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  • 24 Mar 2014
    Iraq - Working to End Domestic Violence Against Women Refugees of the Syria Conflict

    More than 2.5 million refugees have now fled the three-year conflict in Syria to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. The Kurdistan region of northern Iraq is home to some 225,000 displaced Syrians who have settled here in camps and amongst host communities, desperate to escape the ongoing bloodshed in their native country.

  • 17 Mar 2014
    Jordan – Supporting Youth Employment

    ahia Yousef al-Deques looks to the future with confidence. At eighteen years old, he has just completed a month of on-the-job training with electronics company LG. Yahia graduated last December from a vocational training programme established through a UNDP youth empowerment project in partnership with Jordan Career Education Foundation (JCEF).

  • 10 Mar 2014
    Lebanon – Reviving Markets and Stimulating the Local Economy

    The project to renovate the Al-Marj market was undertaken as part of UNDP’s efforts to respond to the impacts of the Syria crisis in the region, with a focus on helping communities cope with immediate needs, recover from setbacks, and sustain recovery through development gains over the long term. Renovation of the market benefited the host community as well as stimulating the local economy for Lebanese and Syrians alike.

  • 27 Jan 2014
    Thirty youth center representatives receive training in Volunteer Management in Egypt

    Cairo, Egypt – Thirty youth centers representatives from 17 governorates of Egypt are in Cairo to participate in the first national Training of Trainers in Volunteer Management for youth centers, led by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

  • 27 Jan 2014
    New constitution a historic landmark on journey to democracy for Tunisia

    Tunisia - Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted a new democratic constitution for the country by an overwhelming majority, following a peaceful and inclusive process, supported by UNDP, which saw engagement and dialogue from a wide political spectrum across the country.

  • 10 Dec 2013
    South Kordofan: Towards new prospects of peace and development

    South Kordofan State is at a crossroads in several senses, one of the best ways to ensure it takes the path of peace, development, and prosperity is to work with its population as the true drivers for the needed change in the state.

  • 05 Dec 2013
    Building resources in democracy and electoral assistance training on gender and elections

    Cairo - The UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo organized the first regional BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy and Electoral Assistance) training on Gender and Elections in partnership with UN Women, institutional and civil society actors from 10 Arab countries participated in the training that took place from 1 to 4 December 2013 at Marriott Hotel.

  • 30 Nov 2013
    UNDP Administrator visits Bahrain for launch of regional report on water governance

    Manama - The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), Helen Clark, just completed a visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the launch of the UNDP Regional Report, “Water Governance in the Arab Region: Managing Scarcity and Securing the future”, in the presence of H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifah, Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    Signing of a project document to strengthen parliamentary administration capacities in Libya

    UNDP Libya and the General National Congress (GNC) signed project document on November 28, 2013. The signing ceremony for the project, “Strengthening and Developing GNC Parliamentary Administration Capacities” was held at GNC’s headquarters in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 13 Sep 2013
    UNDP Egypt and Somalia receive awards for excellence in Human Development Reporting

    Khalid Malik, Director of the Human Development Report Office has announced the recipients of the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting.These awards, which are granted every few years, recognize thoughtful, innovative and influential human development reports from around the world.

  • 26 Aug 2013
    Providing free legal assistance for southern Iraq’s most vulnerable

    Vulnerable groups in southern Iraq will soon be able to access free legal services directly from the Basrah Justice Palace.

  • 12 Aug 2013
    Providing vital job-skills training for youth in Somalia

    Somalia is at a crossroads where decades of one of the world’s most complex and protracted conflicts have shaped a country of stark contrasts. Youth have consistently borne the brunt of the protracted conflict and, today, 73 per cent of Somalia’s population is below the age of 30, and 42 per cent is between 14 and 29 years.

  • 08 Jul 2013
    Fostering youth entrepreneurship and innovation in Yemen

    Sana’a - The United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Yemen launched today the Youth Innovation and Creativity Award, with vibrant participation of 600 youth, Government officials and the international community.

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