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  • 03 Feb 2013
    Egypt commits to implementing regional project to strengthen youth volunteerism

    Cairo – Egypt was the first country in the region to sign today a project agreement with the United Nations to expand opportunities for Egyptian youth in the area of volunteerism.

  • 23 Jan 2013
    Second international conference on learning difficulties and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder to be held

    The Kuwait Association For Learning Differences (KALD) along with UNDP Kuwait held a press conference today at UN House to mark the occasion of the 2nd International Conference on Learning Difficulties and Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Assessment & Intervention

  • 21 Jan 2013
    UNDP Regional Director: The Arab people look to their leaders for bold actions to maximize political, social and economic inclusion

    Riyadh - UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDPs Bureau for Arab States, Dr. Sima Bahous, said in Riyadh today that the Third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit is an opportune time for the Arab Leaders to address the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Arab populations for equitable development, dignity and freedom.

  • 10 Jan 2013
    JICA and UNDP sign partnership agreement to accelerate economic recovery in Iraq

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNDP have signed a new agreement to strengthen their partnership and accelerate the implementation of infrastructure and economic development projects in Iraq. The focus of the partnership will be in key sectors such as electricity, water and sanitation, oil, irrigation, transportation and industry.

  • 03 Jan 2013
    Improving livelihoods and reducing environmental degradation through alternative energy 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.

  • 17 Dec 2012
    UNDP reconfirms its strong commitment and support to the transitional process

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reconfirms its strong commitment and support to the transitional process through its continued support to Yemen’s update to the Voter Registry, Constitutional Referendum and post-Referendum elections by the signing of an agreement in the amount of 27 million SEK (approximately US $4 million) with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) for the implementation of the Support to the Elections during the Transitional Period (SETP) project in Yemen.

  • 10 Dec 2012
    Egypt, Libya and Tunisia discuss women’s participation in post-revolutionary elections

    Cairo – Policy makers, legislators and national opinion leaders from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia concluded consultations in a two-day, subregional forum on best strategies for advocating for women’s equal voice and participation in post-revolutionary elections.

  • 06 Dec 2012
    Better water governance and food security key to development in Arab region, says UNDP chief

    Doha – Water scarcity and consequently food insecurity are critical issues in the Arab States region, and climate change will exacerbate these already existing vulnerabilities, said United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today at the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8) hosted in Qatar.

  • 06 Dec 2012
    Democratic transitions in Arab world require strong legal foundations, says UNDP Chief

    Strengthening the rule of law, justice and security will be critical for the stability and inclusive growth of Arab states, especially those now facing the transition to democracy, said the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 05 Dec 2012
    Partnership and cooperation with Iraq’s Parliament

    UNDP and the Council of Representatives signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 2 December 2012 that defines their future cooperation and partnership.

  • 04 Dec 2012
    UNDP Administrator visits Baghdad to reinforce partnership and cooperation with the Iraqi people

    Baghdad - Ms. Helen Clark, the Administrator of UNDP and the Chair of the United Nations Development Group concluded a three day visit to Baghdad.

  • 30 Nov 2012
    Increasing access to sustainable energy - OFID contributes to UNDP’s initiative on renewable energy in Gaza

    Jerusalem – The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement worth USD529,300 to co-finance the Renewable Energy Generation through Solar Panels project in the Gaza Strip.

  • 29 Nov 2012
    UNDP opens data on over 6,000 projects in transparency drive

    New York — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new online portal allowing open, comprehensive public access to data on UNDP's work in 177 countries and territories, fulfilling a commitment to full transparency by 2013 above and beyond international standards

  • 28 Nov 2012
    More top footballers to join UNDP's 10th annual Match Against Poverty

    Geneva —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the addition of more world-renowned footballers – including Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, Djalma Feitosa Dia of Brazil, Fernando Hierro of Spain and Fernando Couto of Portugal – to the already star-studded team which will play in UNDP’s 10th Annual Match Against Poverty.

  • 26 Nov 2012
    Strengthening health systems in Sudan

    At the Central Medical Supplies warehouse in North Khartoum: 2.7 million USD worth of medical equipment was officially handed over from UNDP to the federal and State Ministries of Health. The equipment donated by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, included Lab and IT equipment as well as 22 vehicles to upgrade andsupport 19 Medical Laboratories, 5 Rural Hospitals and 25 Health Care Centers across the country. The vehicles and IT equipments are intended to strengthen the health management teams at the locality levels.

  • 25 Nov 2012
    Clean-up campaign in Kurani Ainkawa

    UNDP Iraq gathered over 100 children from Kurani Ainkawa to clean-up their neighbourhood. Kurani Ainkawa is a poor and socially conservative area at the heart of Erbil. UNDP Iraq is supporting the community to improve its accessibility to basic and social services and improve its socio-economic opportunities.

  • 17 Oct 2012
    "Assessing and managing risks in Lebanon" National Conference

    Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Prime Minister Mr. Najib Mikati, the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS), in partnership with the United Nations and the Disaster Risk Reduction unit at the Prime Minister’s Office, are organizing a national conference on “Assessing and Managing Risks in Lebanon” to promote a strategic approach to address vulnerabilities and to reduce risks.

  • 09 Oct 2012
    Women’s economic empowerment conference held in Baghdad

    Under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Rowsch Shaways and in cooperation with UNDP Iraq, the first ever Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference was held in Baghdad on 7-8 October under the slogan “Equality Means Business”. The conference was organized with support from UN Women, ILO and IOM.

  • 01 Oct 2012
    Humanitarian crisis threatens political transition in Yemen: UN official

    The international community directs greater focus on the political and security situation in Yemen; no one is concerned with the deteriorating, humanitarian aspect of the scene," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN humanitarian and resident coordinator, said at a Monday press conference organised by the UN Information Centre in Cairo.

  • 01 Oct 2012
    Brazil to host the 10th edition of the Match Against Poverty, featuring Ronaldo, Zidane and other football stars

    Geneva/New York/Brasilia — Football legends and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane are inviting some of the world’s top players to join them in an all-star line-up for the 10th “Match Against Poverty,” to take place on 19 December 2012 at the Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre, Brazil.