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  • 11 Sep 2014
    Announcing the Start of Funding for Shelter in Gaza and Appealing for Additional Support

    Jerusalem – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced a USD 1 million in funds for shelter support in Gaza at a joint press conference with UNRWA and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

  • 11 Sep 2014
    Visit of UNDP Administrator and UNHCR Commissioner to Lebanon

    Beirut, Ms. Helen Clark, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will arrive in Lebanon on Sunday 14 September 2014.

  • 28 Aug 2014
    Supporting local authorities with basic services for IDPs in Dohuk

    The Country Director of UNDP Iraq, Adam Abdelmoula, today met with the Governor of Dohuk, Farhad Amin Atroshi, to discuss support to IDPs and host communities, and signed an agreement with the Department of Underground Water on the drilling of two wells to serve 1000 vulnerable IDP in Dawoodia, Dohuk. He also visited the Syrian refugee camp in Domiz, and internally displaced people in Sharia area, Dohuk.

  • 28 Aug 2014
    UNDP Deliver Solid Waste Compactors to Irbid and Mafraq Governorate

    Under the patronage of the Minister of Municipalities Affaires, Engineer Waleed al Masri, UNDP and Japan Embassy handed over new solid waste compactors to Mafraq and Irbid governorates; specifically to Sabha and Al Dafyaneh, Um Jmal, AL-Salheyah and al Mafraq Municipalities located in Mafraq governorate and in Al Ramtha, Irbid municipalities located in Irbid governorate. The ceremony took place in Sabha and al Dafyaneh municipality in Mafraq on Tuesday, August 26. Attended the event; Ambassador of Japan, UNDP country Director, Mafraq and Irbid Governors and Director of the Local development directorate in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

  • 22 Aug 2014
    The Netherlands Signs Contribution Agreement to the UNDP/UN Women Joint Programme in Support of the Palestinian Rule of Law Sector

    Jerusalem – Demonstrating their steadfast support to the rule of law and community access to justice and security, the Government of the Netherlands and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed, on behalf of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund, an USD 8.1 million contribution agreement covering a period of three years.

  • 21 Aug 2014
    UNDP launches early warning system on floods in Wadi Musa, Petra

    Under the patronage of Chairman of Petra Development Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) Dr. Mohammad AL Nawafleh, United nation development programme (UNDP) launched on August 20th an "Early Warning System for Flash Floods" in Petra and Wadi Mousa

  • 19 Aug 2014
    UNDP and ASEZA Launch New Studies on Marine And Coastal Environment

    Under the patronage of Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority Dr. Kamel Mhadein, and with the support from United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Launched on Tuesday, August 19th new studies and outcomes developed through the project of "Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Coastal Zone Management in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone". Ceremony Launch took place in Intercontinental- Aqaba .

  • 18 Aug 2014
    UNDP and RUWWAD Sign New Agreement to support Resilient Livelihoods

    United Nation Development Programme and Ruwwad for Development signed on Monday August 18th new agreement for the implementation of the newly designed program titled 3x6 aims at promoting sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable groups in local communities in north of Jordan who are in affected by the Syrian crises.

  • 17 Aug 2014
    Yemeni Government Takes Serious Steps towards fighting poverty in the New Yemen

    Sana'a, The Government of Yemen requests support from the United Nations to accelerate progress on eradicating poverty. Under a joint leadership by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Local Administration, partners and stakeholders have been invited for a two day workshop to discuss the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs

  • 06 Aug 2014
    $4.5 million support towards Host communities and Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Beirut announced the donation of around $4.5 million from its Emergency Response Fund (ERF) targeting refugees from Syria and host communities in Lebanon during a press conference which took place on Wednesday August 6 2014 at the Ministry of Energy and Water.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    Addressing Crises and Inequalities key to Arab States Maintaining Human Development Progress

    Human development is improving in the Arab states with some countries showing very high development.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    Latest Human Development Index shows overall slowdown in growth

    Tokyo, 24 July 2014 — Levels in human development continue to rise – yet the pace has slowed for all regions and progress has been highly uneven, according to the latest Human Development Index (HDI) included in the 2014 Human Development Report “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”, published today by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 16 Jul 2014
    Providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to vulnerable youth amongst the Syrian refugees and hosting communities in Dohuk and Erbil

    The continuing unrest and instability in Syria is increasingly impacting the internal situation of Iraq, and particularly of the Kurdistan Region which in May 2014 is hosting 220,000 Syrian refugees. While the economy in the Kurdistan Region remains strong, there are challenges to secure sufficient income for Syrian refugees living in non-camp settings.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    Competition for young Arabs to design cover of Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014

    Dubai, UAE : Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) in collaboration with the Regional Office for the Arab States in United Nations Development Programme, has launched a competition for young Arab talents to design the cover of the ‘Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014: Youth and Localization of Knowledge’, released by the Foundation and the UNDP.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    UNDP releases new study on vocational labor market

    Under the Patronage of H.E. the Minister of Labour the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today its newly released Report on Labour Market: “The Case of Vocational Training in Jordan”, at the Social Security Corporation/Headquarters in Amman

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Syria Crisis: Social cohesion in neighboring countries is now at risk

    The UNDP-ODI report —titled, “Towards a Resilience-based Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis” conducts a critical review of vulnerability criteria and frameworks used by humanitarian partners to address the Syria crisis. The report recognizes that the combination of refugee flows and decreased economic activity with Syria has altered the economic performance and fiscal health of countries in the region, affecting public finance, trade deficits and key economic sectors.

  • 06 Jul 2014
    Hajjah WASH activities receive Dutch contribution for scale-up

    Sana'a, a cost sharing agreement was signed between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNDP represented by Mr. Jeroen Verheul, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, and Mr. Paolo Lembo, UNDP Resident Representative for an amount of 500,000 euros dedicated to Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH).

  • 01 Jul 2014
    Regional integration - the key to sustainable development in the Arab World

    New York – Increased regional integration is needed if the Arab States are to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a post-2015 development framework with sustainability at its core, said Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States, in remarks at UN Headquarters in New York

  • 30 Jun 2014
    Launching of the Green Roof at the Central Bank main branch in Hamra

    “Nearly 90% of the Lebanese population resides in cities across the country, with 0.8 square meter per person of green spaces available. The world health organization, however, recommends a minimum of 9 square meter of green space per person, and it is acknowledged that a city at an ideal standard would have between 10 – 15m² of green space per person.

  • 23 Jun 2014
    Trust in emerging institutions key to addressing challenges of transition in the Arab region

    Amman – Representatives of Arab governments, civil society, academia, and leading think tanks, meeting in Amman, Jordan, agreed on the centrality of social cohesion in managing peaceful political and social transition in the region.