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  • 09 Aug 2011
    Famine spreads to more areas in southern Somalia

    Three new areas in southern Somalia have deteriorated into a famine situation. These are parts of Middle Shabelle region, the Afgooye Corridor settlements home to roughly 400,000 displaced people since 2007, and parts of Mogadishu which are hosting displaced populations.

  • 29 Jul 2011
    UN calls for a further US$1.4 billion to assist Horn of Africa

    New York/Geneva -The United Nations today appealed for a further $1.4 billion dollars to provide life-saving assistance to more than 12 million people across the Horn of Africa.

  • 28 Jul 2011
    UNDP supports value chain development in Sudan

    Khartoum – In the framework of supporting microfinance sectors in Sudan and enhancing capacity building mechanisms of national and sub-national levels for value chain development in Sudan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Microfinance Unit (MFU) at the Central Bank of Sudan organized a five day workshop on July 24th on “Training on Inclusive Market Development with a Focus on Value Chains and Access to Finance.”

  • 27 Jul 2011
    UNDP calls for full engagement with youth to boost development

    New York – The international community, governments and the private sector need to work more closely with people between the ages of 15 and 24 to build on their social commitment and support entrepreneurship

  • 13 Jul 2011
    United Nations to scale-up relief for East Africa drought

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called for an urgent scale-up in assistance for the millions affected by drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda.

  • 12 Jul 2011
    Signing a memorandum of understanding between the United Nations Development Programme and Senteurs d’Orient

    The United Nations Development Programme Lebanon signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Private Sector company Senteurs d’Orient. This MoU aims at promoting women educational/training programs for income generation.

  • 22 Jun 2011
    Ministry of foreign affairs and emigrants and UNDP sign a new project: 'support to the second meeting of state parties to the convention on cluster munitions”

    H.E. Mr. Adnan Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, and the UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Robert Watkins will sign a project document entitled “Support to the Second Meeting of State Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions”. The ceremony will take place today, Wednesday June 22nd at 3:30pm, at the premises of the ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut

  • 22 Jun 2011
    Arab States transitions must be locally led and driven, says UNDP chief

    Washington, D.C. — Reforms under way in Arab countries will succeed only if they are driven from within each country, but the international community can provide concrete support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said today.

  • 06 Jun 2011
    Two-day forum examines democratic transitions

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Prime Minister of Egypt Essam Sharaf, inaugurated the “International Forum on Pathways of Democratic Transitions: International Experiences, Lessons Learnt and the Road Ahead,” in Cairo which ran from 4 – 5 June.

  • 04 Jun 2011
    Youth can be a formidable force for development in the new Egypt

    Cairo – The challenges which Egypt currently faces are not confined to achieving a smooth transition through building representative and responsive political institutions. Charting a new course for social and economic development which reduces poverty, creates decent work – including for young people, and achieves equity is also high on the agenda. This was the conclusion of a youth-oriented workshop held today under the title: "Social and Economic Challenges in Egypt: Policies required to develop the Economy and achieve Social Equity."

  • 03 Jun 2011
    Opportunities for economic and political inclusion in the Arab Spring

    In recent months, millions of people came onto the streets of a number of Arab States demanding change.

  • 24 May 2011
    Lebanon kick off solar powered schools

    Beirut - Teachers and students at 25 public schools in South Lebanon are to benefit from a constant supply of electricity to their offices and classrooms following installation of solar panels that provide an alternative to expensive and polluting diesel generators.

  • 23 May 2011
    Water access boosts crop production and incomes in Sudan's rural east

    Khartoum - More than 1,000 farmers living in northeast Sudan now have increased harvests and income due to water irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 15 May 2011
    Pre-launching of the national Youth Strategy 2011 – 2015

    The UN House hosted the pre-launching event of the National Youth Strategy 2011 – 2015. In his statement on the occasion, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Sayed Aqa said that the strategy was the result of a fruitful partnership between the General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) and through it with ministries, the private sector and civil society. Mr. Aqa reinforced the importance of investing in youth saying that nations should consider “young generation as the citizens of today and not only the generations of tomorrow.”

  • 11 May 2011
    UNDP present on the ground in Lebanese American University and Beirut Arab University

    Lebanon - Eighteen UN agencies gathered on the 27th of April at the Lebanese American University (LAU) Beirut Campus for the LAU–UN Day to inform students about their missions, mandates and goals.

  • 11 May 2011
    UNDP sign a project with Government to establish capacity development facility in Kingdom of Bahrain

    The Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) representing Government of Bahrain and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a three-year project to jointly establishing a facility for capacity development to assess and enhance productivity in the public sector. Dr. Raed Benshams, Director General of BIPA signed on behalf of the government of Bahrain, while Mr. Sayed Aqa, Resident Representative signed on behalf of UNDP. All Arabic and English local newspapers were presented in the event.

  • 09 May 2011
    UNDP benefits from the sun and implements photovoltaic system for lighting in public schools in South Lebanon

    Lebanon - Teachers and students in public schools of South Lebanon will now benefit from constant electricity power in their classrooms and hallways and will be able to run photocopy machines and computer systems, thanks to photovoltaic panels installed by the Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration Project for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO).

  • 05 May 2011
    Inauguration of photovoltaic system for lighting in Public schools

    On Thursday May 5th, 2011 the Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration Project for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO), which is a UNDP-managed project funded by the Government of Spain through the Lebanon Recovery Fund, is organizing the inauguration of “photovoltaic systems for lighting in public schools in Lebanon” at the public school of Kfour, in the South, at 11am.

  • 03 May 2011
    Saudi Arabia provides US$5m for displaced in Pakistan

    Riyadh – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided US$5,397,300 to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for efforts in Pakistan to assist those uprooted in recent years.

  • 02 May 2011
    Election experts gather to help Arab States conduct polls

    Cairo – More than 50 experts from Arab states and from India, Mexico and South Africa gathered in Cairo to help conduct fair and transparent elections in the North African and Middle Eastern countries currently undergoing historic change.