most fragile country in the Arab world, says new Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Ba-Sindwa.

  • 03 Feb 2012
    Famine in Somalia may be over, but 2.3 million people still in crisis

    Nairobi, Kenya – The combination of a massive scale-up in humanitarian assistance and an exceptional harvest have helped relieve famine conditions in Somalia, but interrupting assistance risks these gains, according to analysis released today by the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET).

  • 01 Feb 2012
    Kuwait funds quake relief efforts in Eastern Turkey

    The Government of Kuwait has contributed US$ 250,000 to UNDP to finance relief operations in Van province, eastern Turkey, a region that was struck by two earthquakes in October and November last year.

  • 28 Jan 2012
    UNDP and WHO hand over first specialized TB Hospital to the Government of Iraq

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) handed over the first specialised Tuberculosis (TB) hospital to the Government of Iraq at a ceremony. The Hospital is located in the Sulimaniya Governorate, and will be supported by the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The KRG Minister of Health, Dr. Tahir Hawrami, and officials from the national TB programme in Baghdad, were also present at the ceremony.

  • 27 Jan 2012
    Norwegian United Nations worker held in Yemen, released unharmed

    Sana’a – The UN staff member, who has been held in Yemen since 15 January 2012, arrived today in a UN safe haven in Sana’a after he was released earlier in Ma’rib. He is in good health and is receiving standard medical examinations and psychological counselling. He has been in touch with his family and will be reunited with them in Norway soon.

  • 25 Jan 2012
    An integrated hydro-agricultural development plan for Marjeyoun

    The UNDP Hydro Agricultural Development Project for Marjeyoun Area, the Litani River Authority and the CIHEAM - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari – Italy organized on January 24th the first stakeholders meeting on an integrated hydro-agricultural development plan for the caza of Marjeyoun entitled: “Challenges and Achievements” at the Holiday Inn hotel in Verdun.

  • 24 Jan 2012
    Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Press Statement for Launch of UNDAF Process

    Sudan 2013-2016 Khartoum Distinguished Guests, Members of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen, Today we are officially launching the process, together with the Government of Sudan, to reach a United Nations Development Assistance Framework—fondly referred to as the UNDAF—for the period of 2013-2016. It is a participatory and consultative process, with several key steps and events that will culminate in the signing of a new UNDAF in May 2012. With high commitment and cooperation between the United Nations system and the Government, we will achieve our objective.

  • 19 Jan 2012
    Second phase of the Area Based Development Programme endorsed

    The Government of Iraq Partnership Committee endorsed on 19 December the Second Phase of the Area Based Development Programme.

  • 18 Jan 2012
    Legal Database Handed Over to Government

    During a ceremony in Beirut on 8 December 2011 UNDP Iraq handed over the Legal Database to the Government of Iraq represented by Higher Judicial Council. The project designed to collect and maintain the corpus of the Iraqi official legal documents provides easy access to the Iraqi legislations and their enforcement.

  • 18 Jan 2012
    Training on gender for Iraqi partners

    To bridge gaps in gender sensitive planning and service delivery at the sub-national level UNDP Iraq organised a three-week training with Iraqi partners to strengthen and promote better understanding of gender across federal, regional and local levels.