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  • 24 Jul 2014
    Addressing Crises and Inequalities key to Arab States Maintaining Human Development Progress

    Human development is improving in the Arab states with some countries showing very high development.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    Competition for young Arabs to design cover of Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014

    Dubai, UAE : Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) in collaboration with the Regional Office for the Arab States in United Nations Development Programme, has launched a competition for young Arab talents to design the cover of the ‘Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014: Youth and Localization of Knowledge’, released by the Foundation and the UNDP.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    UNDP releases new study on vocational labor market

    Under the Patronage of H.E. the Minister of Labour the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today its newly released Report on Labour Market: “The Case of Vocational Training in Jordan”, at the Social Security Corporation/Headquarters in Amman

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Syria Crisis: Social cohesion in neighboring countries is now at risk

    The UNDP-ODI report —titled, “Towards a Resilience-based Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis” conducts a critical review of vulnerability criteria and frameworks used by humanitarian partners to address the Syria crisis. The report recognizes that the combination of refugee flows and decreased economic activity with Syria has altered the economic performance and fiscal health of countries in the region, affecting public finance, trade deficits and key economic sectors.

  • 06 Jul 2014
    Hajjah WASH activities receive Dutch contribution for scale-up

    Sana'a, a cost sharing agreement was signed between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNDP represented by Mr. Jeroen Verheul, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, and Mr. Paolo Lembo, UNDP Resident Representative for an amount of 500,000 euros dedicated to Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH).

  • 01 Jul 2014
    Regional integration - the key to sustainable development in the Arab World

    New York – Increased regional integration is needed if the Arab States are to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a post-2015 development framework with sustainability at its core, said Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States, in remarks at UN Headquarters in New York

  • 30 Jun 2014
    Launching of the Green Roof at the Central Bank main branch in Hamra

    “Nearly 90% of the Lebanese population resides in cities across the country, with 0.8 square meter per person of green spaces available. The world health organization, however, recommends a minimum of 9 square meter of green space per person, and it is acknowledged that a city at an ideal standard would have between 10 – 15m² of green space per person.

  • 23 Jun 2014
    Trust in emerging institutions key to addressing challenges of transition in the Arab region

    Amman – Representatives of Arab governments, civil society, academia, and leading think tanks, meeting in Amman, Jordan, agreed on the centrality of social cohesion in managing peaceful political and social transition in the region.

  • 18 Jun 2014
    UNDP responds to internal displaced people from Mosul

    A total of 31,680 families displaced by last week's violence in the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar are seeking shelter in safer areas in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. This new crisis follows massive displacement this year in the western Iraqi governorate of Anbar, where fighting since January has forced some half-a-million people to flee the province.

  • 10 Jun 2014
    ‘Youth Employment Generation Programme in Egypt’ Wins a Prestigious ICT Award: WSIS Project Prizes 2014 Contest

    Geneva: The “Youth Employment Generation Programme in Egypt” has been awarded the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes 2014 contest, a unique recognition of excellence. The contest received 141 projects and initiatives from 44 countries for 17 categories

  • 09 Jun 2014
    Tunisia launches truth and dignity commission

    Tunis, Tunisia- Tunisian President, Moncef AlMarzouki, President of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Mustapha Ben Jaafar, and Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomaa, launched today the newly established Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) of Tunisia.

  • 09 Jun 2014
    Le développement humain en débat à Alger

    Alger, Algérie — Le symposium international sur l’agenda post 2015, organisé conjointement par le Conseil National Economique et Social (CNES) algérien et le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) a ouvert ses travaux au palais des Nations, à Alger.

  • 08 Jun 2014
    National symposium on security sector reform in Iraq focuses on sustainable security solution

    Baghdad – The National Symposium on Security Sector Reform and Governance in Iraq was opened today at Al Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad in the presence of senior Iraqi Government and United Nations officials. The Symposium will focus on presenting the lessons learned by the United Nations in supporting Security Sector Reform, and on discussing how future national security dialogue in Iraq could benefit from international experience. The event was organized by UNDP in partnership with the National Security Agency of Iraq.

  • 07 Jun 2014
    UNV launches Youth Volunteering Award in Yemen

    The Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, under the umbrella of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, is launching the “Youth Volunteering Award” competition for young volunteers of Yemeni nationality, aged between 18 and 29 years.

  • 05 Jun 2014
    Model Police Stations Launched in Tunisia

    Hammamet, Tunisia – The first of six UNDP-supported police stations opened in Hammamet, Tunisia last week, part of a programme in support of security sector reform, financed by the Governments of Belgium, Japan and Norway. Five more are currently under construction or renovation.

  • 29 May 2014
    The Government of Yemen and the United Nations sign the Peacebuilding Priority Plan for Yemen worth $12 million

    The Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, His Excellency Mohammed al Saadi, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Paolo Lembo, and a representative of the Office of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, Mr. Niels Guenther, today signed the Peacebuilding Priority Plan and five initial projects.

  • 27 May 2014
    UNDP Iraq inaugurates its new office in Basrah

    Basrah – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, officially inaugurated UNDP’s sub-office for southern Iraq in Basra. Held at the premises of sub-office, the inauguration ceremony was attended by local officials and civil society leaders, including the Chief Justice of the Basra Appellate Court, the Head of the Police Force in Basra, the Head of the Development Committee of the Basra Provincial Council, and members of the Provincial Council.

  • 26 May 2014
    Funded by the government of Saudi Arabia UNDP raffles off 350 housing units to families in Gaza

    Gaza - With funding from the Government of Saudi Arabia, 350 families are the proud owners of houses handed over to them by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People in cooperation with the Municipalities of Rafah and Beit Lahia and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

  • 22 May 2014
    Integrating environmental considerations into the industrial sector

    Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Environment, Mr. Mohammed Al Mashnouk, and Minister of Industry, Dr. Hussein Hajj Hassan, the Ministries of Environment and Industry have held along with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) a conference to announce the partnership on “Updating and completing the industries’ database” on Wednesday 21st, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Conference Hall at the Ministry of Environment.

  • 21 May 2014
    UNDP and CCCPA sign a project to improve peace and stability in Africa

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP signed today the second phase of support to the Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), funded by the Government of Japan. The project document was signed by UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Anita Nirody; Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation for Development Ambassador Omar Abou Aich, Director of the CCCPA Counsellor Ashraf Swelam.