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  • 19 May 2014
    Funded by Japan and implemented by UNDP Beit Jala girls school celebrates the opening of its new building

    Bethlehem – Today marked an important step forward for girls in the Beit Jala School as they celebrated the inauguration of their new building in the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank. The school was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and the Municipalities of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.

  • 15 May 2014
    UNDP and UN Women sign a USD 29.5 million agreement with the Palestinian Ministries of Justice and Interior

    Ramallah - In a concerted effort to strengthen the rule of law and improve access to justice across the occupied Palestinian territory, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, UN Women and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 29.5 million agreement to support the establishment of a viable Palestinian state solidly based on the rule of law, human rights and justice.

  • 12 May 2014
    Study on women's roles in private sectors

    Nairobi - Although women make up over 60% of business owners in Somalia, they severely lack equal participation and representation in government and the private sector. Despite these obstacles, women across Somalia are challenging traditional barriers to representation and leadership in the private sector, according to a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study on the Role of Women in the Private Sector in Somalia presented today in Nairobi.

  • 08 May 2014
    Launch of the national energy efficiency awareness campaign

    The National Center for Energy Research (NERC) / Royal Scientific Society (RSS) launched yesterday the National Awareness Campaign with the support and partnership of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote the use of the energy efficiency label of household electric appliances.

  • 07 May 2014
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Regional Director for Arab States and Resident Representative in Yemen visit officials in Aden and inaugurate UNDP Sub-Office in Aden

    Mr Mourad Wahba, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Regional Director for Arab States and Mr Paolo Lembo, Resident Representative visited on 7 May the Port city of Aden, accompanied by Ms. Mikiko Tanaka, Country Director. Their visit aimed at meeting with Governorate officials, to get briefings from Land Claims Settlements and Dismissals and Forced Retirement commissions, while also looking at longer term development solutions such as youth employment.

  • 28 Apr 2014
    UNV holds the first Regional Youth Volunteering Forum and opens dialogue on youth volunteering in the Arab region

    Marrakesh, Morocco – The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is organizing the first Regional Youth Volunteering Forum, in Marrakesh, on 29 and 30 April, bringing together partners from the public sphere, civil society and youth to strengthen the dialogue on youth volunteering in the Arab region.

  • 14 Apr 2014
    UNDP and Japan Expand Partnership for a Better Future in the Arab World

    New York —The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week launched the third phase of a major initiative in support of transition in the Arab States region, expanding the partnership to cover 14 countries with the addition of Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.

  • 09 Apr 2014
    UNDP and Kuwait Expand Partnership for Response to Syria Crisis

    New York —The State of Kuwait this week contributed US$2.5 million towards UNDP’s emergency support in Syria and neighboring countries.

  • 07 Apr 2014
    Regional coordination essential for effective crisis mitigation in the Arab region

    Amman – Crisis response officials from 20 Arab countries started in Amman today meetings of the first regional conference “Towards a Crisis Response Network in the Arab Region.” Over two days, the conference discusses means to enhance the regional architecture for crisis management in order to link and strengthen national institutions, operating procedures, and capacities in early warning and crisis response.

  • 06 Apr 2014
    UNDP launches its first-ever regional project to support Arab Women’s Participation in the Public Sphere, “Mosharaka”

    Amman – At the close of a 2-day consultation that brought together key women’s-rights stakeholders and activists from around the Arab region, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched its new regional project, “Mosharaka” –Arabic for participation. The project galvanizes efforts of government institutions, civil society–especially women-based organizations, human rights councils, the private sector, the League of Arab States and several UN agencies, to foster inclusive participation of Arab women in public life, including the political, economic and social spheres.

  • 06 Apr 2014
    A new project to support peace and development in Yemen

    Sana'a - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Government of Yemen (GoY) signed a new project to support increasing citizen participation in peace, development planning and policy development, as well as reintegrating marginalized groups into development sphere with much focus to youth and women.

  • 03 Apr 2014
    As Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Reach the One Million Mark, UNDP and the UK Department for International Development Boost Cooperation in Support of Host Communities

    New York –Today according to UNHCR estimates the number of refugees who have fled Syria and registered in Lebanon has surpassed the milestone of one million, leaving the country to Syria’s west with the highest population of refugees-per-capita worldwide.

  • 01 Apr 2014
    Women pivotal to bringing lasting peace to countries in conflict

    Amman - Women activists from 11 countries across the Arab region convened today to identify means to support women’s participation in peace making and ensure women’s protection from all forms of violence during times of conflict and emergency.

  • 01 Apr 2014
    The world celebrates first ever International Day on Sport for Development and Peace

    The UN General Assembly has declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Created at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee and officially announced at the United Nations headquarters last August, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promotes the role of sport as a tool at the service of society and a universal tool for peace.

  • 31 Mar 2014
    UNDP Unveils Youth Strategy

    Tunis, 31 March 2014 – calling young people “more connected, better informed and with greater creativity than any previous generation”, UNDP Assistant Administrator Sima Bahous today kicked off a three-day event focusing on UNDP’s work on youth and development with the presentation of UNDP’s first youth strategy entitled “Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future”.

  • 04 Mar 2014
    UNDP supports the Government of Yemen with formulating a partnership framework with CSOs

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) congratulates the Government of Yemen (GoY) on its remarkable achievement of launching the "Partnership Framework between the Government of Yemen and Civil Society Organizations" during the “Partnership for Development Knowledge Conference” held today at Movenpick Hotel in Sana'a. The partnership framework is part of the Government's commitment to the Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) approved at Donors Meeting held in Riyadh in September 2012.

  • 20 Feb 2014
    Arab and South perspectives help shape the new global development agenda

    Doha – Developing countries of the South are taking greater control of their development future as the world debates a new global development agenda that will shape the 21st century, concluded delegates to the “First Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo,” which concluded today in the Qatari capital, Doha.

  • 19 Feb 2014
    UNDP Administrator visits "Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People"

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark wrapped up a two day visit to the occupied Palestinian territories today which focused on development priorities there and how UNDP could support them.

  • 18 Feb 2014
    The search for solutions to Arab development challenges heads south

    Doha – The “First Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo” opened today in the Qatari capital, Doha. The Expo is the first ever forum in the Arab region seeking to study successful development solutions from the global South and possibilities for their replication and scaling up, and to strengthen the exchange of tangible solutions and experiences between countries of the South and the Arab region in response to common development challenges.

  • 16 Feb 2014
    ITC and UNDP join forces to bring Palestinian women back to business

    Ramallah - The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Business Women Forum-Palestine (BWF), today launched a new project to empower Palestinian women business owners and help build capacity to ensure that they are better enabled to sell their goods and services.