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  • 11 Oct 2010
    Prime Minister Salam Fayyad inaugurates the Jericho Agro-Industrial Road project funded by the government of Japan and implemented by UNDP

    Jerusalem– A new road connecting the Jericho wholesale market and the future agro industrial zone was inaugurated today in Jericho in addition to the laying of a cornerstone for the future site of the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park (JAIP). The projects funded by the Government of Japan in the amount of US$ 3.1 million are slated to support the (JAIP) project.

  • 23 Sep 2010
    Egypt’s Development Efforts Assessed

    Cairo – This week, Egypt presented its report on the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), entitled: Egypt’s Progress Towards Achieving the MDGs 2010 at the MDGs Review Summit convening at the United Nations General Assembly. The heads of State and Government, have gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York from 20 to 22 September 2010 to reaffirm their commitment to work together for a better world. With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend the summit to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.

  • 23 Sep 2010
    Inauguration of two environment projects in Marjeyoun Kada

    UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon in collaboration with the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) will be hosting the inaugurations of two projects in Marjeyoun Kada.

  • 16 Sep 2010
    The inauguration of two water maintenance centers in Tyre and Taibeh

    On Thursday, UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon, and in collaboration with the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), will be hosting the inaugurations of the water maintenance centers in Tyre and Taibeh in South Lebanon.

  • 15 Sep 2010
    Regional consultation meeting, Syria

    Damascus- Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr Kawkab Soubah Dayeh, the Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, The United Nations Development Programme is organizing a Regional Consultation Meeting on “Climate Change Impacts in the Arab Region – Water Scarcity, Drought and Population Mobility” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus.

  • 08 Sep 2010
    Syria MDG Report: The main challenge is environmental degradation

    Syria has made substantive progress on school enrollment and reducing child deaths, according to the country’s recently published third national Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report.

  • 08 Sep 2010
    Syria MDG report: the main challenge is environmental degradation

    Syria has made substantive progress on school enrollment and reducing child deaths, according to the country’s recently published third national Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report.

  • 25 Aug 2010
    Kuwait contributes US$1 million to United Nations' work in Haiti

    New York – The Government of Kuwait has contributed US$1 million to support the work of the United Nations in the Haiti post-earthquake recovery process. The money will go toward UNDP’s livelihood programme, specifically in the area of debris removal and the creation of micro-enterprise projects.

  • 16 Aug 2010
    Syria's markets benefit from UNDP

    Throughout the Middle East, souqs, or markets, have historically been the centre of a city’s culture and livelihood. Centuries of use, however, have taken their toll on many of these traditional marketplaces in the region, from crumbling walls and falling ceilings to fewer sellers and goods.

  • 10 Aug 2010
    Report acknowledges need for development in Iraq

    BAGHDAD - In a report published today, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations presented the progress made in a number of areas towards achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Iraq. These areas are: reducing hunger and child mortality and promoting gender equality. However, there is slower progress reported in other crucial areas: enrolment in primary education, unemployment and access to safe and reliable water and sanitation services.

  • 10 Aug 2010
    Report acknowledges need for development in Iraq

    BAGHDAD - In a report published today, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations presented the progress made in a number of areas towards achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Iraq. These areas are: reducing hunger and child mortality and promoting gender equality. However, there is slower progress reported in other crucial areas: enrolment in primary education, unemployment and access to safe and reliable water and sanitation services.

  • 02 Aug 2010
    Japan offers 8.17 million USD to support referendum in Sudan

    Khartoum - The Government of Japan will provide a contribution to the UN in the amount of approximately $8.17 million to assist the conduct of the referenda in Sudan. The contribution will be channeled through the Referenda Basket Fund managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The funding will enable critical assistance to the newly established Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, and support key activities such as voter registration, civic and voter education, media training, domestic observation, assistance to protection and active participation of women, and strengthening of the Joint Integrated Police Units in Abyei.

  • 30 Jul 2010
    UNDP Administrator deeply saddened by fatal bus crash in Jordan

    Ms. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, is deeply saddened by the tragic bus accident yesterday evening in Jordan. The crash claimed the lives of five persons and a number of others were injured en route to the Dead Sea.

  • 26 Jul 2010
    UN rolls out new initiative for conflict prevention in South Kordofan and warrap states

    Khartoum, a new UN Joint Programme on peace-building and conflict prevention is set to make a start in South Kordofan and Warrap. The initiative involves the Government of National Unity, the Government of Southern Sudan, and eight international agencies based in Sudan and is backed by the Spanish Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Achievement Fund.

  • 08 Jul 2010
    Water well upgrades offer solution for Syria's drought-hit northeast

    An innovative approach to water resource management in Syria is estimated to be helping 18,000 people hit by a three-year long drought.

  • 08 Jul 2010
    Saudi Arabia: New project will change urban landscape

    UNDP and the Government of Saudi Arabia last month launched a new project that would guide the shape and pace of urbanization that is set to change the Kingdom’s development landscape over the next decade.

  • 05 Jul 2010
    UNDP launches training for Palestinian leaders and journalists on covering HIV and AIDS

    Bethlehem – 25 journalists and 100 Palestinian representatives from the national HIV and AIDS committee, civil society, UN agencies and religious leaders began a three day workshop on strengthening the response to HIV and AIDS in the occupied Palestinian territory.

  • 28 Jun 2010
    New youth labour market survey: need for promoting self-employment in three states of north

    Khartoum, Self-employment is an effective antidote to counter the rising problem of youth unemployment in the three Northern States of South Kordofan, North Kordofan and Blue Nile State. Technical and vocational training institutions are in place throughout the three states, however, in most cases these institutions are in dire need of upgrading their physical infrastructure, their training equipment and their curriculum. These technical schools when adequately rehabilitated will ensure a steady supply of young and skilled workers with vocations that are suited to the local demands of the markets in each of the three states. These are just some of the findings from a Youth and Labour Market Survey, released here today. The findings were released at a Workshop that was inaugurated by the Federal Minister of Youth and Sports, H.E. Mr. Haj Magid Siwar.

  • 28 Jun 2010
    Lebanese expatriates carry out development projects in their homeland

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)–LIVE LEBANON project is organizing a press conference to announce the implementation of several development projects in the Beirut southern suburbs as well as the North and South of Lebanon. The press conference will take place on Monday 28th of June at 10:00am at the premises of the Syndicate of Press in Ain el Tineh, Beirut.

  • 21 Jun 2010
    Workshop on safeguards against torture and other ill-treatments

    The Kingdom of Bahrain re-confirmed its commitment to the protection of human rights by hosting a two-day workshop on Safeguards against Torture and Other Ill-treatments. The aim of the workshop was to deepen the understanding and functioning of safeguards against torture as they are enshrined in international law and to encourage participants to reflect on national law and practice in the light of these international standards.