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  • 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.

  • 13 Dec 2011
    Italy and UNDP hand over to the General Personnel Council the Civil Service Leadership Programme

    Ramallah – Marking its successful completion, the General Personnel Council (GPC), in cooperation with the Government of Italy and the United Nations Development Programme held a handover ceremony for the Civil Service Leadership Development programme and assets.

  • 11 Dec 2011
    UNDP and Ministry of Oil agree on New Long Term Partnership to Support Skills Development in the Oil and Gas Sector in Iraq

    Baghdad - The United Nations Development Programme and the Iraqi Ministry of Oil have signed a new two-year partnership for skills development and human resources management in the oil and gas sector. This partnership will also help support the expansion of the sector and its ability to create jobs for the rapidly growing Iraqi labour force.

  • 11 Dec 2011
    UNDP Sudan issues statement regarding media reports on east Sudan

    Khartoum, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan categorically denies association with information published in several media outlets under the title ‘Sudan: security ‘volcano’ ready to blow in the east,’ No UNDP Sudan staff has made such statements. Journalistic norms, therefore, requires that any media outlet that has published such information should disassociate UNDP from these articles.

  • 09 Dec 2011
    Iraqi parliamentary staff exchange experiences in Europe

    A high level delegation of staff from the Iraqi Council of Representatives recently concluded a series of consultations in Brussels, Belgium. The visit was hosted by UNDP to explore how to improve the effectiveness of the Secretariat of the Iraqi Parliament.

  • 08 Dec 2011
    UNDP Kuwait celebrates Human Rights Day 2011

    The United Nations Development Programme in Kuwait is proud to celebrate Human Rights Day on the 10th of December 2011. As the promotion of human rights is a fundamental goal of the United Nations, Human Rights are intrinsic to the work of the United Nations Development Programme in Kuwait.

  • 08 Dec 2011
    UNDP Kuwait commemorates International Anti-Corruption Day

    KUWAIT CITY, 8 December (UNDP Kuwait) - The United Nations Development Programme in Kuwait is proud to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day on the 9th of December 2011. Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.

  • 07 Dec 2011
    30 international football greats join UNDP to support Horn of Africa famine relief

    Geneva / Hamburg — Football superstar Didier Drogba has joined a star-studded array of 30 international active and retired players who will take part in Tuesday’s Match Against Poverty, hosted by German team Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV) in Hamburg, to raise awareness and funds for the Horn of Africa famine relief effort.

  • 07 Dec 2011
    Open day for justice services in Erbil

    During an open day ceremony held at the Erbil Investigative Court today, the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union provided information on their support to the Kurdistan Judiciary, and in particular to the Erbil Investigative Court.

  • 06 Dec 2011
    UNDP provides emergency assistance for Abyan IDPs

    The impact of the unrest situation on social and economic landscape of Abyan has been dramatic and devastating. According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), close to 90,000 persons were forced to flee outside the conflict area as Internal Displaced Peoples (IDPs). Abyan governorate had the lion-share of IDPs, with just over forty thousand displaced in the governorate. Half of them took refuge in the schools and public premises in Aden, looking for any life-saving and critical support that would help them cope with their displacement and decrease their vulnerability.