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  • 27 Jan 2014
    New constitution a historic landmark on journey to democracy for Tunisia

    Tunisia - Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted a new democratic constitution for the country by an overwhelming majority, following a peaceful and inclusive process, supported by UNDP, which saw engagement and dialogue from a wide political spectrum across the country.

  • 15 Jan 2014
    UNDP: National leadership key to effective responses to the Syria crisis in neighboring countries

    Kuwait City– United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Chair of the Arab States/Middle East and North Africa Regional United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Sima Bahous appealed to the international community to scale-up investment in national development processes to mitigate the impact of the Syria crisis on neighbouring countries. Bahous made her appeal at a special event organized today in Kuwait City, within the framework of the Kuwait II International Pledging Conference for Syria.

  • 15 Jan 2014
    Sima Bahous: How neighbouring countries are responding to the Syria crisis: Resilience, stabilization & solidarity

    I am pleased to welcome you to this important event in my capacity as Chair of Arab States/Middle East and North Africa Regional United Nations Development Group (R-UNDG). Today we will be presented with an overview of the National Response Plans of the Governments of Jordan and Lebanon to the Syrian refugee crisis, a crisis that continues to become more and more pronounced as a story of unspeakable human tragedy.

  • 09 Jan 2014
    Host communities support platform set to endorse government-led national resilience plan

    Amman - The Host Communities Support Platform (HCSP), chaired by the Minister of Planning, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Saif convened a meeting on Thursday 9th January 2014 to endorse the Government’s National Resilience Plan (NRP). The NRP provides a strategic framework for Jordan’s response to the impact of the Syria crisis, with a focus on supporting Jordanian host communities in the most affected areas of the Kingdom.

  • 08 Jan 2014
    Partners discuss UNDP’s US$166 Million Resilience-based Development Response to the crisis in Syria and neighbouring Countries

    Amman – Development partners from 18 countries and the EU meeting in Amman today agreed that the Kuwait II Pledging Conference for Syria, slated for 15 January 2014, should encompass support for critical development efforts to compliment the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria and its spill over impacts on neighbouring countries. The meeting which brought together partners with long-standing experience and knowledge of the region and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Directors from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey endorsed UNDP’s Resilience-based Development Response in support of people and communities affected by the Syrian crisis in the five countries.

  • 28 Dec 2013
    A new study warns of risk on infrastructure components in Petra

    A study released this week warned of a marginal risk on buildings, roads and infrastructure components in the Petra region due to the anticipated level of seismic hazard in the area, in addition to potential risk in case of flash floods, landslides and rock slides in certain locations.

  • 24 Dec 2013
    Swedish and UNDP signed a cost sharing agreement to support transitional justice

    The UNDP's Acting Resident Representative Mr. Mahamed Hassen and Mr. Anders Frankenberg, Head of MENA Unit of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) signed a Cost Sharing Agreement through which the SIDA will donate SEK 14,000,000 ($ 2,1 million, approximately) to support the Implementation of Transitional Justice Project in Yemen.

  • 24 Dec 2013
    Income generating through rehabilitation of historical old cities

    Tripoli, Libya- The United Nations Development programme and the authority of historical cities of Libya- Ministry of Local Government signed a project document on December 23, 2013to launch income generating activities through the rehabilitation of old historical cities in Libya.

  • 19 Dec 2013
    Sudan releases its first Human Development Report

    Khartoum - Sudan’s first-ever National Human Development Report (NHDR) launched today representing a significant milestone in Sudan’s path towards advancing human development.

  • 12 Dec 2013
    UNV launches report on perceptions and recommendations for youth volunteerism in Arab States

    Cairo, Egypt – In the occasion of International Volunteer Day, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has launched a report gathering findings, perceptions and recommendations on youth volunteerism in Arab states, as part of its regional project, Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future.

  • 11 Dec 2013
    Quota necessary for a “critical mass” of Arab women parliamentarians

    Algiers – Temporary special measures, including different forms of “quotas,” are still needed in the Arab region to guarantee women’s representation in major legislative and governance bodies, in enough numbers to influence decision making, agreed over 450 participants in the international Conference on “Effective and Sustainable Participation of Women in Elected Assemblies,” which concluded two days of deliberations in Algiers today.

  • 10 Dec 2013
    South Kordofan: Towards new prospects of peace and development

    South Kordofan State is at a crossroads in several senses, one of the best ways to ensure it takes the path of peace, development, and prosperity is to work with its population as the true drivers for the needed change in the state.

  • 05 Dec 2013
    Building resources in democracy and electoral assistance training on gender and elections

    Cairo - The UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo organized the first regional BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy and Electoral Assistance) training on Gender and Elections in partnership with UN Women, institutional and civil society actors from 10 Arab countries participated in the training that took place from 1 to 4 December 2013 at Marriott Hotel.

  • 01 Dec 2013
    Signing of five agreements to address environmental challenges in Socotra

    Sana’a – A signing ceremony took place at United Nations Development Programme office in Sana’a between the Global Environmental Facility, Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) and five Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) from Socotra to implement specific interventions to address environmental challenges in their localities.

  • 30 Nov 2013
    UNDP Administrator visits Bahrain for launch of regional report on water governance

    Manama - The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), Helen Clark, just completed a visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the launch of the UNDP Regional Report, “Water Governance in the Arab Region: Managing Scarcity and Securing the future”, in the presence of H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifah, Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    Helen Clark: Speech at Launch of UNDP Regional Bureau of Arab State Report on “Water Governance in the Arab Region: managing scarcity and securing the future”

    For sustainable and equitable access to improved water and sanitation services to be achieved, the Report launched today emphasizes the need to focus not only on increasing the supply of water, but also on promoting its efficient use and allocation. Accordingly, the Report argues that much greater attention must be placed on water governance and management

  • 28 Nov 2013
    Signing of a project document to strengthen parliamentary administration capacities in Libya

    UNDP Libya and the General National Congress (GNC) signed project document on November 28, 2013. The signing ceremony for the project, “Strengthening and Developing GNC Parliamentary Administration Capacities” was held at GNC’s headquarters in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    UNDP: Arab Water Crisis is, at its core, a matter of governance

    Manama – Water challenges must be addressed if the Arab region is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, attain prosperity, and reach a future of sustainable human development, says a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report launched today in Bahrain. Addressing water challenges now can also help strengthen resilience by managing the risk of potential crises that could result from inaction: such as unplanned migration, economic collapse, or regional conflict, according to the report entitled: “Water Governance in the Arab Region: Managing Scarcity and Securing the Future.”

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UNDP presents "Municipal Needs Assessment" Report in support to the Jordanian communities hosting Syrian refugees

    During a meeting chaired by HE the Minister of Municipalities Affairs, Eng. Wlid Almasri, and attended by the Country Director of UNDP, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, and the Director of the Local Development Directorate at the Ministry of Interior,The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented a Municipal Needs Assessment Report, conducted in Mafraq and Irbid Governorates from August to November 2013.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    The Right to Education: USD 3.8 million from the government of Norway to support the education system in East Jerusalem through UNDP

    Ramallah – On behalf of His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, Dr Saed Al Kony - Minister of Local Government announced the signing of a USD 3.8 million agreement to support the Right to Education in East Jerusalem project between the Government of Norway, represented by Hans Jacob Frydenlund, and UNDP’s Special Representative of the Administrator Frode Mauring.