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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.