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  • UNDP takes part in Europe’s leading forum on development Jun 8, 2017

    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 the role of small businesses in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Commission during the European Development Days, Europe’s leading forum on development and cooperation, which took place on 7-8 June in Brussels.

  • US$12 million in loans to support thousands of small businesses quarrying ‘Development Minerals’ in Africa Jun 8, 2017

    Five thousand micro, small and medium scale Development Minerals operators will now have access to more affordable finance as a result of a partnership between the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Ltd (AGF), the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme.

  • New initiative to help boost citizen engagement across the Western Balkans Apr 25, 2017

    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.

  • European and Arab partners discuss development challenges and priorities across the Arab region Apr 6, 2017

    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 particular the importance of youth empowerment as a new area of development cooperation in the region. Representatives of EU institutions, Arab Ambassadors to EU and members of the Brussels-based policy, development, and think tank community participated in the debate.

  • New study provides pragmatic suggestions to help in creating decent employment and expand economic opportunities for Syrian refugees and communities hosting them Apr 5, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched today, on the side-lines of the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, their joint report entitled “Jobs Makes the Difference: Expanding Economic Opportunities for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities.” In line with the discussion in the EU-hosted Conference held today, the six-country study argues that expanding access to economic opportunities for those affected by the Syrian crisis must be a priority. However, it is equally makes it clear that the current response to the crisis, despite recent successes, is unlikely to be sufficient.

  • Lack of funding putting help for Syrian refugees and hosts at risk, as Brussels Syria Conference set to open Apr 4, 2017

    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 and the communities hosting them.

  • In Brussels, support for Roma integration gets a boost Mar 29, 2017

    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.

  • International Film Festival raises awareness about the global development goals Mar 24, 2017

    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.

  • World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP report Mar 21, 2017

    A quarter-century of impressive human development progress continues to leave many people behind, with systemic, often unmeasured, barriers to catching up. A stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these barriers is urgently needed to ensure sustainable human development for all.

  • Renewed commitment and a sub-regional approach needed for peace and stability in Central Africa, says UNDP Mar 14, 2017

    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 management of natural resources.