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  • 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.

  • 10 Feb 2012
    IRIN:YEMEN: despite its flaws election gives hope

    SANA'A - A presidential election to be held on 21 February in Yemen will open the door for a new chapter in the poorest and arguably most fragile country in the Arab world, says new Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Ba-Sindwa.

  • 01 Feb 2012
    Kuwait funds quake relief efforts in Eastern Turkey

    The Government of Kuwait has contributed US$ 250,000 to UNDP to finance relief operations in Van province, eastern Turkey, a region that was struck by two earthquakes in October and November last year.

  • 28 Jan 2012
    UNDP and WHO hand over first specialized TB Hospital to the Government of Iraq

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) handed over the first specialised Tuberculosis (TB) hospital to the Government of Iraq at a ceremony. The Hospital is located in the Sulimaniya Governorate, and will be supported by the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The KRG Minister of Health, Dr. Tahir Hawrami, and officials from the national TB programme in Baghdad, were also present at the ceremony.

  • 27 Jan 2012
    Norwegian United Nations worker held in Yemen, released unharmed

    Sana’a – The UN staff member, who has been held in Yemen since 15 January 2012, arrived today in a UN safe haven in Sana’a after he was released earlier in Ma’rib. He is in good health and is receiving standard medical examinations and psychological counselling. He has been in touch with his family and will be reunited with them in Norway soon.

  • 16 Jan 2012
    United Nations calls for achieving sustainable energy for all

    New York - As the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All kicked off today, United Nations officials called on governments, the private sector and civil society to help expand energy access, improve efficiency and increase the use of renewables.

  • 09 Jan 2012
    Meeting on mainstreaming HIV and health into UNDP’s practice areas

    Dubai – “Mainstreaming HIV & Health into UNDP’s Practice areas” which opened in Dubai, highlighted two factors, how to best identify opportunities to integrate HIV & Health in UNDP’s programs and projects, given the recent developments in the region, and the promotion of other health and non-health MDGs – particularly through cross-practice strategies.

  • 03 Jan 2012
    Improving livelihoods and reducing environmental degradation 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.

  • 21 Dec 2011
    US$ 15 million to support the early presidential elections in Yemen

    The project, which will last for two years a half, will adopt a two-phase approach: phase one will focus on the early presidential elections scheduled for 21 February, 2012; and phase two will focus on electoral reforms, the expected referendum on the new/revised constitution, and the post-referendum elections. The capacity of the SCER will be built during both phases at the institutional and individual levels. Support will be provided from a multi-partners basket fund to ensure both coordination and cost-effectiveness.

  • 16 Dec 2011
    Live Lebanon Goodwill Ambassadors distribute gifts to the kids all over Lebanon

    On the occasion of Christmas, the Live Lebanon – United Nations Development Programme – goodwill ambassador Mr. Fady Salemeh and the goodwill ambassador for West Europe and the president of “Les amis de Monaco” organization Ms. Boran Bweiry, will distribute gifts to the children of the Maarouf Saad kindergarten in Saida on Monday 19th of January 2011 at 12pm.

  • 14 Dec 2011
    Japan, UNDP extend partnership to accelerate economic recovery in Iraq

    Baghdad – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNDP have signed an extension of their existing partnership to accelerate the implementation of infrastructure and economic projects in key sectors such as electricity, water and sanitation, oil, transportation and industry. These projects have a total value of $3.28 billion, to date, and are implemented by Iraqi ministries.

  • 14 Dec 2011
    National campaign for justice launched in Baghdad

    The Iraqi Higher Judicial Council and UNDP jointly launched today a media campaign in Baghdad to raise awareness on the justice system in Iraq. This campaign is part of the UNDP programme "programme “Support to the Rule of Law and Justice in Iraq" which is generously funded generously funded by the European Union.

  • 14 Dec 2011
    JICA and UNDP extend partnership

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNDP have signed an extension of their existing partnership to accelerate the implementation of infrastructure and economic projects in key sectors such as electricity, water and sanitation, oil, transportation and industry. These projects have a total value of $3.28 billion, to date, and are implemented by Iraqi ministries.

  • 13 Dec 2011
    UNDP supports the government of the three states of Eastern Sudan in designing state strategic and locality development plans

    The State Governments of Eastern Sudan have shown increasing commitment to make their development interventions more effective, sustainable, equally accessible and responsive to the needs and priorities of citizens both at the state and locality level.

  • 13 Dec 2011
    New partners join reintegration services targeting ex-combatants

    Khartoum, four organizations were selected to became implementing partners of Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to provide income-generating activities to DDR participants in Sudan. Over the next 6 months, implementing partners will provide agriculture, livestock and small business opportunities to a total of 4,775 DDR participants in four states within the Central Sector: Khartoum, North Kordofan, Sennar, and White Nile states.