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  • 04 Nov 2010
    2010 Human Development Report analyses long-term development trends

    United Nations — Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI) trends in the 2010 Human Development Report, released here today.

  • 03 Nov 2010
    UNDP and the Government of Morocco Launch the Arab Climate Resilience Initiative Regional Forum

    Rabat, Morocco ― The Arab Climate Resilience Initiative Regional Forum opened here today, bringing together high-level officials from over fifteen Arab countries to build consensus around a future course of action on climate change in the Arab region. Over 100 participants are in attendance, including government officials, and representatives from regional organizations, the private sector, environmental organizations, research centers and multilateral institutions. The Forum is co-organized by UNDP and the Secretariat of State in Charge of Water and the Environment of the Government of Morocco.

  • 02 Nov 2010
    UNDP supports the general personnel council launch E-Government platform

    Ramallah – A new information portal which will improve the efficiency of the Palestinian civil service and allow online recruitment was launched today by the General Personnel Council (GPC), in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme.

  • 30 Oct 2010
    Launching of the national cancer treatment guidelines

    The United Nation Development Progaramme’s project “TOKTEN” and the Council of Development and Reconstruction (CDR) are organizing a workshop to launch the “National Cancer Treatment Guidelines” adopted by the Ministry.

  • 28 Oct 2010
    UNDP hosts mine action lessons learned workshop “strong commitment needed to make Sudan free of landmines by 2014”

    Khartoum – The landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) clearance assets developed in the form of Joint Integrated Demining Units have cleared 446 kilometre-long Babanusa-Wau railway line and more than 1,650 km of high priority roads in central and Eastern states of the country. This was stated at the Mine Action Capacity Development Lessons Learned Workshop, held here today. The aim of the workshop was to review and capture lessons learned in the field of mine action capacity development and come up with recommendations and priorities for future mine action capacity needs.

  • 26 Oct 2010
    Best opportunity in a generation to achieve MDGs in Sudan, says new report

    Khartoum – Sudan’s progress towards achieving the globally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been stalled due to the detrimental effects of past and continuing armed conflict in parts of the country. Significant financial and human resources needed to support government authority have caused a reduction or suspension of expenditure increases on essential or basic services to people.

  • 17 Oct 2010
    In the presence of the “Global Elders” delegation chaired by Mary Robinson UNDP signs an agreement with Palestinian NGO’s To empower women in Gaza

    Gaza – As a result of a recent UNDP social assessment survey, conducted in partnership with Gaza civil society organizations, to identify post conflict needs of different groups, including women, following the December 2008 war on Gaza, the United Nations Development Programme /Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed an agreement with four Women NGOs in the Gaza Strip to implement a US$350,000 project funded by the Government of Canada through CIDA.

  • 14 Oct 2010
    "Lebanon is getting ready” for Disaster Risk Reduction

    Recent natural disasters in the world reminded all countries of the importance of disaster risk reduction and management to avoid human devastation and escalating economic losses. Lebanon is not an exception as it is also subjected to earthquakes, floods and forest fires which threaten lives, livelihoods, homes, basic social services and community infrastructure.

  • 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.