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  • 02 Apr 2013
    International Donor Conference for Construction and Development in Darfur

    Khartoum - On the 7th and 8th of April, the international community will meet in Doha to endorse the Darfur Development Strategy (DDS) developed through a comprehensive consultation process, involving representatives of all social groups of Darfur including IDPs and women, in partnership with the Government of Sudan, the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), UN agencies, International Financial Institutions and civil society.

  • 21 Mar 2013
    Priorities for the global development agenda shaped by unprecedented public outreach effort

    New York – The United Nations presented today the first findings from an unprecedented global conversation through which people from all over the world have been invited to help Member States shape the future development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their target date at the end of 2015.

  • 19 Mar 2013
    Arab States Seek Agreement on Reducing Risk

    More than 250 Representatives from the Arab States region gather today in Jordan for three days to agree on a common Arab position on the region’s input to the international framework for disaster risk reduction which will be agreed at the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The 1st Arab Regional Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is being held under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society.

  • 14 Mar 2013
    Urgent job creation on a mass scale key to stability in the Arab region

  • 12 Mar 2013
    The UN engages citizens around the world to take part in shaping the future global development agenda

    New York – The United Nations and partners invite people all over the world to participate in setting the world’s future development agenda by voting in an innovative survey known as MY World, the United Nations global survey for a better world.

  • 08 Mar 2013
    A promise is a promise: United Nations agencies in the Middle East and North Africa call for action to end violence against women and girls

    Amman/Cairo – As the world marks International Women’s Day, United Nations agencies based in the Middle East and North Africa call on governments in the region to implement the commitments they have made to gender equality and to ending violence against women and girls.

  • 08 Mar 2013
    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas launches appeal to End Violence Against Women

    Geneva/New York, 8 March 2013 - Film star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a global video appeal to end violence against women in recognition of International Women’s Day.

  • 07 Mar 2013
    UNDP chief calls for end to violence against women

    New York — UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called Friday for scaled-up efforts globally to stop violence against women, calling it a weapon of war in much of the world and a major obstacle to equality and development.

  • 24 Feb 2013
    New partnership to assess governance in Yemen

    Sana’a – A project document to be signed today by the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Yemen to undertake an assessment of formal and informal governance in Yemen. A large partnership, comprising the Government of Yemen as well as the academia and national NGOs, will be in charge of conducting this unprecedented exercise in the country.

  • 20 Feb 2013
    UNDP Deputy cites 'exciting moment' in Somalia's history

    In recognition of increased peace and progress in Somalia, UN Under Secretary-General and United Nations Development Programme Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan visited Mogadishu yesterday to meet with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, police recruits at the police training academy and civil society representatives.

  • 15 Feb 2013
    2013 Human Development Report

    The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – will be launched on 14 March in Mexico City by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. The 2013 Human Development Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

  • 07 Feb 2013
    The Palestinian Industrial Estate and UNDP sign an Exchange of Letters funded by the Government of Japan

    Ramallah – The Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zone Authority (PIEFZA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the presence of the Representative Office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, signed an exchange of letters worth USD 1,487,532 to establish an administration building for the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park.

  • 05 Feb 2013
    ILO and UNDP “Rethink Economic Growth” for Arab social justice

    The Arab uprisings have exposed skewed development policies, social justice deficits and over two decades of poorly managed economic liberalization, according to a joint report by the International Labour Organization and the UN Development Programme released on Tuesday (February 5).

  • 05 Feb 2013
    UNDP aids the launch of the women's economic empowerment incubator in Kuwait

    The economic past experience of industrial countries, has shown that the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in the economic development of all industrial countries, through their perceived role in transferring innovative ideas into reality.

  • 03 Feb 2013
    Egypt commits to implementing regional project to strengthen youth volunteerism

    Cairo – Egypt was the first country in the region to sign today a project agreement with the United Nations to expand opportunities for Egyptian youth in the area of volunteerism.

  • 23 Jan 2013
    Second international conference on learning difficulties and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder to be held

    The Kuwait Association For Learning Differences (KALD) along with UNDP Kuwait held a press conference today at UN House to mark the occasion of the 2nd International Conference on Learning Difficulties and Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Assessment & Intervention

  • 21 Jan 2013
    UNDP Regional Director: The Arab people look to their leaders for bold actions to maximize political, social and economic inclusion

    Riyadh - UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDPs Bureau for Arab States, Dr. Sima Bahous, said in Riyadh today that the Third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit is an opportune time for the Arab Leaders to address the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Arab populations for equitable development, dignity and freedom.

  • 10 Jan 2013
    JICA and UNDP sign partnership agreement to accelerate economic recovery in Iraq

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNDP have signed a new agreement to strengthen their partnership and accelerate the implementation of infrastructure and economic development projects in Iraq. The focus of the partnership will be in key sectors such as electricity, water and sanitation, oil, irrigation, transportation and industry.

  • 03 Jan 2013
    Improving livelihoods and reducing environmental degradation through alternative energy in Somalia

    The Hawd Plateau is like many areas in Somalia. The landscape is arid. The sun, relentless and blinding, scorches the earth. Riverbeds are almost always dry, and livestock, the lifeblood of this country, seek cover from the heat under the thin shadows cast by Acacia trees.

  • 17 Dec 2012
    UNDP reconfirms its strong commitment and support to the transitional process

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reconfirms its strong commitment and support to the transitional process through its continued support to Yemen’s update to the Voter Registry, Constitutional Referendum and post-Referendum elections by the signing of an agreement in the amount of 27 million SEK (approximately US $4 million) with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) for the implementation of the Support to the Elections during the Transitional Period (SETP) project in Yemen.