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  • 27 May 2014
    UNDP Iraq inaugurates its new office in Basrah

    Basrah – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, officially inaugurated UNDP’s sub-office for southern Iraq in Basra. Held at the premises of sub-office, the inauguration ceremony was attended by local officials and civil society leaders, including the Chief Justice of the Basra Appellate Court, the Head of the Police Force in Basra, the Head of the Development Committee of the Basra Provincial Council, and members of the Provincial Council.

  • 26 May 2014
    Funded by the government of Saudi Arabia UNDP raffles off 350 housing units to families in Gaza

    Gaza - With funding from the Government of Saudi Arabia, 350 families are the proud owners of houses handed over to them by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People in cooperation with the Municipalities of Rafah and Beit Lahia and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

  • 24 May 2014
    E-Missan: towards Iraq’s capital of technology

    Under the high auspices and with the participation of the Governor of Missan, Mr. Ali Dawai Lazim, a two-day consultative workshop on e-Missan Execution was held on 24-25 May in partnership with UNDP Iraq.

  • 22 May 2014
    Integrating environmental considerations into the industrial sector

    Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Environment, Mr. Mohammed Al Mashnouk, and Minister of Industry, Dr. Hussein Hajj Hassan, the Ministries of Environment and Industry have held along with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) a conference to announce the partnership on “Updating and completing the industries’ database” on Wednesday 21st, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Conference Hall at the Ministry of Environment.

  • 21 May 2014
    UNDP and CCCPA sign a project to improve peace and stability in Africa

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP signed today the second phase of support to the Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), funded by the Government of Japan. The project document was signed by UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Anita Nirody; Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation for Development Ambassador Omar Abou Aich, Director of the CCCPA Counsellor Ashraf Swelam.

  • 21 May 2014
    Crafting South Kordofan’s sirst locality development plan

    South Kordofan- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with South Kordofan state ministries and local authorities have kick started recently South Kordofan’s first ever Five Year Locality Development Plan. The plan aims to provide a roadmap for South Kordofan’s future social services by selecting as a pilot project Al Reef AlShargi locality.

  • 21 May 2014
    Sima Bahous: Lecture at Kyoto University "Towards Resilience in the Arab World"

    It is an honor to be here with you today in this center of excellence for the preparation of national and world leaders, the Shishu-Kan Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies. I thank the honorable Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of the Kyoto University, and Professor Hidetoshi Kotera, Executive Vice President, for their kind invitation and warm welcome to speak with you today.

  • 19 May 2014
    Funded by Japan and implemented by UNDP Beit Jala girls school celebrates the opening of its new building

    Bethlehem – Today marked an important step forward for girls in the Beit Jala School as they celebrated the inauguration of their new building in the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank. The school was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and the Municipalities of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.

  • 15 May 2014
    UNDP and UN Women sign a USD 29.5 million agreement with the Palestinian Ministries of Justice and Interior

    Ramallah - In a concerted effort to strengthen the rule of law and improve access to justice across the occupied Palestinian territory, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, UN Women and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 29.5 million agreement to support the establishment of a viable Palestinian state solidly based on the rule of law, human rights and justice.

  • 12 May 2014
    Study on women's roles in private sectors

    Nairobi - Although women make up over 60% of business owners in Somalia, they severely lack equal participation and representation in government and the private sector. Despite these obstacles, women across Somalia are challenging traditional barriers to representation and leadership in the private sector, according to a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study on the Role of Women in the Private Sector in Somalia presented today in Nairobi.

  • 09 May 2014
    Field simulation scenario on disasters response in byblos

    Within the scope of implementing the National Response Plan, the UNDP - Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers with the collaboration of the National Committee of Disaster Management and the Response Committee of the Caza of Byblos implemented a field simulation scenario on earthquake associated with a tsunami disasters management in Byblos City on May 8 2014.

  • 08 May 2014
    Launch of the national energy efficiency awareness campaign

    The National Center for Energy Research (NERC) / Royal Scientific Society (RSS) launched yesterday the National Awareness Campaign with the support and partnership of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote the use of the energy efficiency label of household electric appliances.

  • 07 May 2014
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Regional Director for Arab States and Resident Representative in Yemen visit officials in Aden and inaugurate UNDP Sub-Office in Aden

    Mr Mourad Wahba, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Regional Director for Arab States and Mr Paolo Lembo, Resident Representative visited on 7 May the Port city of Aden, accompanied by Ms. Mikiko Tanaka, Country Director. Their visit aimed at meeting with Governorate officials, to get briefings from Land Claims Settlements and Dismissals and Forced Retirement commissions, while also looking at longer term development solutions such as youth employment.

  • 04 May 2014
    Helen Clark: Statement at the Abu Dhabi Ascent: Conference In Support Of the UN Climate Summit 2014

    There is considerable global momentum on the need to halt deforestation and forest degradation. Success in this area will make a significant contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

  • 30 Apr 2014
    Sima Bahous: Lessons learned: Supporting inclusive political processes and institutions in the Arab States region

    I would also like to specifically acknowledge Belgium’s contribution to UNDP’s support to inclusive political processes, at a particularly critical juncture in the Arab region, when countries – such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen – witnessed unprecedented changes, and began their transition towards more democratic governance.

  • 28 Apr 2014
    UNV holds the first Regional Youth Volunteering Forum and opens dialogue on youth volunteering in the Arab region

    Marrakesh, Morocco – The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is organizing the first Regional Youth Volunteering Forum, in Marrakesh, on 29 and 30 April, bringing together partners from the public sphere, civil society and youth to strengthen the dialogue on youth volunteering in the Arab region.

  • 14 Apr 2014
    UNDP and Japan Expand Partnership for a Better Future in the Arab World

    New York —The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week launched the third phase of a major initiative in support of transition in the Arab States region, expanding the partnership to cover 14 countries with the addition of Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.

  • 09 Apr 2014
    UNDP and Kuwait Expand Partnership for Response to Syria Crisis

    New York —The State of Kuwait this week contributed US$2.5 million towards UNDP’s emergency support in Syria and neighboring countries.

  • 07 Apr 2014
    Regional coordination essential for effective crisis mitigation in the Arab region

    Amman – Crisis response officials from 20 Arab countries started in Amman today meetings of the first regional conference “Towards a Crisis Response Network in the Arab Region.” Over two days, the conference discusses means to enhance the regional architecture for crisis management in order to link and strengthen national institutions, operating procedures, and capacities in early warning and crisis response.

  • 06 Apr 2014
    UNDP launches its first-ever regional project to support Arab Women’s Participation in the Public Sphere, “Mosharaka”

    Amman – At the close of a 2-day consultation that brought together key women’s-rights stakeholders and activists from around the Arab region, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched its new regional project, “Mosharaka” –Arabic for participation. The project galvanizes efforts of government institutions, civil society–especially women-based organizations, human rights councils, the private sector, the League of Arab States and several UN agencies, to foster inclusive participation of Arab women in public life, including the political, economic and social spheres.