UNDP takes part in Europe’s leading forum on development

In 2017, the European Development Days focus on the role of private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Advocates Jeffrey Sachs and Muhammad Yunus and Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director of EC’s Department for International Cooperation and Development, were among key speakers of a panel on...

US$12 million in loans to support thousands of small businesses quarrying ‘Development Minerals’ in Africa

Loans for small businesses that quarry, manufacture and trade gravel, clay, granite, gypsum and other local materials critical for development in five African countries Five thousand micro, small and medium scale Development Minerals operators will now have access to more affordable finance as a result of a...

New initiative to help boost citizen engagement across the Western Balkans

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) launched an ambitious programme to substantially increase the involvement of civil society organizations in local development efforts. Spanning Albania, Kosovo,* Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Bosnia and...

UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator

New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator. Mr Steiner’s nomination for UNDP Administrator was forwarded by Secretary-General António Guterres to the General...

European and Arab partners discuss development challenges and priorities across the Arab region

2016 Arab Human Development Report highlights the important role of youth in achieving the development goals in the region The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Commission (EC) and the EastWest Institute (EWI) discussed today the development challenges and priorities in the Arab region, in...

Lack of funding putting help for Syrian refugees and hosts at risk, as Brussels Syria Conference set to open

As the ‘Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region’ opens, UNHCR and UNDP – on behalf of the 240 international and national partners and the host governments in the region – are extremely concerned by the current low funding levels of the response to help millions of Syrian refugees...

In Brussels, support for Roma integration gets a boost

The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank (WB) and the Council of Europe (CoE) launched today three new projects to support Roma integration in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The UNDP and the World Bank will carry out a survey covering important aspects of...

International Film Festival raises awareness about the global development goals

The European Union and the United Nations are supporting its 9th edition Seventy-five documentaries from all over the world will be screened during the 2017 edition of the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, which starts today in Brussels. “One of the key objectives of the Millenium Festival is to...

World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP report

Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled. A quarter-century of impressive human development progress continues to leave many people behind, with systemic, often...

Renewed commitment and a sub-regional approach needed for peace and stability in Central Africa, says UNDP

Brussels--Persistent insecurity and fragility in the Central African sub-region can only be addressed if national and regional actors, as well as international partners, prioritize peacebuilding and development of border areas, boost citizen’s engagement and participation, and improve governance indicators and...

EU and UNDP to support millions of Iraqis in liberated areas get back on their feet

The European Union (EU) has contributed around US$14.8 million (€14 million) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).   Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local...