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  • 06 Feb 2013
    Arab Governments commit to strengthening youth volunteerism

    The Governments of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen have endorsed a project agreement with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to facilitate youth volunteerism as a positive and sustainable mechanism for social change. Their endorsement follows a year-long process of national consultations with youth in the region and marks the transition to the implementation phase of the project.

  • 31 Jan 2013
    New toolkit helps countries strengthen HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria response

    Geneva – A world-first online resource has been launched to help strengthen the ability of healthcare systems in developing countries respond to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

  • 30 Jan 2013
    The International Development Journal interviews RBAS Regional Director about development assistance after the “Arab Spring"

    Ms. Sima Sami Bahous, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS), visited Japan to attend the Strategic Policy Dialogue with the Government of Japan in mid-November. Although Egypt is still in confusion after “the Arab Spring”, economic development has started under new regimes across the Middle East region. The International Development Journal (IJD) interviewed Ms. Bahous about development assistance after the “Arab Spring.”

  • 28 Jan 2013
    Stories bring results to life in new "Development Advocate"

    The second, color issue of our newspaper-style publication, The Development Advocate, is out. It presents the 3 winning entries from the Arab States of UNDP’s second annual storytelling competition in an easy-to-read newspaper-style format.

  • 22 Jan 2013
    Strengthening ties with the Kurdish parliament to boost public sector modernization

    UNDP’s Iraq Public Sector Modernisation (I-PSM) Programme works to reform Iraq’s essential services in education, health, water and sanitation. As Phase Two of the programme begins, UNDP met with the President of the Kurdistan Region’s Parliament, Dr. Arsalan Baiz, as well as other members of government to reaffirm mutual commitments to the programme’s objectives.

  • 21 Jan 2013
    Enabling NGOs through interactive training

    As part of UNDP’s project on “Empowering civil society organisations in Iraq”, 35 local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from south, central and north Iraq were trained on proposal writing and project development. This is part of an innovative approach by UNDP to support potential grantee NGO consortia to develop their skills prior to submitting project proposals.

  • 20 Jan 2013
    Bringing innovation to youth employment generation in Yemen

    The United Nations Development Programme, Government of Yemen and Government of Japan launched the "3x6 approach" in Yemen for inclusiveness, ownership and sustainability.

  • 30 Dec 2012
    Training of future judges and prosecutors in Erbil

    As part of its support to the Judicial Training Institute in Erbil, UNDP hosted Spanish Judge Ms. Ana Maria Rubio Encina who is specialised in domestic and gender-based violence, to provide sessions at a training course for 41 potential Judges and Public Prosecutors.

  • 30 Dec 2012
    Iraqi arts mark Human Rights Day

    The Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights in cooperation with UNAMI, UNDP and OHCHR, marked International Human Rights Day under the theme “My Voice Counts”. The event took place at the UN compound in Baghdad.

  • 26 Dec 2012
    Live Lebanon and BBAC inaugurates women cooperative project in Mhaydthe

    Live Lebanon UNDP initiative in partnership with Bank of Beirut and the Arab Countries (BBAC), inaugurated on Thursday 20th of December, its project in Najmet El Soboh cooperative of Mhaydthe, in the presence of Live Lebanon’s Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Bouran Bouery and BBAC branch manager Ghassan Abou Hjeili

  • 19 Dec 2012
    UNDP organizes a national conference on youth in Jordan

    Amman - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Government of Jordan organized a two day National Conference entitled “Youth Employment: “Challenges and Opportunities” at the Landmark Hotel during the period between 17-18 December 2012.

  • 11 Dec 2012
    Marking International Volunteer Day

    The United Nations marked International Volunteer Day for the first time in Iraq on 5 December. The event, held in Erbil under the theme “Volunteer Action Counts” was attended by the civil society, students from Salahadin University, the Government and the United Nations.

  • 10 Dec 2012
    Strengthening Iraqi Civil Society Organisations

    As part of the Expanded Humanitarian Response Fund Programme, UNDP Iraq held a conference in Erbil to strengthen the capacity of Iraqi Civil Society Organizations (CSO).

  • 10 Dec 2012
    "Acting Green" at the core of Banque Libano-Francaise strategy while financing its Earth Card competition winning projects

    In line with its ‘green’ commitment to preserve Lebanon natural heritage, the Bank, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme – Lebanon (UNDP), held a gathering on December 10, 2012, at Phoenicia Hotel to award valuable prizes to three winners of the 1st Earth Card competition, launched in September 2011 in the framework of the “Towards Sustainable Energy” theme.

  • 09 Dec 2012
    Week long Anti-Corruption Day activities in Sudan

    Over 200 school students in Kassala State, Eastern Sudan, took part in the painting contests organized by UNDP as part of week long (December 03-09) campaign on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day.

  • 09 Dec 2012
    ACIAC celebrates the role of Arab youth in transforming the region

    Beirut - On the occasion of the commemoration of the 2012 International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, the Non-Governmental Group of the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network (ACINET) has partnered with UNDP's Regional Project on "Anti-Corruption and Integrity in Arab Countries" (ACIAC) to celebrate the role of Arab youth in the current momentum of transformation and their aspiration to have transparent and corrupt free governance systems.

  • 05 Dec 2012
    E-Governance: Towards digital inclusion in Iraq

    Under the auspices of the Prime Minister, UNDP and the National e-governance Steering Committee organized a two day international conference entitled “Together towards Digital Inclusion".

  • 05 Dec 2012
    Improving water governance in Iraq

    UNDP Iraq continues to support the Government of Iraq to improve its water governance through training to Iraq Ministry of Water Resources professionals under the Decision Support System project.

  • 05 Dec 2012
    UNV celebrating the International Volunteers Day

    Sana'a, The United Nations Volunteers Program in Yemen celebrated the International Volunteer Day under the slogan of “Volunteer Work Counts” on Wednesday, December 5.

  • 03 Dec 2012
    Competition for the design of the cover of "The Arab Water Report 2013"

    Up to this date, two reports have been issued in the Arab Knowledge Reports’ series. The first report is “Arab Knowledge Report 2009: Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge