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  • 29 Apr 2010
    UN’s role in the occupied Palestinian territory impeded

    Jerusalem - The ability of the United Nations to play a full role in meeting the basic needs and aspirations of the people of Gaza Strip is impeded by the current restrictions on access, a senior United Nations official cautioned today.

  • 19 Apr 2010
    Helen Clark praises Bahrain’s human development progress and promises continued cooperation to support Bahrain’s development vision for the future

    Manama –-- UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met today with HRH, Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain during her visit to the kingdom. The Prime Minister valued UNDP’s contributions to advance development in the kingdom and expressed his wish to further strengthen this partnership especially in facilitating the sharing of best practices of development experiences between Bahrain and the rest of the world. Other areas of cooperation discussed include addressing the challenges of climate change; food security; expanding women’s political and economic participation; and sustaining progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

  • 18 Apr 2010
    Helen Clark emphasizes growing role of the Kingdom in addressing global development challenges

    Riyadh – UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met on Saturday with Prince Saud Al-Faisal Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs, during her visit to the Kingdom—the first by a UNDP Administrator. They discussed Saudi Arabia’s expanding support to global development efforts, particularly its assistance to humanitarian and post-crisis recovery all over the world and its recent pledge to recovery efforts in Haiti after the recent earthquake.

  • 30 Mar 2010
    Bahrain presents UNDP with a US$ 1 million contribution to Haiti recovery efforts

    New York, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met today with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Tawfeeq Almansoor. During their meeting, the Ambassador presented the Administrator with a check of US$ 1 million as Bahrain´s contribution to recovery efforts in Haiti. UNDP will be using these funds for the Haiti Recovery Programme, and the contribution will go to the UNDP Cash for Work Programme to help the people of Haiti.

  • 26 Mar 2010
    UNDP and UNODC help Iraq combat corruption

    Baghdad – After suffering for decades from poor economic oversight and ineffective administrative practices, Iraq’s government on Wednesday launched the country’s first Anti-Corruption Strategy, developed with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

  • 25 Mar 2010
    New CSR index tracks performance of listed companies on the Egypt Stock Exchange

    On March 23rd, Egypt has launched a new index for listed companies called Standard and Poor’s/Egypt Stock Exchange Economic Social and Governance Index (S&P-EGX ESG)

  • 24 Mar 2010
    World TB Day marked by conferences in Gaza City and Ramallah

    Jerusalem -Today is World TB Day, a day which commemorates the discovery of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis and serves as a reminder that 1.6 million people die every year from the disease. TB remains to be the number one opportunistic infection affecting people living with HIV and AIDS.

  • 17 Mar 2010
    Global conference calls on countries to invest in strong institutions

    Marrakech, Morocco ― To cope with challenges emanating from the financial crisis, climate change, food shortages and conflicts, developing countries need —now more than ever― to build capable institutions that will help them protect their citizens and sustain economic growth. The need to transform government institutions by investing in people’s capabilities and in providing innovative solutions and incentives that enable the delivery of effective services was a central message at the first day of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) global conference Capacity is Development, which began here today.

  • 17 Mar 2010
    Launching of the hydro agriculture development project of Marjeyoun area

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Litani River Authority are organizing a ceremony to launch the “Hydro Agriculture Development Project of Marjeyoun Area” in collaboration with the Government of Spain on Wednesday 17th of March at 10:00am at the premises of the Litani River Authority (5th Floor, Ibrahim Abdel Al conference room) in Bechara EL Khoury.

  • 12 Mar 2010
    Distribution of equipment and fire fighting trucks to the civil defense

    Under the patronage and in the presence of H.E. Minister of Interior and Municipalities Me. Ziad Baroud, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is organizing a ceremony to distribute certificates to the civil defense trainees on the occasion of the completion of the second phase of the first stage of the “search and rescue” training. The ceremony will take place on Friday 12th of March at 9:45am at the civil defense premises in Tehwita where search and rescue equipments and fire fighting trucks will be delivered.

  • 04 Feb 2010
    The General Personnel Council graduates the first group of civil service leaders

    Ramallah – The General Personnel Council (GPC), in cooperation with the Government of Italy and the United Nations Development Programme held a graduation ceremony for the first group of Palestinian civil servants to complete the Civil Service Leadership Development training programme.

  • 03 Feb 2010
    Development programme for Syria's Al-Ghab region

    Damascus - A project aimed at up scaling the developing process of the “Al-Ghab” region has been signed at the State Planning Commission as a joint collaboration between the State Planning Commission (SPC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO).

  • 21 Jan 2010
    Launching ceremony of the primary health care center in Haret Hreik Municipality

  • 18 Nov 2009
    Kenyans, Moroccan receive top awards for Africa photo contest

    UNDP salutes heroes of the environment New York — The winning photographs of an eco-themed photo contest focused on Africa feature environmentalists planting trees in a water catchment area in Kenya, Moroccan women turning plastic bags into handbags as part of a fair trade project, and a Kenyan couple planting a tree on their wedding day.

  • 27 Oct 2009
    iKNOW Politics launches Arabic website to support women in politics

    Amman, Jordan - iKNOW Politics, an online network dedicated to the advancement of women in politics, launched a new Arabic language version here today, opening it up to potentially millions of new users in a region where women are underrepresented politically.

  • 21 Jul 2009
    Threats to human security impede development in the Arab countries

    BEIRUT ― In Arab countries, a widespread lack of human security undermines human development, according to the Arab Human Development Report 2009: Challenges to Human Security in the Arab Countries. This report is prepared by independent scholars drawn from the region.

  • 20 Jul 2009
    Statement from the UN in Somalia on the looting of UN compounds

    Nairobi, KENYA – Two UN compounds were looted today in Baidoa and Wajid, Somalia. Al Shabaab men entered both compounds and took UN equipment and vehicles.

  • 08 Jul 2009
    Qatar's Human Development Report focuses on sustainable development

    Doha - Qatar’s second National Human Development Report launched today under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Jabor Bin Jassem Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar examines three critical and pressing environmental challenges facing the emirate, namely, water security; threats to the marine environment; and the effects of climate change.

  • 23 Jun 2009
    Government of Iraq, UN meet on the National Development Plan

    Baghdad - The Government of Iraq and UN Agencies concluded today a workshop to review UN’s contribution to national priorities and initially agree on the alignment of future UN programming to Iraq’s National Development Plan.

  • 21 Jun 2009
    UN-supported Iraqi news agency nominated for prestigious award

    BAGHDAD — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is proud to announce that one of its key projects in Iraq, wat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq), an independent Iraqi news agency has been nominated for the prestigious One World Broadcasting Trust’s Special Award