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  • 21 Sep 2012
    Social Good Summit in NYC goes global

    New York —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is partnering with Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, the New York City-based community and cultural center 92Y, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ericsson for the Social Good Summit – a series of global online and in-person gatherings of thousands of citizens, activists, technologists, and celebrities. Each of the events will focus on bringing new voices to the discussion of how new media and technology can play a role in solving the world's most pressing problems.

  • 11 Sep 2012
    The Government of Japan and UNDP handed over houses to families in Gaza

    Gaza – Today 120 families are the proud owners of houses handed over to them by the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme in Khan Younis. Mr Hideaki Yamamoto, Deputy Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, Yasmine Sherif, UNDP Deputy Special Representative and representatives from 20 families, attended the ceremony at UNDP offices in Gaza.

  • 09 Sep 2012
    United Nations System in Yemen hails Riyadh donor meeting

    The two-day meeting of Yemen’s donors 4-5 September has demonstrated the commitment of the international community to support Yemen to overcome current development and humanitarian challenges in addition to ensuring the timely and honest implementation of the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator said: “The message from the donors was clear, that Yemen deserves urgent support to ensure a successful transition to a stable nation. Several donors highlighted the humanitarian crisis faced by the country and the need to address it.”

  • 30 Aug 2012
    PACC and UNDP sign USD 270,000 agreement to enhance anti-corruption efforts

    Ramallah, 30 August 2012 - The Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the presence of the European Union Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS), signed an agreement worth USD 270,000 to enhance anti-corruption efforts and increase citizen’s participation in the occupied Palestinian territory.

  • 29 Aug 2012
    Partnership with the Global Fund and UNDP is making significant progress to fight AIDs, Malaria and TB

  • 16 Aug 2012
    HRF and UNDP aim to improve hygiene facilities in Iraqi schools

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Iraq and the Human Relief Foundation (HRF) have signed an agreement under the Expanded Humanitarian Response Fund (ERF). This will give greater flexibility in responding to the numerous infrastructural challenges that remain to be dealt with after a decade of violence and destruction in Iraq.

  • 16 Aug 2012
    Twinning initiative held for ministry of planning

    UNDP Iraq facilitated an important twinning initiative between the ministries responsible for key areas of planning in Iraq and Jordan. This was an opportunity for the two nations to share ideas and learn from one another’s experiences.

  • 15 Aug 2012
    UNDP provides technical support to the transitional justice in Yemen

    Sana’a, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Yemen (GoY) signed today the Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice in Yemen (2012 – 2014) Project, at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC).

  • 01 Aug 2012
    Sustainable energy for the future UNDP signs an agreement to support the Palestinian solar initiative

    The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority, the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development and the United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement worth USD 50,000 to support the Palestinian Solar Initiative (PSI). The Initiative addresses social, economic and environmental objectives to tackle poverty and promote sustainable development through an integrated energy solutions model.

  • 26 Jul 2012
    More electricity for Iraq as UNDP completes rehabilitation works at Al-Mussaib power station

    UNDP Iraq recently visited the Al-Mussaib power station to commemorate the completion of rehabilitation works on one of the station’s units. The works will now ensure a stable supply of 200 MW of electricity. “The project has been completed just in time to meet the peak of summer demand,” said a relieved Engineer Raheem of the Ministry of Electricity who managed this rehabilitation project which was financed by the United Nations Iraq Trust Fund through a generous contribution by the Government of Japan.

  • 24 Jul 2012
    UNDP and the government of Yemen sign two project documents to support human rights and biodiversity

    Sana’a, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Government of Yemen (GoY( signed today two important projects documents at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC).

  • 17 Jul 2012
    Supporting the Missan Governorate to revise its provincial development strategy

    UNDP Iraq has organised a series of workshops in Erbil and Basra to support the Governorate of Missan to revise its Provincial Development Strategy.

  • 09 Jul 2012
    UNDP & DHL run preparedness program 'Get Airports Ready for Disaster”

    Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Ghazi El-Aridi, Minister of Public Works and Transportation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and DHL are organizing the launching ceremony of the “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) training, which prepares the Airport for the post-disaster logistics situation, on Monday July 9th at 11.00 a.m. at the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport.

  • 06 Jul 2012
    Launching of the ministry of justice’s electronic legal databases by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme

    In the presence of His Excellency the Minister of Justice President Chakib Kortbawi, the Ministry of Justice, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are organizing a ceremony for the launching of the legal electronic databases for the Ministry of Justice and the Institute of Judicial Studies, which gives access to all judges to valuable legal knowledge. The event will take place at 1 pm on Friday July 6, 2012 at the House of the Lawyer - Palace of Justice, Beirut.

  • 02 Jul 2012
    UN Peace-Building Fund contributes one million dollars to support the early presidential elections in Yemen

    Sana’a, The UN Peace-Building Fund (PBF) has allocated one million dollars to the “Support to Elections During the Transitional” Project.

  • 02 Jul 2012
    With the participation of the UN RC Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Yemen launches transitional program for stabilization and development 2012-2014

    Yemen launched on Monday a transitional program for 2012-2014 that aimed at restoring political, security and economic stability with external aid. During a meeting titled "Donors Strategic Partnership Forum," which discussed the program and a joint social and economic assessment after the unrest in 2011, the Yemeni government kicked off the program, whose priority was finalizing a peaceful power transfer under a UN-sponsored transition deal reached in November 2011.

  • 01 Jul 2012
    National consultative workshop on Arab youth volunteering for a better future

    The National Consultative Workshop on Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future was launched on Sunday 1 July 2012 in Sana’a. Under the patronage of Mr. Mohammad Al-Saadi, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, and with the participation of Mr. Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, the 2-day workshop aims to facilitate a participatory dialogue, involving different youth factions, to create an enabling environment for youth to take the lead in designing and implementing programmes.

  • 26 Jun 2012
    UN resident coordinator meets with the Yemeni Nobel Prize Laureate Ms. Tawakkol Karman

    Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, met today with Ms. Tawakkol Karaman, Nobel Prize Laureate for Peace in her tent in Tagheer Square, in Sana’a.

  • 20 Jun 2012
    Equator Prize winners honored at Rio+20 for community-led environment and poverty solutions

    Rio de Janeiro — The Equator Initiative celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Equator Prize with a gala event at the Vivo Rio concert hall, as part of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Twenty-five local and indigenous groups earned distinctions for their outstanding contributions to sustainable development, leading campaigns that address central themes to the Rio+20 conference like food security, freshwater access, sustainable energy, oceans and biodiversity. In addition, the Equator Initiative awarded thematic prizes in ten categories from the pool of winners.

  • 14 Jun 2012
    UNDP continues to support the government of Sudan to develop the capacity of human rights

    Khartoum: As part of UNDP’s support to the Government of Sudan in the area of promoting human rights protection, the Advisory Council for Human Rights organized Thursday 14 June, a high level forum for developing capacities of human rights in Sudan- which coincided with the visit of the Independent Expert for Human Rights, Massaoud Badareen,