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  • 18 Dec 2014
    UN and Partners Launch Major Aid Plans for Syria and Region

    Berlin – As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over $8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. The appeal includes two main elements: support for the 12 million displaced and conflict-affected people inside Syria, and addressing the needs of the millions of Syrian refugees in the region and the countries and communities hosting them.

  • 28 Oct 2014
    U.S. Pledges $10 Million to UNDP’s Syrian Refugee Programme

    Berlin, Germany– The United States has pledged $10 million to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) project supporting Syrian refugees who have fled to host communities in neighbouring countries. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard announced the pledge at the “Conference on Syrian Refugee Situation – supporting stability in the region” hosted today in Berlin, Germany.

  • 18 Sep 2014
    Switzerland continues its support to the recovery and development efforts in Darfur

    Khartoum - Switzerland continues its support to the recovery and development efforts in Darfur. Today, an amount of USD267,000 has been granted to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in support for its Livelihoods and Recovery Programme targeting vulnerable communities in Central, West, North and South Darfur.

  • 11 Sep 2014
    Announcing the Start of Funding for Shelter in Gaza and Appealing for Additional Support

    Jerusalem – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced a USD 1 million in funds for shelter support in Gaza at a joint press conference with UNRWA and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

  • 11 Sep 2014
    Visit of UNDP Administrator and UNHCR Commissioner to Lebanon

    Beirut, Ms. Helen Clark, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will arrive in Lebanon on Sunday 14 September 2014.

  • 26 Aug 2014
    Arab Cities Disaster Resilient Training

    Welcome Dear Colleagues and participants! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Cairo and to the Urban Risk Management workshop being organized for the UNDP Arab States Community of Practice.

  • 06 Aug 2014
    Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on Gaza

    UNDP welcomes the current ceasefire and expresses its hopes for an agreement which ends hostilities and civilian suffering while also laying a foundation for sustainable peace. UNDP is supporting the Palestinians to assess immediate needs and chart a path for recovery and human development.

  • 18 Jun 2014
    Sima Bahous: Message on the eve of the Top Donors Meeting in Kuwait

    "Now is the time for action to support resilience" - says a report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) about the impact of the Syria crisis in the sub-region. It is against the backdrop of the international community’s inability to resolve, let alone finance the response to the crisis in Syria, that the Top Donors Group for Syria will meet in Kuwait City tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 June.

  • 04 Jun 2014
    Fletcher & Renda head to south Lebanon to follow-up on UK funded projects to host communities

    British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher visited south Lebanon where he saw first-hand the UK-funded municipalities Host Communities Programme, implemented by UNDP. The programme will support municipalities to increase delivery of livelihood services in areas of Lebanon most affected by the Syrian refugee influx.

  • 21 May 2014
    Sima Bahous: Lecture at Kyoto University "Towards Resilience in the Arab World"

    It is an honor to be here with you today in this center of excellence for the preparation of national and world leaders, the Shishu-Kan Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies. I thank the honorable Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of the Kyoto University, and Professor Hidetoshi Kotera, Executive Vice President, for their kind invitation and warm welcome to speak with you today.

  • 09 May 2014
    Field simulation scenario on disasters response in byblos

    Within the scope of implementing the National Response Plan, the UNDP - Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers with the collaboration of the National Committee of Disaster Management and the Response Committee of the Caza of Byblos implemented a field simulation scenario on earthquake associated with a tsunami disasters management in Byblos City on May 8 2014.

  • 07 Apr 2014
    Regional coordination essential for effective crisis mitigation in the Arab region

    Amman – 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.

  • 06 Apr 2014
    A new project to support peace and development in Yemen

    Sana'a - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Government of Yemen (GoY) signed a new project to support increasing citizen participation in peace, development planning and policy development, as well as reintegrating marginalized groups into development sphere with much focus to youth and women.

  • 03 Apr 2014
    As Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Reach the One Million Mark, UNDP and the UK Department for International Development Boost Cooperation in Support of Host Communities

    New York –Today according to UNHCR estimates the number of refugees who have fled Syria and registered in Lebanon has surpassed the milestone of one million, leaving the country to Syria’s west with the highest population of refugees-per-capita worldwide.

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

    Amman - 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.

  • 10 Mar 2014
    Lebanon – Reviving Markets and Stimulating the Local Economy

    The project to renovate the Al-Marj market was undertaken as part of UNDP’s efforts to respond to the impacts of the Syria crisis in the region, with a focus on helping communities cope with immediate needs, recover from setbacks, and sustain recovery through development gains over the long term. Renovation of the market benefited the host community as well as stimulating the local economy for Lebanese and Syrians alike.

  • 11 Feb 2014
    Yemen launches a multidimensional livelihoods assessment in four conflict affected areas

    Sana’a - The Government of Yemen and the United Nations Development Programme in Yemen launched today the findings of a comprehensive multidimensional livelihoods assessment in conflict affected areas of Abyan, Amran, Hajjah and Taiz Governorates.

  • 15 Jan 2014
    Sima Bahous: How neighbouring countries are responding to the Syria crisis: Resilience, stabilization & solidarity

    I am pleased to welcome you to this important event in my capacity as Chair of Arab States/Middle East and North Africa Regional United Nations Development Group (R-UNDG). Today we will be presented with an overview of the National Response Plans of the Governments of Jordan and Lebanon to the Syrian refugee crisis, a crisis that continues to become more and more pronounced as a story of unspeakable human tragedy.

  • 08 Jan 2014
    Partners discuss UNDP’s US$166 Million Resilience-based Development Response to the crisis in Syria and neighbouring Countries

    Amman – Development partners from 18 countries and the EU meeting in Amman today agreed that the Kuwait II Pledging Conference for Syria, slated for 15 January 2014, should encompass support for critical development efforts to compliment the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria and its spill over impacts on neighbouring countries. The meeting which brought together partners with long-standing experience and knowledge of the region and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Directors from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey endorsed UNDP’s Resilience-based Development Response in support of people and communities affected by the Syrian crisis in the five countries.

  • 28 Dec 2013
    A new study warns of risk on infrastructure components in Petra

    A study released this week warned of a marginal risk on buildings, roads and infrastructure components in the Petra region due to the anticipated level of seismic hazard in the area, in addition to potential risk in case of flash floods, landslides and rock slides in certain locations.