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  • 21 Jan 2011
    Helen Clark visits Socotra; Applauds Rosh community for Biodiversity

    Socotra, Yemen — On her second day in Yemen, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visited the Archipelago to present the Equator Prize to the Rosh Protected Area Community.

  • 19 Jan 2011
    Development of national childhood strategy

    For the first time in the Kingdom of Bahrain, a National Childhood Strategy will be finalized that will ensure Bahrain’s sustainable development by addressing the rights of children and their access to healthcare, education and protection mechanisms, as well as their participation in decisions affecting them.

  • 20 Dec 2010
    In Syria, UNDP helps to launch "interactive schools"

    20 December 2010, Damascus, Syria — UNDP has partnered with a multinational energy company and the government to introduce “interactive” schools, bringing closer students, parents and teachers through information and communications technology.

  • 19 Dec 2010
    European Commission and UNDP to a develop a regional Crisis Response Centre at the League of Arab States

    he European Commission has signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to set up a regional Crisis Response Centre and Warning System at the League of Arab States. The Centre aims strengthening the capacities of the Arab region in crisis prevention and response through enhanced cooperation between the Secretariat General of the League of Arab States (SGLAS), the European Commission (EC) and the UNDP.

  • 14 Dec 2010
    Arab countries can achieve MDGs by 2015

    The Arab region has achieved progress in many MDGs, including significant strides in health and education, says a recently launched UN Report. However, there have been setbacks and constraints attributable to several factors, including the relatively poor economic performance in the 1990s and early 2000s, inadequate financing of social policies, and increasing political tensions and conflicts.

  • 12 Dec 2010
    UNDP organizes first forum on legislative coordination in a federal system in Sudan

    Ensuring the proper implementation of a decentralized governance system in Sudan, was the main theme of the first forum on “Legislative Coordination in a Federal System” held in Khartoum on 12-13 December 2010.

  • 10 Dec 2010
    Human Rights Day 2010 marked in Bahrain

    On the occasion of Human Rights Day, H.E. Dr. Nezar Al Baharna, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, launched the Government of Bahrain Report entitled “Foreign Workers and Labour Conditions in Bahrain”. The report details some of the issues related to foreign workers in the Kingdom, such as recruitment fees, wages, excessive work, passport and mobility as well as other forms of physical and psychological abuse. It further features solutions and protections currently available in the Kingdom, as well as future pledges for further improving working and living conditions of foreign workers in Bahrain. The Report was prepared in joint consultation with the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, LMRA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the support of UNDP within the framework of the UPR Project.

  • 29 Nov 2010
    National symposium on the rights of persons with disabilities

    A National Symposium on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was held in joint cooperation between the Ministry of Social Development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the National Committee for Disabled Persons Affairs. The symposium was convened to coincide with the Kingdom's celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.

  • 15 Nov 2010
    Lebanon hosts the fourth Mediterranean beekeeping forum

    Under the patronage and in the presence of H.E Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Hussein Haj Hassan, UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon (AGL) hosted the Fourth Mediterranean Beekeeping Forum in Beirut, Lebanon on November 11th and 12th, 2010. The Forum was initially established in Foligno, Italy in 2007 in collaboration with the Association of Umbrian Beekeepers (APAU), FELCOS Umbria, Foligno Municipality and ART Initiative.

  • 10 Nov 2010
    Cluster munitions maim and kill Iraqis every day

    Iraq - Every year hundreds of Iraqis are killed or maimed by cluster munitions and landmines, due to Iraq’s contamination of millions of explosive remnants of war (ERW). According to Iraqi figures, the contamination claimed 14,000 victims between 1991 and 2007, while in the three Kurdish governorates the estimated number of victims (both injuries and deaths) was 8,174 between 1991 and 2008.

  • 14 Oct 2010
    "Lebanon is getting ready” for Disaster Risk Reduction

    Recent natural disasters in the world reminded all countries of the importance of disaster risk reduction and management to avoid human devastation and escalating economic losses. Lebanon is not an exception as it is also subjected to earthquakes, floods and forest fires which threaten lives, livelihoods, homes, basic social services and community infrastructure.

  • 08 Sep 2010
    Syria MDG Report: The main challenge is environmental degradation

    Syria has made substantive progress on school enrollment and reducing child deaths, according to the country’s recently published third national Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report.

  • 08 Sep 2010
    Syria MDG report: the main challenge is environmental degradation

    Syria has made substantive progress on school enrollment and reducing child deaths, according to the country’s recently published third national Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report.

  • 25 Aug 2010
    Kuwait contributes US$1 million to United Nations' work in Haiti

    New York – The Government of Kuwait has contributed US$1 million to support the work of the United Nations in the Haiti post-earthquake recovery process. The money will go toward UNDP’s livelihood programme, specifically in the area of debris removal and the creation of micro-enterprise projects.

  • 16 Aug 2010
    Syria's markets benefit from UNDP

    Throughout the Middle East, souqs, or markets, have historically been the centre of a city’s culture and livelihood. Centuries of use, however, have taken their toll on many of these traditional marketplaces in the region, from crumbling walls and falling ceilings to fewer sellers and goods.

  • 10 Aug 2010
    Report acknowledges need for development in Iraq

    BAGHDAD - In a report published today, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations presented the progress made in a number of areas towards achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Iraq. These areas are: reducing hunger and child mortality and promoting gender equality. However, there is slower progress reported in other crucial areas: enrolment in primary education, unemployment and access to safe and reliable water and sanitation services.

  • 08 Jul 2010
    Water well upgrades offer solution for Syria's drought-hit northeast

    An innovative approach to water resource management in Syria is estimated to be helping 18,000 people hit by a three-year long drought.

  • 21 Jun 2010
    Workshop on safeguards against torture and other ill-treatments

    The Kingdom of Bahrain re-confirmed its commitment to the protection of human rights by hosting a two-day workshop on Safeguards against Torture and Other Ill-treatments. The aim of the workshop was to deepen the understanding and functioning of safeguards against torture as they are enshrined in international law and to encourage participants to reflect on national law and practice in the light of these international standards.

  • 09 Jun 2010
    Supporting the development of the national childhood strategy and the national strategy for persons with disabilities for the Kingdom of Bahrain

    The Ministry of Social Development and UNDP signed a project document today to develop two national strategies; the National Childhood Strategy and the National Strategy for Persons with Disabilities. The agreement, which comes as a result of thorough discussions with different stakeholders, including government and non-government institutions, was signed by H.E. Dr. Fatima Al Balooshi, Minister of Social Development and Mr. Sayed Aqa, UNDP Resident Representative in Bahrain at a formal ceremony at the Ministry of Social Development premises. Also present at the signing ceremony were representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance.

  • 27 May 2010
    Signing of Bahrain Globalization Programme

    The second phase of the joint UNDP and Ministry of Industry and Commerce Globalization Programme entitled: ‘Support to Enhancing Institutional Capacity for Global Economic Environment and Governance’. The Programme Document was signed by H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro, Minister of Industry and Commerce and Mr. Sayed Aqa, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s premises.