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  • 20 Jun 2012
    Equator Prize winners honored at Rio+20 for community-led environment and poverty solutions

    Rio de Janeiro — The Equator Initiative celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Equator Prize with a gala event at the Vivo Rio concert hall, as part of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Twenty-five local and indigenous groups earned distinctions for their outstanding contributions to sustainable development, leading campaigns that address central themes to the Rio+20 conference like food security, freshwater access, sustainable energy, oceans and biodiversity. In addition, the Equator Initiative awarded thematic prizes in ten categories from the pool of winners.

  • 14 Jun 2012
    UNDP continues to support the government of Sudan to develop the capacity of human rights

    Khartoum: As part of UNDP’s support to the Government of Sudan in the area of promoting human rights protection, the Advisory Council for Human Rights organized Thursday 14 June, a high level forum for developing capacities of human rights in Sudan- which coincided with the visit of the Independent Expert for Human Rights, Massaoud Badareen,

  • 12 Jun 2012
    Donors’ field visit to UNDP's 'Support to Lebanon Mine Action Programme – Phase II” project

    On Tuesday 12 June, the Lebanese Mine Action Center (LMAC) and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) are organizing a field visit for H.E. Mrs. Colette Taquet - Ambassador of Belgium, Mr. Guido Benevento - Director of the Italian Cooperation, and Mr. Robert Watkins – UNDP Resident Representative to the south of Lebanon. A delegation from both Embassies and UNDP will accompany the ambassadors in their field visit to the South. This visit aims at updating the donors on the works implemented by the UNDP “Support to Lebanon Mine Action Programme – Phase II” project. With the target of completing the second phase of the mine action project, UNDP in partnership with LMAC recruited “Norwegian People’s Aid Lebanon” (NPA), an international mine clearance NGO to undertake clearance operations, with 4 multi-skilled clearance teams. The teams will undertake the required cluster munitions operations.

  • 11 Jun 2012
    UNDP Tunisia recognized for work in country's political transition

    Washington — US Friends of UNDP today presented its annual Julia V. Taft Award to the UN Development Program (UNDP) Country Office in Tunisia in recognition of its exceptional work in supporting the North African country’s transition. "In Tunisia, development partners had only small, if any, footprints prior to the change of regime in January 2011. Responses and capacities to support the transition had to be developed rapidly," UNDP Administrator Helen Clark told a reception here. “UNDP’s Country Office in Tunisia rose to the challenge, positioning itself to respond to historic events.”

  • 11 Jun 2012
    UNDP concludes leadership and media workshops on HIV and AIDS in the Gaza Strip

    Gaza Strip– 40 journalists and 60 representative from the national HIV and AIDS committee, UN agencies, civil society and government institutions completed a three-day workshop on strengthening the response to HIV and AIDS in the occupied Palestinian territory.

  • 09 Jun 2012
    UNDP expands its economic, social and developmental support to the youth of Yemen

    Sana’a - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Yemen (GoY), represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, signed two project documents today at the Ministry, to support Yemeni youth.

  • 07 Jun 2012
    Advocating environmental protection

    Baghdad - The United Nations participated today in a national event to mark World Environment Day, where it renewed its commitment and support to the Government of Iraq in its efforts to preserve the environment and respond to climate change in Iraq.

  • 06 Jun 2012
    Towards a sustainable Sudan: Sudan Rio + 20 Momentum builds in Sudan

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Sudan hosted a high level video conference between Sudan’s delegation to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio + 20 and UNDP advisors Frank Pinto, lead consultant on Climate Change and Development and Stephen Gitonga, Acting Chief, Sustainable Energy Unit in New York. The videoconference is just one part of UNDP’s broad-based support to the Government in its preparations for the upcoming summit, which also includes consultations, workshops, media and communication and preparations of technical papers and national position.In attendance at UNDP Sudan’s Country Office were the Minster of Environment, Forestry and Physical Development, H.E. Mr. Hassan Abdel Gadir Hilal, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Resident Representative of the UNDP Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, UNDP Deputy Country Director Programme Mr. Amin Sharkawi, Undersecretary – Ministry of Environment Mr. Babiker Abdalla Ibrahim, and Dr. Anshu Banerjee Representative World Health Organization (WHO) in Sudan. More than 15 participants from government institutions and Sudanese civil society participated in the event, engaging in the robust discussions seeking advice on approach, implementation and the way forward.

  • 04 Jun 2012
    Lebanon hosts international UNDP workshop on ICT best practices in Urban Management

    Beirut – City authorities from across the Middle East and North Africa convened in Beirut recently to hear how UNDP is helping to improve local development through bits and bytes. The local authorities shared experiences and heard success stories in everything from advanced Geographic Information Systems to software solutions that manage public documents.

  • 04 Jun 2012
    UNDP and UN volunteers mark World Environment Day by cleaning the shores of Gaza

    Gaza Strip - UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, in partnership with the United Nations Volunteers programme in the occupied Palestinian territory, marked World Environment Day with a beach cleaning campaign in the Gaza Strip. The campaign is funded by the Government of Japan, through the job creation programme, and implemented in cooperation with six local partners.

  • 30 May 2012
    Inauguration of "geographic information system platform of Tripoli city» and launch of international workshop on ICT use for local development

    UNDP Lebanon through ART Lebanon project and in the framework of the Information Society Initiative for the Mediterranean (ART-ISI@MED) is inaugurating the first phase of The Geographic Information System platform of Tripoli city and launching an international workshop on the use of a new handbook outlining how ICT can improve municipal services and contribute to local development. This will be held on Wednesday 30 May 2010 at Radisson Blue Martinez Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, at 10:00 a.m.

  • 21 May 2012
    Lebanese expert expatriate trains ministries on food safety

    In collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Trade, the UNDP “Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals” project (TOKTEN) is organizing the opening session of the food safety training on Monday 21st of June at 10am, in Mathaf at the Institute of Finance (1st Floor). Professor Fadi Aramouni, the Lebanese food safety expert from Kansas University, will conduct the trainings which aim at building the capacities of the ministries on food safety inspection. From the 21st until 24th of May, Mr. Aramouni will train 140 inspectors from the Ministry of Economy and Trade in the ministry.

  • 21 May 2012
    United Nations and Saudi Arabia launch cooperation for food and drug safety

    The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) was established in 1424H (2003) as an independent body to ensure safety of food and drug products in the Kingdom, reporting directly to the President of the Council of Ministers. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the lead agency in the UN for country level development cooperation, with over $5billion of activities each year in over 177 countries. UNDP started its presence in Saudi Arabia in 1966 and has supported capacity development projects in areas such as public administration, youth empowerment, energy and environment and economic diversification

  • 12 May 2012
    Signing of "emergency capacity development facility" project document, Ould Cheikh Ahmed: this is an important step to confirm our support to the needs of transition

    ana’a - A signing ceremony of “Emergency Capacity Development Facility” project document was held today in Sana’a, between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) , and the Government of Yemen (GoY), represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC

  • 11 May 2012
    Beirut roundtable discussion on laying foundations of the developmental state in the Arab region

    In coordination and co-sponsorship with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Center in Cairo (UNDP-RCC), the Carnegie Middle East Center will host the presentation and discussion of UNDP’s Arab Development Challenges Report 2011: Towards the Developmental State in the Arab Region. The discussion will take place at the Carnegie’s premises in Downtown (Bashir Street, Lazarieh bldg., Bloc A) on Friday 11th of May 2012 at 9am. In order to respond to the demand for dignity, social justice and freedom that reverberated across Arab streets since late 2010, the Report argues that Arab states need to adopt a “Developmental state” model based on a new social contract of mutual accountability and shed the rentier-based political economy model

  • 05 May 2012
    Launch of the National Energy Efficiency Programme: Phase 2

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with King Abdul-Aziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) – Saudi Energy Efficiency Centre (SEEC) launched Phase Two of the National Energy Efficiency Programme, with a total budget of $2,373,586 And a one year duration starting from1st of January 2012 and ending by 31st of December 2012.

  • 02 May 2012
    Business Idea Competition UNDP Encourages Young Entrepreneurs in Blue Nile State

    Khartoum- As part of UN Joint Programme on Youth Employment, UNDP continues to support the new business initiatives that link the youth with sustainable employment opportunities. UNDP launched a second phase of Business Ideas Competition for youth in the Blue Nile State, upon successful completion of similar contest in North & South Kordofan States. The Competition awards start-up micro-grants for successful and innovative small business ideas prepared by aspiring young entrepreneurs.

  • 01 May 2012
    Making microfinance work for youth in Sudan- Microfinance Unit Central Bank of Sudan and UNDP

    Khartoum – Today the Central Bank of Sudan Microfinance Unit endorsed the recommendations proposed by United Nations Development Programme sponsored study on Making Microfinance policies in Sudan to serve the needs of young females and males between ages of 15-30 Years for “Youth Financial Inclusion Policy Reform”.

  • 29 Apr 2012
    Second consultative workshop to review and update the national fisheries sector strategy

    Sana’a- Under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Mohammad Salem Basendwa, Prime Minster of Yemen, the Ministry of Fisheries has conducted the Second Consultative Workshop to Review and Update the National Fisheries Sector Strategy in Sheba Hotel, in the period form 29 – 30 April 2012.

  • 25 Apr 2012
    The United Nations pays tribute to heroes of mine action in Iraq

    The United Nations today paid tribute to Iraqi mine action heroes for their role in demining and saving millions of lives in Iraq at an event held at the Military Prosthetic Limb Centre in Baghdad. The event was organized by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).