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  • 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.

  • 17 Jan 2012
    UNGC Iraq network first general meeting and elections

    The First General Meeting of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Iraq Network was held in mid-December 2011 in Baghdad, at the Council of Ministers Secretariat (COMSEC), to agree on the action plan for the Iraq Network.

  • 16 Jan 2012
    United Nations calls for achieving sustainable energy for all

    New York - As the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All kicked off today, United Nations officials called on governments, the private sector and civil society to help expand energy access, improve efficiency and increase the use of renewables.

  • 16 Jan 2012
    Lebanon and the proportional representation system in the draft law of the 2013 parliamentary elections

    Under the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Lebanon Gen. Michel SULEIMAN, a full day conference entitled "Lebanon and the Proportional Representation System in the Draft Law of the 2013 Parliamentary Elections" was held on January 9, 2012 at the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel, Beirut. The invitation was addressed by H.E Gen. Marwan Charbel, Minister of Interior and Municipalities and organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of the Norwegian government

  • 12 Jan 2012
    Strong institutions, inclusive processes crucial for peace in crisis-affected countries

    New York —Building responsive institutions that deliver essential services and investing in inclusive political processes are among key ways to restore the social contract between states and citizens in crisis-affected countries, and consolidate peacebuilding gains.

  • 09 Jan 2012
    Meeting on mainstreaming HIV and health into UNDP’s practice areas

    Dubai – “Mainstreaming HIV & Health into UNDP’s Practice areas” which opened in Dubai, highlighted two factors, how to best identify opportunities to integrate HIV & Health in UNDP’s programs and projects, given the recent developments in the region, and the promotion of other health and non-health MDGs – particularly through cross-practice strategies.

  • 08 Jan 2012
    Rebeca Grynspan: Remarks at the Arab regional launch of the Human Development Report 2011

  • 03 Jan 2012
    Improving livelihoods and reducing environmental degradation in Somalia

    The Hawd Plateau is like many areas in Somalia. The landscape is arid. The sun, relentless and blinding, scorches the earth. Riverbeds are almost always dry, and livestock, the lifeblood of this country, seek cover from the heat under the thin shadows cast by Acacia trees.