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  • 02 May 2012
    Empowering pioneer women and developing their capacities

    In Cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme/ MDG Framework project, the Lebanon Family Planning Association (LFPA) organized a training workshop entitled “Empowering pioneer women and developing their capacities”. Funded by “ Senteurs d’Orient”, this workshop took place from 17 to 21 April 2012 at the Association premises in Choueifat.

  • 25 Apr 2012
    Qatar and UNDP finalize agreement to set up Arab region anti- corruption initiative in Doha

    New York - The UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at UNDP, Ms. Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, visited His Excellency the Attorney General of the State of Qatar, Dr. Ali Ben Fetais Al Marri, in Doha this week to discuss ongoing efforts to promote transparent and accountable governance in the Arab region.

  • 25 Apr 2012
    Religious Leaders to direct dialogue towards sustainable development

    The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic affairs, in collaboration with UNDP Kuwait, has set up an initiative to gear some religious discourse in the way of sustainable development. The project has been created in order to promote local and public awareness of development and its advantages to the community and individuals. The initiative, titled "The Development Of Religious Discourse For Sustainable Development," will improve religious leaders' role in development and encourage the participation of the public through a series of workshops geared to provide the necessary understanding of development and its impact on society.

  • 24 Apr 2012
    Jordan first Arab country free of landmines

    Today, Jordan marked a historical milestone. It is the first country in the Middle East to meet the deadline set by the Ottawa Mine-Ban Treaty and declare itself free of landmines.

  • 22 Apr 2012
    Launch of the Iraq deprivation report 2011

    In partnership with UNDP, the Ministry of Planning launched the Iraq Deprivation Report 2011 in Baghdad. This report is the second deprivation study that used the Unmet Basic Needs methodology, and shows that 30% of the Iraqi households live in deprived conditions and that 4% of them suffer from severe deprivation.

  • 19 Apr 2012
    Egyptians learn from transition to democracy and social, economic advances in Brazil

    A delegation of Egyptian business leaders and governmental officials wrapped up a two-day visit to Brazil this week and are heading to Chile to learn how the two South American countries transitioned to democracy in the 1980’s and 1990’s respectively, following two decades of military regime.

  • 19 Apr 2012
    Awareness raising workshop on family protection in Basra

    UNDP Iraq held a first of its kind awareness raising workshop in Basra on Family Protection. The workshop provided an overview of UNDP’s Family Support Justice and Security project and the Family Protection Unit in Basra. It identified gaps in treating victims of domestic and gender based violence including the role of Civil Society and the media.

  • 18 Apr 2012
    Energy subsidies in the Arab world costly & inefficent - report

    Six of the world’s ten largest energy subsidizers are found in the Arab world, led by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Each of these three countries charges their populations less than a third of international prices for fuel and electricity. While energy subsidies may be seen as achieving some of a country’s objectives, a new UNDP report 'Energy Subsidies in the Arab World' argues they are a costly and inefficient way of doing so.

  • 22 Mar 2012
    Kuwait celebrates successful Earth Hour

    In cooperation with Kuwait Global Warming Team, UNDP Kuwait supported the celebration of Earth Hour during Kuwait’s Environmental Month along with several other agencies and actors.

  • 20 Mar 2012
    UNDP Sudan celebrates Mother’s Day

    Staff at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)Sudan paid tribute today to their mothers, sisters, spouses and daughters in celebration of Mother’s day. Speeches were given, poetry recited and joyful signing accompanied the ceremony to mark this important day in everyone’s life. National and international staff members reminisced about their upbringing in different parts of the world only to agree on the central role played by mothers and the positive influence they had on everyone’s lives.

  • 08 Mar 2012
    Rebeca Grynspan: Rural women want what we want

    Rebeca Grynspan highlights the role rural women play in ending food insecurity and extreme poverty at a live Facebook chat on International Women's Day 2012.

  • 08 Mar 2012
    SMS campaign in Missan gives citizens a voice

    Around 78% of Iraqis use mobile telephones and 12% own a personal computer. In the Missan governorate, staff utilised the rise in technology amongst Iraqis by using a Short Message Service (SMS) campaign to learn more about the needs of citizens to increase public participation in local development matters.

  • 01 Mar 2012
    Guidebook launched to promote women’s participation in politics

    Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties - A Guidebook to Promote Women’s Political Participation, which was launched by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Wednesday, provides best practices on how political parties can promote women’s participation in decision-making at all levels

  • 27 Feb 2012
    60 million Lebanese pounds for each winning municipality in the "Madinati Khadraa" competition

    Under the patronage and in the presence of the Director General of Administrative and Local Councils at the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, Mr. Khalil El Hajal, CEDRO project - United Nations Development Programme – announced the three winning projects in the "Madinati Khadraa" competition and distributed 60 million Lebanese Pounds to each winner to start implementing their environmental project in a small ceremony that took place at the UNDP premises.

  • 27 Feb 2012
    UNDP Iraq sponsors Iraq’s first human rights film festival

    UNDP Iraq in partnership with the UNAMI Human Rights Office and the Office of the Resident Coordinator sponsored Iraq’s First Human Rights Film Festival which opened in Baghdad on 25 February.

  • 24 Feb 2012
    UNDP meets with the speaker of Iraqi Parliament

    A delegation from UNDP, led by the Country Director, Mr. Peter Batchelor met with the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Mr. Osama Al Nujaifi in the Iraqi Parliament.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    Yemen takes historic step as millions vote

    Sana’a - After months of chaos and the ghost of civil war, Yemen marked a new chapter Tuesday as millions of Yemenis voted to end the turmoil and move towards a new future. The presidential election is the first critical benchmark in a two-year transitional period, and voters turned out in large numbers, with many hoping that this election will bring a peaceful transition to democracy and development.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    "Nature's festival", a play to raise awareness on critical environmental issues

    800 students from the public elementary schools were gathered at the UNESCO palace on Monday 20th of February to watch the "Nature's Festival", a theatrical production organized by the UNDP Energy and Environment programme under the High Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Najib Mikati.

  • 21 Feb 2012
    Yemenis head to the polls to elect President

    Yemenis head to the polls today to bring a close to more than three decades of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule. These elections are a first step towards the implementation of the political transition agreement, based on the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, signed on November 23rd of last year to end months of protests, violence and political impasse.

  • 03 Feb 2012
    Famine in Somalia may be over, but 2.3 million people still in crisis

    Nairobi, Kenya – The combination of a massive scale-up in humanitarian assistance and an exceptional harvest have helped relieve famine conditions in Somalia, but interrupting assistance risks these gains, according to analysis released today by the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET).