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  • 04 Jun 2012
    Lebanon hosts international UNDP workshop on ICT best practices in Urban Management

    Beirut – City authorities from across the Middle East and North Africa convened in Beirut recently to hear how UNDP is helping to improve local development through bits and bytes. The local authorities shared experiences and heard success stories in everything from advanced Geographic Information Systems to software solutions that manage public documents.

  • 04 Jun 2012
    UNDP and UN volunteers mark World Environment Day by cleaning the shores of Gaza

    Gaza Strip - UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, in partnership with the United Nations Volunteers programme in the occupied Palestinian territory, marked World Environment Day with a beach cleaning campaign in the Gaza Strip. The campaign is funded by the Government of Japan, through the job creation programme, and implemented in cooperation with six local partners.

  • 04 Jun 2012
    Kuwait's Minister calls for e-waste treatment law overhaul

    Kuwait's Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs, Dr. Fadhel Safar, stressed the significance of revamping pieces of legislation and laws pertaining to e-waste treatment. Addressing an important electronic waste treatment conference supported by UNDP Kuwait, the minister said it is necessary to overhaul e-waste treatment laws.

  • 30 May 2012
    Inauguration of "geographic information system platform of Tripoli city» and launch of international workshop on ICT use for local development

    UNDP Lebanon through ART Lebanon project and in the framework of the Information Society Initiative for the Mediterranean (ART-ISI@MED) is inaugurating the first phase of The Geographic Information System platform of Tripoli city and launching an international workshop on the use of a new handbook outlining how ICT can improve municipal services and contribute to local development. This will be held on Wednesday 30 May 2010 at Radisson Blue Martinez Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, at 10:00 a.m.

  • 24 May 2012
    Khartoum Declaration fosters new cooperation

    Khartoum - The Regional Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control concluded on May 23rd with the agreement of Sudan, Central African Republic,Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya to improve their cooperation and coordination through the creation of a regional mechanism that will aim to control, manage and safeguard against the proliferation of small arms and illegal trafficking of weapons

  • 24 May 2012
    UNDP Live Lebanon and Tetra Pak re-shaping development work in Paradis d’Enfants

    With the aim to engage the private sector in the development initiatives in Lebanon, UNDP Live Lebanon partnered with Tetra Pak to rehabilitate part of Paradis d’Enfants’s playground and promote the school’s quality academics, including the recreational and extracurricular activities as part of the curriculum. In this respect, Tetra Pak volunteers were engaged in the process of beautifying and nurturing the playground hand in hand with the students.

  • 21 May 2012
    Lebanese expert expatriate trains ministries on food safety

    In collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Trade, the UNDP “Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals” project (TOKTEN) is organizing the opening session of the food safety training on Monday 21st of June at 10am, in Mathaf at the Institute of Finance (1st Floor). Professor Fadi Aramouni, the Lebanese food safety expert from Kansas University, will conduct the trainings which aim at building the capacities of the ministries on food safety inspection. From the 21st until 24th of May, Mr. Aramouni will train 140 inspectors from the Ministry of Economy and Trade in the ministry.

  • 21 May 2012
    United Nations and Saudi Arabia launch cooperation for food and drug safety

    The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) was established in 1424H (2003) as an independent body to ensure safety of food and drug products in the Kingdom, reporting directly to the President of the Council of Ministers. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the lead agency in the UN for country level development cooperation, with over $5billion of activities each year in over 177 countries. UNDP started its presence in Saudi Arabia in 1966 and has supported capacity development projects in areas such as public administration, youth empowerment, energy and environment and economic diversification

  • 21 May 2012
    Reintegration services continue to roll out for South Kordofans

    As part of its firm commitment to fulfilling its obligations to provide Reintegration services to ex-combatants in South Kordofan State, Sunday May 20, 2012 saw the signing of a final contract by national NGO, Jasmar with UNDP DDR and its partner SDDRC. This contract which will see the provision of agriculture and livestock reintegration packages for 368 demobilized ex-combatants with disabilities.

  • 20 May 2012
    UNDP Iraq sponsors photo exhibition in Sulaymaniyah

    In partnership with the Heartland Alliance foundation, UNDP Iraq recently sponsored a photo exhibition in Sulaymaniyah.

  • 20 May 2012
    Raising awareness on family support, justice and security

    UNDP Iraq held a workshop to raise awareness on the Family Support, Justice and Security Project and the role of Family Protection Units, which provide assistance to victims of domestic and gender based violence.

  • 17 May 2012
    National Youth Survey conducted by UNDP Kuwait

    UNDP Kuwait has been making great efforts to develop a national survey that is set to spearhead the Youth Programme’s future initiatives. This new project is one of a number of assessments the programme is undergoing to better cater to the needs of youth nationally. Little to no research exists on youth in Kuwait, a common challenge for most human development planners. Despite that, Kuwaiti youth have much to offer and are well aware of the challenges that make it difficult for youth empowerment to be more than a common reality in Kuwait.

  • 16 May 2012
    Kuwait to become first gulf state to implement WRACATI Project

    Kuwait has become the first gulf country to implement the WRACATI project with support of the UNDP. Kuwait will implement the project as the seventh country in the Arab region and the first in the Gulf.

  • 12 May 2012
    Signing of "emergency capacity development facility" project document, Ould Cheikh Ahmed: this is an important step to confirm our support to the needs of transition

    ana’a - A signing ceremony of “Emergency Capacity Development Facility” project document was held today in Sana’a, between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) , and the Government of Yemen (GoY), represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC

  • 12 May 2012
    Conference on best practices of human rights committees

    In cooperation with the Iraqi Human Rights Committee at the Council of Representatives, UNDP held a conference on best practices of Human Rights Committees.

  • 11 May 2012
    Beirut roundtable discussion on laying foundations of the developmental state in the Arab region

    In coordination and co-sponsorship with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Center in Cairo (UNDP-RCC), the Carnegie Middle East Center will host the presentation and discussion of UNDP’s Arab Development Challenges Report 2011: Towards the Developmental State in the Arab Region. The discussion will take place at the Carnegie’s premises in Downtown (Bashir Street, Lazarieh bldg., Bloc A) on Friday 11th of May 2012 at 9am. In order to respond to the demand for dignity, social justice and freedom that reverberated across Arab streets since late 2010, the Report argues that Arab states need to adopt a “Developmental state” model based on a new social contract of mutual accountability and shed the rentier-based political economy model

  • 05 May 2012
    Launch of the National Energy Efficiency Programme: Phase 2

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with King Abdul-Aziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) – Saudi Energy Efficiency Centre (SEEC) launched Phase Two of the National Energy Efficiency Programme, with a total budget of $2,373,586 And a one year duration starting from1st of January 2012 and ending by 31st of December 2012.

  • 05 May 2012
    80% of traffic project implemented, says Ministry

    Kuwait has marked its commitment to improving traffic initiatives last week. In collaboration with UNDP Kuwait, the Ministry of Interior and the Government have ensured the implementation of the UN resolutions for improving road safety in the country. The event marked the first anniversary of the integration of the plan concerning the advancement of national traffic initiatives.

  • 02 May 2012
    Business Idea Competition UNDP Encourages Young Entrepreneurs in Blue Nile State

    Khartoum- As part of UN Joint Programme on Youth Employment, UNDP continues to support the new business initiatives that link the youth with sustainable employment opportunities. UNDP launched a second phase of Business Ideas Competition for youth in the Blue Nile State, upon successful completion of similar contest in North & South Kordofan States. The Competition awards start-up micro-grants for successful and innovative small business ideas prepared by aspiring young entrepreneurs.

  • 02 May 2012
    Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between UNDP and BankMed

    With the common aim of raising awareness on the environmental challenges, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and BankMed signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 30th at UNDP’s premises.