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  • 17 Aug 2014
    Yemeni Government Takes Serious Steps towards fighting poverty in the New Yemen

    Sana'a, The Government of Yemen requests support from the United Nations to accelerate progress on eradicating poverty. Under a joint leadership by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Local Administration, partners and stakeholders have been invited for a two day workshop to discuss the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs

  • 17 Aug 2014
    UNDP celebrates the 2014 International Youth Day in Egypt

    On the Occasion of the 2014 International Youth Day, on August 12, the United Nations (UN) and its partners seized the opportunity to emphasize the important role of youth in achieving sustainable development, highlighting their youthful energy, enthusiasm and creativity.

  • 13 Aug 2014
    UNDP assists the government of Lebanon, in partnership with IFC, to introduce new insolvency reforms

    UNDP Project “Public Policy Coordination Provided to the Office of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (OPCM) Assists the Government of Lebanon, in Partnership with IFC, to Introduce New Insolvency Reforms

  • 06 Aug 2014
    Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on Gaza

    UNDP welcomes the current ceasefire and expresses its hopes for an agreement which ends hostilities and civilian suffering while also laying a foundation for sustainable peace. UNDP is supporting the Palestinians to assess immediate needs and chart a path for recovery and human development.

  • 06 Aug 2014
    $4.5 million support towards Host communities and Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Beirut announced the donation of around $4.5 million from its Emergency Response Fund (ERF) targeting refugees from Syria and host communities in Lebanon during a press conference which took place on Wednesday August 6 2014 at the Ministry of Energy and Water.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    Addressing Crises and Inequalities key to Arab States Maintaining Human Development Progress

    Human development is improving in the Arab states with some countries showing very high development.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    Latest Human Development Index shows overall slowdown in growth

    Tokyo, 24 July 2014 — Levels in human development continue to rise – yet the pace has slowed for all regions and progress has been highly uneven, according to the latest Human Development Index (HDI) included in the 2014 Human Development Report “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”, published today by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 16 Jul 2014
    Providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to vulnerable youth amongst the Syrian refugees and hosting communities in Dohuk and Erbil

    The continuing unrest and instability in Syria is increasingly impacting the internal situation of Iraq, and particularly of the Kurdistan Region which in May 2014 is hosting 220,000 Syrian refugees. While the economy in the Kurdistan Region remains strong, there are challenges to secure sufficient income for Syrian refugees living in non-camp settings.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    Competition for young Arabs to design cover of Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014

    Dubai, UAE : Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) in collaboration with the Regional Office for the Arab States in United Nations Development Programme, has launched a competition for young Arab talents to design the cover of the ‘Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014: Youth and Localization of Knowledge’, released by the Foundation and the UNDP.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    UNDP releases new study on vocational labor market

    Under the Patronage of H.E. the Minister of Labour the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today its newly released Report on Labour Market: “The Case of Vocational Training in Jordan”, at the Social Security Corporation/Headquarters in Amman

  • 13 Jul 2014
    Swiss Federal Councillor recognizes UNDP support to the local communities hosting Syrian refugees

    H.E. Swiss Federal Councillor Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga, Head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police was accompanied by the United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr. Edward Kollen and a high level delegation from Swiss government, Jordanian government and UNDP to a field visit to witness on-site activities in Mafraq governorate.

  • 10 Jul 2014
    A response to the needs and priorities of Host Communities in Arsal

    In order to better understand the needs of the village of Arsal, the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico and UNHCR organized a visit to the area on July 10 2014.

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Japan and UNDP Egypt: Partnering for Youth Employment and Democracy Promotion

    The Government of Japan has been a key supporter of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) work in restoring peace, security and stability for countries in transition throughout the world. In the Arab region, Japan has quickly responded to the wave of change that began to sweep the region in late 2010 by launching a new initiative to help achieve stability and resilience during a time of transition

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Syria Crisis: Social cohesion in neighboring countries is now at risk

    The UNDP-ODI report —titled, “Towards a Resilience-based Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis” conducts a critical review of vulnerability criteria and frameworks used by humanitarian partners to address the Syria crisis. The report recognizes that the combination of refugee flows and decreased economic activity with Syria has altered the economic performance and fiscal health of countries in the region, affecting public finance, trade deficits and key economic sectors.

  • 06 Jul 2014
    Hajjah WASH activities receive Dutch contribution for scale-up

    Sana'a, a cost sharing agreement was signed between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNDP represented by Mr. Jeroen Verheul, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, and Mr. Paolo Lembo, UNDP Resident Representative for an amount of 500,000 euros dedicated to Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH).

  • 02 Jul 2014
    Egyptian corporate responsibility: The way forward

    Egyptian Corporate Responsibility Center (ECRC) in cooperation with the Industrial Modernization Centre (IMC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and SMEs organized a major event held on 22 June 2014 in Cairo under the title of “Egyptian Corporate Responsibility: The Way Forward” to present three case studies on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and their recommendations

  • 01 Jul 2014
    Sima Bahous: Opening statement at the Arab Integration -A Transformative Change for Sustainable Development

    I am honoured to take the floor after Her Excellency Dr. Rima Khalaf Hunaidi, who has done much to further the cause of Arab integration for sustainable development. And I am delighted to be in the company of each of you who each in her or his way is advancing this cause which we all hold so dear.

  • 01 Jul 2014
    Regional integration - the key to sustainable development in the Arab World

    New York – Increased regional integration is needed if the Arab States are to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a post-2015 development framework with sustainability at its core, said Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States, in remarks at UN Headquarters in New York

  • 30 Jun 2014
    Launching of the Green Roof at the Central Bank main branch in Hamra

    “Nearly 90% of the Lebanese population resides in cities across the country, with 0.8 square meter per person of green spaces available. The world health organization, however, recommends a minimum of 9 square meter of green space per person, and it is acknowledged that a city at an ideal standard would have between 10 – 15m² of green space per person.

  • 26 Jun 2014
    UNDP condemns the assassination of Salwa Bugaighis

    The Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme strongly condemns the assassination of the Libyan public figure and women’s rights activist Salwa Bugaighis.