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  • 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.

  • 14 Nov 2013
    The Government of Italy contributes 3 million Euro in support of area C and East Jerusalem through UNDP

    Ramallah – His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah announced today a three million Euro contribution from the Government of Italy in support of the Facilitating Access to Infrastructure Resilience in Area C and East Jerusalem programme (FAIR) in the presence of H.E. Davide La Cecilia, Consul General of Italy and Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator.

  • 13 Nov 2013
    Protection of Syrian refugees in northern Iraq

    UNDP has launched activities to support Syrian women and girl refugees inside and outside refugee camps in Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah in response to the on-going crisis in Syria and the influx of refugees to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.

  • 13 Nov 2013
    The Netherlands enters into an agreement with UNDP to support transitional justice in Yemen

    SANA'A - a cost sharing agreement between the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNDP was signed on 13 November 2013 between Ms. Renate Pors Acting Charge’ d Affair and Head of Development Cooperation at the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Yemen and UNDP Acting Resident Representative Mr. Mahamed Hassen for an amount of $754,876 to support Transitional Justice Project in Yemen. This contribution will be dedicated for activities related to Civil Society Organizations, raising awareness on transitional justice and outreach.

  • 12 Nov 2013
    60 trainees complete business skills workshops in Jordanian governorates affected by the Syrian crisis

    UNDP and Ruwwad Micro-Venture Fund (RMVF) organized a graduation ceremony at the Greater Municipality Hall in Mafraq, for 60 trainees who successfully completed the first two rounds of “Planning your own Small Business” Training Workshops, as part of the “Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the Jordanian Host Communities" Project.

  • 06 Nov 2013
    Helen Clark visits UAE

    The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, just completed a three day visit to the United Arab Emirates focused on UAE’s work on sustainable development and climate change, development co-operation, and logistical support to facilitate humanitarian efforts.

  • 03 Nov 2013
    Sima Bahous: Opening Remarks at the Meeting of Regional United Nations Development Group – Arab States/ MENA and Partner Countries

    Members of the Arab States Regional United Nations Development Group met yesterday, together with colleagues from the World Bank, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and the Resident Coordinators for Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and of course Jordan. Enjoying the hospitality of Amman, we came together to discuss our approaches for supporting people, communities and States under stress as a result of the Syria conflict.

  • 03 Nov 2013
    Building resilience to save the future - UN agencies to scale-up their “development response” to the Syria crisis

    At the end of two days meetings, Regional Directors and Representatives of 22 agencies of the United Nations agreed to launch a collective “development response” to the Syria crisis.

  • 03 Nov 2013
    New help desk in Baghdad’s oldest court provides free legal assistance to women and most vulnerable

    A new legal help desk in Baghdad’s Rusafa Courthouse was inaugurated after Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council (HJC) partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Iraqi non-governmental organisation Dar Al Khibra to provide free legal services to indigent Iraqi citizens as part of a larger effort to strengthen the administration of and citizens’ access to justice in the country.

  • 02 Nov 2013
    Sima Bahous: Remarks at the Meeting of Regional United Nations Development Group – Arab States/ MENA

    I appreciate the flexibility of my colleagues and friends in the Regional United Nations Development Group (UNDG) in finding a new time for this meeting and for agreeing to meet on a Saturday. I acknowledge our guests at this meeting, in particular Margot Ellis, Nigel Fisher and Ferid Belhaj. We also have with us today the UN Resident Coordinators for Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

  • 02 Nov 2013
    Sima Bahous: Outcome Statement from the Meeting of Regional United Nations Development Group – Arab States/ MENA

    I want to sincerely thank all of you for the rich discussions we had, for your constructive comments on both sessions of the meeting. I am grateful for your commitment to move towards a more effective coordination mechanism to address the challenges of the Syrian Crisis and its spill-over

  • 02 Nov 2013
    A scaled-up “development response” to the Syria crisis is critical - now

    Amman- Regional Directors and Representatives of over 20 United Nations (UN) agencies started meetings today in Amman to discuss means to harmonize UN responses to the Syria crisis.

  • 31 Oct 2013
    The Innovation and Creativity Award winners announced in Yemen

    A press conference was convened today 31 October 2013 at Al-Bustan Hotel to honor the winners of the Youth Innovation and Creativity Award. Twenty eight youth from around Yemen were impatient for 31st of October the day, in which sixteen innovative and creative business ideas won the Youth Innovation and Creativity Award. The award rewards the youth innovative business ideas with $20,000 for each project. The winning projects will receive additional technical implementation support to ensure that there are successfully implemented.

  • 22 Oct 2013
    2014 State of Energy Report Launched between UNDP and Dubai

    The inaugural State of Energy Report for Dubai stands as an example of this effort, one of the world’s first sub-national reports to capture trends and opportunities in the drive for a sustainable energy future. Developed in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Dubai Carbon Centre for Excellence, the State of the Energy Report highlights the drive by Dubai to emerge as a centre of innovation, investment and technology in the Arab region.

  • 21 Oct 2013
    Livestock industry finds an alternate to charcoal in Somalia

    In the Karkaar region of Putland of Somalia, 3,500 households were provided with energy-efficient stoves and local enterprises have started sprouting around alternative energy industries providing job opportunities to many.

  • 21 Oct 2013
    Countering land degradation and water scarcity in Tafilalet

    Recognizing the need to safeguard the future of Tafilalet, UNDP, with support from the Government of Japan through the Africa Adaptation Programme and other partners, launched in 2007, a sustainable development project to counter the ecological, economic and social impact of land degradation and water scarcity.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    UNV launches first Volunteer Management Training of Trainers for 30 civil society representatives in the Arab region

    Rabat - The Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, under the umbrella of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, launches the first regional “Volunteer Management Training of Trainers”. Starting today in Rabat, Morocco, the workshop aims to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations in the Arab region.

  • 01 Oct 2013
    Sima Bahous: The Crisis in Syria is a Crisis for Development

    Good Afternoon. I am pleased to be here. I come from a region, and I represent a Region that is in crisis today. I also come and represent a UN Agency, UNDP, that is doing its utmost to help the region in its quest for democracy and human dignity. I will start with Syria and its spillover effect — the most immediate challenge.

  • 30 Sep 2013
    Humanitarian Response to Syria Must Address Development Crisis, Says UN Development Chief

    Geneva - While the need for life-saving humanitarian assistance for refugees and displaced peoples remains paramount, the international response to the Syria crisis must also include targeted development support, said the UN’s development chief Helen Clark today in Geneva.

  • 25 Sep 2013
    International community galvanizes support for Lebanon

    New York – The Syria crisis will cost Lebanon $7.5 billion in economic losses by the end of next year, according to a joint report prepared by the World Bank, the United Nations and the Government of Lebanon discussed at today’s inaugural meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon. The meeting was chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon