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  • 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).

  • 17 Apr 2012
    About 1,000 innovative business ideas win access to finance in North and South Kordofan states in Sudan

    April 17th marked the Award Ceremony of Business Idea Competition held in El-Obeid City the capital of North Kordofan State. As part of joint MDGs Spanish Fund project for creating Youth Employment in Sudan, UNDP partnered with SUDIA, a local NGO, to organize a Business Ideas Competition for youth.

  • 17 Apr 2012
    Launch of the rehabilitation phase of the Palestinian red crescent society hospital in Gaza

    Gaza – As part of their continuing effort to combat poverty and hunger, representatives from India, Brazil and South Africa, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRSC) signed an agreement in the amount of one million Dollars to rehabilitate the PRCS building in the Gaza Strip.

  • 12 Apr 2012
    Launching event of 'the bus takes the podium: voyages in the memory of Lebanon and its people”

    Under the patronage of H.E Lebanese Prime Minister Mr.Najib Mikati and on the eve of the 37th anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war, the United Nations Development Programme - “Strengthening Civil Peace in Lebanon” Project and UMAM Documentation and Research in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon are organizing a launch event of “The Bus takes the podium: voyages in the memory of Lebanon and its people” initiative on Thursday, April 12, at 11:00 am in UMAM’s Hangar in Haret Hreik, near Al Imam Al Mehdi Mosque. H.E Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Adnan Mansour representing H.E Prime Minister Mr. Najib Mikati, UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Robert Watkins, Acting Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon Mr. Diego Escalona Paturel, UMAM D&R’s Director Mr. Lokman Slim, ministers, parliamentarians, ambassadors, UN agencies representatives and civil society activists will participate in this event. During the ceremony, attendants will visit the Ain el Rummanneh bus which triggered the civil war 37 years ago.

  • 09 Apr 2012
    Officials from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya discuss international standards for election management

    Today, key electoral stakeholders and experts from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have started deliberations in a three-day, regional forum on the principles for independent and sustainable electoral management. The forum brings together representatives of governmental institutions, legislators, former and current commissioners of electoral management bodies, academics, policy specialists, opinion leaders and civil society representatives from the three countries.

  • 04 Apr 2012
    For an Iraq free of landmines by 2018

    Marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the United Nations calls for an Iraq free of all landmines by 2018, and reaffirms its commitment to support the country’s Mine Action programme.

  • 02 Apr 2012
    Parliaments still vital to public quest for democracy despite fragile trust, new report says

    Geneva/Kampala — Parliaments today are facing greater public scrutiny and pressure than ever before with fundamental questions on their ability to hold governments to account, but they have never been more essential to the political life of a country, says a joint report launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 27 Mar 2012
    Local NGO from east Sudan wins Equator prize for 2012

    As a result of partnership with “Strengthening Access to Justice and Confidence Building in Eastern Sudan” Project, Zenab for Women in Development, which operates in Gedaref (Eastern Sudan), has won this year’s Equator Prize on the support of community work toward achieving the MDGs.

  • 26 Mar 2012
    Arab region experts draw on UNDP support and declare new anti-corruption initiatives in Doha

    UNDP held two meetings for anti-corruption experts from the Arab region in partnership with the Public Prosecution of the State of Qatar. The meetings were hosted by the Qatar University College of Law in Doha.

  • 25 Mar 2012
    Palestinian Authority committed to strengthening Palestinian police accountability

    Ramallah - High-ranking officials from the Palestinian Authority (PA) and international partners opened a four-day workshop entitled Strengthening Palestinian Police Accountability together with the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Coordinating Office for Palestinian PoliceSupport (EUPOL COPPS) at the Red Crescent Conference Centre in Ramallah.

  • 23 Mar 2012
    Equator Prize winners announced, awards will be presented during Rio+20

    New York — The Equator Initiative announced yesterday the names of twenty-five local community groups to receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable development. The winners were selected from 812 nominations submitted by communities in 113 countries across the developing world.

  • 22 Mar 2012
    Urgent international action needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks, UN Secretary-General tells Istanbul forum

    UNDP’s first Global Human Development Forum starts today in Istanbul. Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked universal goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at the UN’s ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of development experts, civil society leaders and government officials at the first Global Human Development Forum here today.

  • 15 Mar 2012
    Gulf Environment & Sustainable Development Forum

    For the third year in a row, UNDP, a sponsor of the Gulf Environment Forum, will be actively participating and supporting efforts aiming at protecting the environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Kishan Khoday, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will be delivering a keynote speech at the forum. The event will take place in Jeddah Hilton Hotel, during 25-27 March 2012.

  • 13 Mar 2012
    UNDP and Shell Iraq sign partnership agreement in southern Iraq

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Shell Iraq today signed an agreement to implement a range of development projects in Southern Iraq. The four year partnership aims to increase the number of local area development activities, promote local small and medium enterprises and provide vocational training to respond to the private sector’s needs.

  • 05 Mar 2012
    Amat Al-Alim Alsoswa visits Yemen on an official mission

    Sana’a, Amat Al-Alim Alsoswa, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of United Nations Development Programme and Director of its Regional Bureau for Arab States, has arrived today to Sana’a for a three-day official mission that will last until Thursday 08 March 2012.

  • 20 Feb 2012
    Raising awareness on critical environmental issues to 800 students:"Nature's Festival" Play

    Under the High Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Najib Mikati, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Energy and Environment programme – is launching a theatrical production entitled: “Nature’s Festival” on Monday, 20th of February at 10:00am at the UNESCO Palace. Representing the Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Nazem Khoury, Minister of Environment, will attend the opening ceremony alongside H.E. Spanish Ambassador Mr. Juan Carlos Gafo, the UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Robert Watkins, ambassadors and environmental NGOs, in addition to 800 students from the public elementary schools. The play targets children whose age range varies between 6 and 10 years old and aims to raise their awareness on the critical environmental issues and challenges that face Lebanon.

  • 20 Feb 2012
    UNDP Response to the Famine in Somalia

    In response to the famine, which was declared in July 2011, UNDP allocated US$ 3 million (including 1 million from Central Emergency Relief Fund - CERF) to rapidly expand its emergency employment generation activities to include affected areas. This included cash-for-work initiatives to rehabilitate community and rural assets, and improve purchasing power of food and other essential items for households. Activities were expanded to drought-affected communities in Bakol, Gedo, Hiran, Galgudud, Banadir regions and, particularly, in the Afgooye corridor in Southern Central Somalia.

  • 19 Feb 2012
    Democracy is necessary but not enough, says UNDP’s Arab Development Challenges Report

    Cairo – Economic issues, central to the Arab uprisings, trail behind political issues in the post-revolution public discourse between the State, civil society and the International community, asserts the Arab Development challenges Report 2011, discussed today in Cairo in a public meeting which brought together representatives of a wide range of Egyptian political forces, academia and development professionals. The Report warns that if economic challenges (particularly social justice) are not addressed properly, they risk thwarting Arab progress on democratic transitions.