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

    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.

  • 30 Jul 2014
    Regional coordination essential for effective crisis mitigation in the Arab region

    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.

  • 30 Jul 2014
    The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon described the situation in Gaza as one of “horrifying levels of physical destruction”

    The UN chief, who has been in the region this week to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and to help them end the current cycle of violence, again stressed to all sides that they must abide by their international obligations to respect the sanctity of civilian life and the inviolability of UN premises, and to honour their obligations to humanitarian workers.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience

    Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, launched here today by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Director of the Human Development Report Office Khalid Malik.

  • 11 Jul 2014
    'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians' by the UNDP and the Climate Parliament

    The publication 'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians' was launched 4 by the Administrator of UNDP, Ms Helen Clark, and the European Commissioner for Development, Mr Andris Piebalgs, at the first annual Sustainable Energy For All Forum, taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York.

  • 07 Jul 2014
    MDG Report 2014 released

    The The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 was launched today in New York by the Secretary-General. The report presents the latest assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs. The report shows that significant progress has been made across all goals and millions of lives have been saved. Yet, much more effort is needed in many areas. Continued progress towards the MDGs in the remaining year is essential in order to provide a solid foundation for the post-2015 development agenda.

  • 21 May 2014
    UNDP's support for the elections in Malawi

    Voters in Malawi headed to the polls on Tuesday, 20 May 2014, fifty years after the country's independence. Over 7.4 million people were registered to vote, a 16 percent increase from the elections in 2009, and according to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), the majority were women.

  • 21 May 2014
    JMDI side-event at the 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development

    The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) was represented for the sixth time at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden, and contributed through the organization of a side-event entitled “Local Authorities: the missing link to harness the potential of migration for development” which was held during the Civil Society Days on May 13th.

  • 09 May 2014
    Joint initiative of UNDP and European cities and regions identifies cooperation opportunities with provinces and cities in Ecuador

    A delegation of representatives from the cities of Barcelona, Bilbao, Milan and the region of the Basque Country visited Ecuador to begin a relationship of innovative territorial cooperation with Ecuadorean provinces and cities. This mission is part of the initiative Innovation in Sustainable Territorial Partnerships (I – STEPS), which aims to strengthen opportunities for exchange of experiences and mutual benefit between the North and the South.

  • 09 May 2014
    EU contributed in 2013 over EUR 185 million to UNDP interventions

    The EU is one of UNDP's most important single contributor. In 2013, we signed 72 contribution agreements amounting to the total value of EUR 186 million. Over the period 2003-2013, EU funds to UNDP programmes total approximately EUR 3.5 billion

  • 29 Apr 2014
    UNDP calls for swift action on resilience to mitigate impact of crises and disasters

    On 28 April, the UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark attended the first EU High-level Forum on Resilience held in Brussels. Organized by the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Kristalina Georgieva, and the EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, the Forum aimed to facilitate a general dialogue on the resilience agenda and promote exchange of practices among key international actors involved in this field. Speaking at the event, she called for concerted action by all key stakeholders to mitigate the impact of crises and disasters.

  • 14 Apr 2014
    Guinea-Bissau votes in bid for stability

    Voters in Guinea-Bissau headed to the polls on Sunday 13 April, in a presidential and parliamentary election many hope will bring stability to the tiny West African nation. UNDP has has been supporting the election cycle in the country, managing a USD $6.6 million basket fund that includes financing from the EU and other donors.

  • 11 Apr 2014
    Winners at the 2014 Millenium Film Festival

    The film ”‘Life Sentences”, from the Israeli filmmakers Nurit Kedar and Yaron Shani, was awarded the“Objectif d’Or”, the Grand Award of the 6th edition of the Millenium Film Festival, which successfully concluded in Brussels on 11 April 2014.

  • 04 Apr 2014
    “Ash and Money” opens 2014 edition of the Millenium MDG Festival

    The opening ceremony of the sixth edition of the international Millenium documentary film festival, on 3 April, featured “Ash and Money”, an Estonian movie directed by Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper about the state of affairs in democracy, the media and grass-roots society. The movie is set in March 2010 when the popular “NO99 Theatre” announced that it would attempt to create a new successful and energetic super-party, “Unified Estonia”, through commonly used political communication tricks.

  • 02 Apr 2014
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at Millenium Film Festival preview in Brussels

    On 2 April the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended a preview of the sixth edition of the Millenium Film Festival to be held in Brussels over the next few days. Mr. Ban Ki-moon was joined for the occasion by the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva and over 110 staff of the United Nations in Brussels.

  • 25 Mar 2014
    Outcomes of the 10-year review of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme

    The tenth anniversary of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between UNDP and the EU, jointly signed in 2004, was observed in February 2014. To mark this occasion, UNDP launched a 10-year report on its partnership with the EU with held discussions with DEVCO to review the status and identify areas for future collaboration.

  • 10 Mar 2014
    Reducing poverty in the world

    Professor Bhagwati will speak at the next Kapuscinski development lectures to be held on 19 March 2014 at 3:30pm at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). He will draw on India's experience and the lessons it offers in finding effective ways to reduce poverty.

  • 19 Feb 2014
    UNDP-EU 10-Year Partnership Report launched

    “The report we are launching today clearly demonstrates how the UNDP-EU partnership can advance human development around the world, and make a difference where it matters the most,“ said Rebeca Grynspan when she presented the first-ever report on the partnership between UNDP and the EU.

  • 19 Feb 2014
    Rebeca Grynspan: Launch of the 10-year report on UNDP-EU partnership

    Speech of Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator, on the launch of the 10-year UNDP-EU report at the European Parliament in Brussels (19 February 2014)

  • 14 Feb 2014
    Celebrating the first bloom of the Arab Spring: Tunisia adopts its new Constitution

    On 27 January 2014, the new Constitution of Tunisia was adopted by an overwhelming majority of the National Constituent Assembly, marking a historic moment for the country. This is Tunisia’s first democratic constitution and opens a new chapter in the country’s democratic transition. Since 2012, UNDP, through its Constitutional Support Project (2012-15), has been a key partner in providing support to the constitutional process and capacity development to the NCA. The project was supported by various donors, including the EU.