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  • 18 May 2011
    The Government of Germany and UNDP Sign a 3.5 million Euro agreement to create employment opportunities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

    Jerusalem - As part of its continuing effort to tackle unemployment in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Government of Germany, through its Development Bank (KFW), and the United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement in the amount of 3.5 million Euros on Wednesday May 18, 2011 in Ramallah. Mr. Marc Engelhardt, Head of KfW in the occupied Palestinian territory and Mr. Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator attended the ceremony.

  • 11 May 2011
    UNDP Jordan marks its first social media initiative

    Last week marked UNDP Jordan’s first social media initiative with 66 participants representing five national partners attending the “Social Media Week”. The initiative included daily sessions to introduce targeted national partners of the Governance Portfolio to social media concepts, platforms, strategic approaches and organizational and content policies each in their specific context. As the Country Office itself is planning to develop its social media plan, a learning session for UNDP Country Office and project staff on social media was delivered early in the Week.

  • 08 May 2011
    Community security initiatives take off in Blue Nile State

    Damazine. On Sunday May 8th, the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA), with the support of the Joint DDR Commission (JDDRC) and the UNDP, officially launched two pilot social reintegration projects, which will be implemented in Blue Nile State. The launch took place in Damazine town, and was attended by more than 30 participants, including representatives from the state government, UN agencies, the media, and civil society.

  • 02 May 2011
    Arab States can reap significant benefits from international experience in electoral assistance

    Cairo– The UNDP “Community of Practice on Electoral Assistance for the Arab Region,” which opened today in Cairo, highlighted two factors of central importance in assisting the conduct of fair and transparent elections in countries which are undergoing major transformations towards democracy: the exchange of experience and coordination between international organizations actively involved in electoral assistance in the region, and understanding mechanisms employed in other countries to guarantee electoral credibility.

  • 20 Apr 2011
    First UNDP/global fund country level donor meeting successfully sheds light on Sudan’s progress in public health

    Khartoum, Ambassadors from Global Fund donor countries, UN agencies representatives, the Undersecretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Secretariat, and heads of national programmes for AIDS, TB and Malaria, gathered for the first country-level Global Fund donor meeting in Sudan Tuesday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to share the successes of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Fund with the Global Fund donors while better acquainting them with the GFATM programmes and goals, after being on the ground for five years in Sudan

  • 20 Apr 2011
    UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon improves the quality of the medical and educational services at the social development center in Bab Al Tebbaneh - Tripoli

    UNDP-ART GOLD North Lebanon in partnership with “Les Amis du Liban à Monaco” will inaugurate the newly equipped and rehabilitated dental care unit and kindergarten at Social Development Center in Bab Al Tebbaneh – Tripoli at 12:00pm. This inauguration falls under the UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon’s project entitled "Rehabilitating and Equipping the dental care unit and kindergarten at the Social Development Center in Bab Al Tebbaneh", in collaboration with the municipality of Tripoli.

  • 19 Apr 2011
    UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon improves the quality of the educational services at two public schools in Bint Jbeil and Marjeyoun Cazas

    UNDP-ART GOLD South Lebanon in partnership with “Les Amis du Liban à Monaco” will inaugurate the newly equipped and rehabilitated theatre at the Bint Jbeil elementary mixed public school. This falls under the ART GOLD project entitled "Upgrading the educational services and extra-curricular activities at the public schools of Bint Jbeil and Blat in South Lebanon".

  • 12 Apr 2011
    Launching of the "media development" programme

    Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Minister of Information, Dr. Tarek Mitri, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with AFP foundation, Canal France International (CFI) and the French embassy in Lebanon, have the pleasure to invite you to attend the launching of the “Media Development” programme and the opening session of the first training session for the Lebanese reporters. This event will take place on Tuesday April 12th 2011 at 9am at the Crown plaza hotel, Queen1 hall, in Hamra.

  • 05 Apr 2011
    Moving ahead to improve lives of Iraqis affected by landmines

    Baghdad – To commemorate Global Mine Action Day, the Iraqi Ministry of Environment and the United Nations in Iraq held today a press conference on mine action in Iraq at the UNAMI Headquarters in Baghdad. Representatives of national, regional and international media outlets in Iraq listened and interacted with the Deputy Minister of Environment, Dr Kamal Latif, the Head of Humanitarian and Development Office at UNAMI, Mr. Daniel Augstburger, and Major General Hadi Athab, Director of Military Engineering at the Ministry of Defence, who briefed them on Iraq’s continued commitment to building awareness on the dangers of landmines and clearing the country from explosive remnants of war, while supporting the victims who have been affected by them.

  • 07 Mar 2011
    Community leaders discuss small arms and light weapons control in Red Sea State, Port Sudan

    Port Sudan, Today, the North Sudan DDR Commission (NSDDRC) and the Ministry of Interior, with support from the UNDP- DDR program, opened a two-day small arms and light weapons (SALW) sensitization workshop in Red Sea State, Port Sudan City. This two-day workshop aims to raise awareness at the state and locality level on the dangers of small arms and their proliferation, and discuss small arms control measures that are acceptable to communities. Representatives from state government and ministries as well as localities are taking part in the workshop, which welcomed over 100 participants on its first day.

  • 02 Mar 2011
    United Nations humanitarian fund allocates $5 million for emergency response in Libya

    New York, 2 March 2011): The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos has allocated US$ 5 million dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to kick-start emergency efforts to help people fleeing violence in Libya.

  • 14 Feb 2011
    New UNDP Special Representative arrives at the occupied Palestinian territory

    Jerusalem - UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, appointed Mr. Frode Mauring as her Special Representative in the occupied Palestinian territory, to replace Mr. Jens Toyberg-Frandzen, who retired at the end of September 2010 and Mr. Timothy Rothermel who was serving as Special Representative at interimduring the transition phase.

  • 10 Feb 2011
    Ex-combatants and community members in Southern Kordofan jointly acquire new skills

    Kadugli– Today, the Southern Kordofan state government, the UNDP and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officially launched a vocational training programme for ex-combatants and community members in the state. The programme will support a total of 215 participants who will be trained over a period of six-months. This training is an integral component of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme, and aims to facilitate and accelerate the economic and social reintegration of ex-combatants and women associated with armed forces into society.

  • 06 Feb 2011
    UNDP spent US$980 million in support of the Palestinian people over 32 years

    Jerusalem- during an interview at the Jerusalem Press Club, UNDP/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) Special Representative announced that US$980 million were spent mostly on Palestinian infrastructure projects since the establishment of the programme in 1978

  • 03 Feb 2011
    Graduation ceremony for 75 women trained on health awareness issues

    UNDP-ART GOLD North Lebanon in partnership with the “Minnieh Social Development Association” is organizing a graduation ceremony for 75 women from the Union of the Minnieh municipalities who have been trained on health awareness issues. The Graduation ceremony will take place at Al Mountazah Hall in Minnieh at 12:30 pm.

  • 26 Jan 2011
    Signing of the document of energy efficiency code project in the building sector

    Damascus - The Ministry of Electricity and the Planning and International Cooperation Commission in Cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme signed today the project document of energy efficiency code project in the building sector in the Syrian Arab Republic, at the headquarters of the Commission at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Amer Hussni Loutfi, Head of the Commission of Planning and International Cooperation, Dr. Ahmad Qussay Kayyali, Minister of Electricity, and Mr. Issmail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UNDP resident representative in Syria, attended it.

  • 25 Jan 2011
    UNDP support to tribal elders’ conclave boosts peace efforts in South Kordofan

    Kadugli, The Southern Kordofan Reconciliation and Peaceful Coexistence Mechanism (RPCM) and UNDP’s Crisis and Recovery Mapping and Analysis (CRMA) and Conflict Reduction Programme (CRP)-supported community interaction in Al Buram locality has enabled the Shatt Nuba and Rawawga Hawazma tribes to jointly decide on interventions for consolidation of peace and reconciliation. Efforts to bring the two communities together were part of a two-day workshop that concluded , here today.

  • 19 Jan 2011
    Government Representatives and Community Leaders discuss small arms and light weapons control in Kassala

    Kassala, 19 January 2011. Over 100 participants including representatives from state government, ministries and localities met in Kassala City to deliberate small arms control measures that are acceptable to communities. These deliberations were part of a two-day sensitization workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), which aims to raise awareness at the state and locality level on the dangers of small arms and their proliferation. The workshop is organized by the North Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (NSDDRC) and the Ministry of Interior, with UNDP support.

  • 14 Jan 2011
    Signature of cooperation agreement between Monaco, UNDP and UNRWA

  • 13 Jan 2011
    UNDP Iraq launches a comprehensive legal training programme for over 400 Iraqi judges and legal officials.

    The Iraqi Higher Judicial Council and UNDP Iraq have jointly launched a comprehensive legal training programme for Iraqi Judges and legal officials in Erbil. The programme consists of 23 training courses on a range of legal and administrative topics, supporting judges and legal staff to work most effectively and promote justice in Iraq. The training programme is assisted by the European Union, which has an ongoing commitment to promote justice and the rule of law in Iraq, and the Iraqi Trust Fund.