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  • 11 Dec 2013
    Quota necessary for a “critical mass” of Arab women parliamentarians

    Algiers – Temporary special measures, including different forms of “quotas,” are still needed in the Arab region to guarantee women’s representation in major legislative and governance bodies, in enough numbers to influence decision making, agreed over 450 participants in the international Conference on “Effective and Sustainable Participation of Women in Elected Assemblies,” which concluded two days of deliberations in Algiers today.

  • 01 Dec 2013
    Signing of five agreements to address environmental challenges in Socotra

    Sana’a – A signing ceremony took place at United Nations Development Programme office in Sana’a between the Global Environmental Facility, Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) and five Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) from Socotra to implement specific interventions to address environmental challenges in their localities.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    UNDP: Arab Water Crisis is, at its core, a matter of governance

    Manama – Water challenges must be addressed if the Arab region is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, attain prosperity, and reach a future of sustainable human development, says a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report launched today in Bahrain. Addressing water challenges now can also help strengthen resilience by managing the risk of potential crises that could result from inaction: such as unplanned migration, economic collapse, or regional conflict, according to the report entitled: “Water Governance in the Arab Region: Managing Scarcity and Securing the Future.”

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UNDP presents "Municipal Needs Assessment" Report in support to the Jordanian communities hosting Syrian refugees

    During a meeting chaired by HE the Minister of Municipalities Affairs, Eng. Wlid Almasri, and attended by the Country Director of UNDP, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, and the Director of the Local Development Directorate at the Ministry of Interior,The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented a Municipal Needs Assessment Report, conducted in Mafraq and Irbid Governorates from August to November 2013.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    The Right to Education: USD 3.8 million from the government of Norway to support the education system in East Jerusalem through UNDP

    Ramallah – On behalf of His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, Dr Saed Al Kony - Minister of Local Government announced the signing of a USD 3.8 million agreement to support the Right to Education in East Jerusalem project between the Government of Norway, represented by Hans Jacob Frydenlund, and UNDP’s Special Representative of the Administrator Frode Mauring.

  • 14 Nov 2013
    The Government of Italy contributes 3 million Euro in support of area C and East Jerusalem through UNDP

    Ramallah – His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah announced today a three million Euro contribution from the Government of Italy in support of the Facilitating Access to Infrastructure Resilience in Area C and East Jerusalem programme (FAIR) in the presence of H.E. Davide La Cecilia, Consul General of Italy and Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator.

  • 13 Nov 2013
    The Netherlands enters into an agreement with UNDP to support transitional justice in Yemen

    SANA'A - a cost sharing agreement between the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNDP was signed on 13 November 2013 between Ms. Renate Pors Acting Charge’ d Affair and Head of Development Cooperation at the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Yemen and UNDP Acting Resident Representative Mr. Mahamed Hassen for an amount of $754,876 to support Transitional Justice Project in Yemen. This contribution will be dedicated for activities related to Civil Society Organizations, raising awareness on transitional justice and outreach.

  • 03 Nov 2013
    Building resilience to save the future - UN agencies to scale-up their “development response” to the Syria crisis

    At the end of two days meetings, Regional Directors and Representatives of 22 agencies of the United Nations agreed to launch a collective “development response” to the Syria crisis.

  • 03 Nov 2013
    New help desk in Baghdad’s oldest court provides free legal assistance to women and most vulnerable

    A new legal help desk in Baghdad’s Rusafa Courthouse was inaugurated after Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council (HJC) partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Iraqi non-governmental organisation Dar Al Khibra to provide free legal services to indigent Iraqi citizens as part of a larger effort to strengthen the administration of and citizens’ access to justice in the country.

  • 02 Nov 2013
    A scaled-up “development response” to the Syria crisis is critical - now

    Amman- Regional Directors and Representatives of over 20 United Nations (UN) agencies started meetings today in Amman to discuss means to harmonize UN responses to the Syria crisis.

  • 31 Oct 2013
    The Innovation and Creativity Award winners announced in Yemen

    A press conference was convened today 31 October 2013 at Al-Bustan Hotel to honor the winners of the Youth Innovation and Creativity Award. Twenty eight youth from around Yemen were impatient for 31st of October the day, in which sixteen innovative and creative business ideas won the Youth Innovation and Creativity Award. The award rewards the youth innovative business ideas with $20,000 for each project. The winning projects will receive additional technical implementation support to ensure that there are successfully implemented.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    UNV launches first Volunteer Management Training of Trainers for 30 civil society representatives in the Arab region

    Rabat - The Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, under the umbrella of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, launches the first regional “Volunteer Management Training of Trainers”. Starting today in Rabat, Morocco, the workshop aims to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations in the Arab region.

  • 30 Sep 2013
    Humanitarian Response to Syria Must Address Development Crisis, Says UN Development Chief

    Geneva - While the need for life-saving humanitarian assistance for refugees and displaced peoples remains paramount, the international response to the Syria crisis must also include targeted development support, said the UN’s development chief Helen Clark today in Geneva.

  • 23 Sep 2013
    Syria Crisis: A Crisis for Arab Development

    New York – With less than 1000 days left until the target date for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), today the United Nations Development Group along with the League of Arab States and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) launched a report showing that recent turmoil in the Arab region imperils progress towards the goals across the Arab world.

  • 21 Sep 2013
    Naseer Shamma and UN advocate for a culture of peace in Iraq

    Baghdad – On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the United Nations in Iraq, together with Iraq’s Ministry of Culture, welcomed Naseer Shamma and the Secret Orchestra to commemorate this year’s theme, “Culture for Peace”, in a unique concert.

  • 18 Sep 2013
    Three Arab countries and Chad agree to water management programme

    Vienna - Seeking to improve their management of water resources, Three Arab countries and Chad today agreed at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to establish a long-term framework for utilizing a key underground water system. Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Chad signed a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) that aims to optimize the equitable use of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System, a huge water resource that lies beneath the four nations.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    Development & Yemeni partners sign a framework to enhance coordination in the biometric voter registration phase

    Sana'a, Implementing agencies and Multi-Donor Basket Fund partners signed a comprehensive coordination document known as the Common Resources Framework to ensuring greater cooperation and coordination for the rollout of the nationwide Biometric Voter Registration campaign.

  • 10 Sep 2013
    The Government of Jordan and the United Nations launch a new partnership platform to support refugee-hosting communities in Jordan

    Amman - The Government of Jordan launched today in Amman a new partnership platform that will enable the United Nations Development Group and the donor community to scale up their support to national efforts to cope with the spill over effects of the Syrian crisis on human development in the kingdom, in a planned and coordinated manner.

  • 03 Sep 2013
    UNDP hands over H1N1 equipment to Palestinian Ministry of Health

    Ramallah – The UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People handed over H1N1 medical equipment for seasonal influenza preparedness donated by the Government of Hungary to the Ministry of Health in the occupied Palestinian territory.

  • 19 Aug 2013
    World Humanitarian Day: An international day to celebrate the humanitarian spirit

    New York — Today marks the tenth anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, an attack that claimed the lives of 22 UN and aid agency staff including the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello.