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  • 08 Jun 2011
    The UN system launches internal campaign to fight HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the workplace in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Riyadh, the United Nations system is launching on the 8th of June 2011, a global campaign called “Stigma Fuels HIV” aimed to create awareness and to fight against HIV related stigma and discrimination. The UN system strives to become a model workplace in regard to HIV and for this reason it provides continuing training to its employees about HIV prevention, treatment and care options; and it has adopted advanced policies that ensure a fair and respectful environment.

  • 06 Jun 2011
    Two-day forum examines democratic transitions

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Prime Minister of Egypt Essam Sharaf, inaugurated the “International Forum on Pathways of Democratic Transitions: International Experiences, Lessons Learnt and the Road Ahead,” in Cairo which ran from 4 – 5 June.

  • 05 Jun 2011
    Forum on Pathways of Democratic Transitions

    I begin by thanking the Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr. Essam Sharaf, for being with us at the opening of this UNDP-sponsored “Forum on Pathways of Democratic Transitions”. The aim of our forum is to exchange ideas and share lessons on what has worked, why, and how, in other transitions; and on what some of the obstacles to smooth transitions are, and how they might be avoided

  • 05 Jun 2011
    Experiences of other countries can guide democracy in the Arab region

    Cairo – HE Essam Sharaf, Prime Minister of Egypt and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark , inaugurated today the "International Forum on Pathways of Democratic Transitions: International Experiences, Lessons Learnt and the Road Ahead." The 2-days forum aims to share experiences of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America which have undergone democratic transitions in recent years to enrich on-going debates on democracy and development in Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere in the Arab states region.

  • 04 Jun 2011
    Youth can be a formidable force for development in the new Egypt

    Cairo – The challenges which Egypt currently faces are not confined to achieving a smooth transition through building representative and responsive political institutions. Charting a new course for social and economic development which reduces poverty, creates decent work – including for young people, and achieves equity is also high on the agenda. This was the conclusion of a youth-oriented workshop held today under the title: "Social and Economic Challenges in Egypt: Policies required to develop the Economy and achieve Social Equity."

  • 03 Jun 2011
    Opportunities for economic and political inclusion in the Arab Spring

    In recent months, millions of people came onto the streets of a number of Arab States demanding change.

  • 02 Jun 2011
    Producing and promoting products based on sustainable harvested MAPs

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Management into Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) Production Processes in Lebanon” project, in cooperation with the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV), Kraft Foods Inc. and “Badr Hassoun & sons – Khan El Saboun” company, is organizing a press conference on the role of the private sector in producing and promoting products based on sustainably harvested medicinal and aromatic plants.

  • 28 May 2011
    The community development portal www.kenanaonline.com wins first prize at the 7th Arab e-content Award 2011

    The Community Development Portal (CDP) www.kenanaonline.com won the 1st Prize in the 7th Arab e-Content Award 2011 under the Social Network Category. The Award, sponsored by the e-Government Authority in Bahrain, will be officially announcement at the Bahrain IT Expo 2011 on Tuesday 17th May, 2011, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology.

  • 24 May 2011
    Small new businesses are the largest contributor to job creation in Jordan

    Amman – Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) account for 37% of total employed and 60% of total employment in the private sector in Jordan, spotlights Jordan Human Development Report 2011 launched here today under the patronage of HRH Princess Basma bint Talal, the Honorary Human Development Ambassador for the (UNDP). It shows while MSME’s do contribute toward development in Jordan through employment and empowerment, their contribution can and should be expanded.

  • 24 May 2011
    2011 Jordan Human Development Report: Small New Businesses are the Largest Contributor to Job Creation in Jordan

    Amman – Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) account for 37% of total employed and 60% of total employment in the private sector in Jordan, spotlights Jordan Human Development Report 2011 launched here today under the patronage of HRH Princess Basma bint Talal, the Honorary Human Development Ambassador for the (UNDP). It shows while MSME’s do contribute toward development in Jordan through employment and empowerment, their contribution can and should be expanded.

  • 24 May 2011
    Public participation key to new constitution making

    Khartoum, With the opening of the Constitution Making Forum, the Government of Sudan initiated a broad-based consultative process for drafting a permanent constitution, here today. The Forum, an initiative of the Advisory Council for Human Rights (ACHR) and is supported by the United Nations, notably the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 24 May 2011
    UNDP handover of GFATM HIV program construction sites to FMOH at new central warehouse in Khartoum

    Khartoum – The Undersecretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Isamaldine Mohammed Abdalla received a commemorative key from UNDP Acting Deputy Country Director, Yakub Beris, to mark the successful delivery of more than 60 health facilities constructed through the Global Fund grant for combating HIV/AIDS in Sudan, at the handover ceremony held this morning in the new central warehouse for storage of drugs, in Khartoum North.

  • 24 May 2011
    Lebanon kick off solar powered schools

    Beirut - Teachers and students at 25 public schools in South Lebanon are to benefit from a constant supply of electricity to their offices and classrooms following installation of solar panels that provide an alternative to expensive and polluting diesel generators.

  • 23 May 2011
    Water access boosts crop production and incomes in Sudan's rural east

    Khartoum - More than 1,000 farmers living in northeast Sudan now have increased harvests and income due to water irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 18 May 2011
    The Government of Germany and UNDP Sign a 3.5 million Euro agreement to create employment opportunities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

    Jerusalem - As part of its continuing effort to tackle unemployment in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Government of Germany, through its Development Bank (KFW), and the United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement in the amount of 3.5 million Euros on Wednesday May 18, 2011 in Ramallah. Mr. Marc Engelhardt, Head of KfW in the occupied Palestinian territory and Mr. Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator attended the ceremony.

  • 15 May 2011
    Pre-launching of the national Youth Strategy 2011 – 2015

    The UN House hosted the pre-launching event of the National Youth Strategy 2011 – 2015. In his statement on the occasion, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Sayed Aqa said that the strategy was the result of a fruitful partnership between the General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) and through it with ministries, the private sector and civil society. Mr. Aqa reinforced the importance of investing in youth saying that nations should consider “young generation as the citizens of today and not only the generations of tomorrow.”

  • 11 May 2011
    UNDP Jordan marks its first social media initiative

    Last week marked UNDP Jordan’s first social media initiative with 66 participants representing five national partners attending the “Social Media Week”. The initiative included daily sessions to introduce targeted national partners of the Governance Portfolio to social media concepts, platforms, strategic approaches and organizational and content policies each in their specific context. As the Country Office itself is planning to develop its social media plan, a learning session for UNDP Country Office and project staff on social media was delivered early in the Week.

  • 11 May 2011
    UNDP present on the ground in Lebanese American University and Beirut Arab University

    Lebanon - Eighteen UN agencies gathered on the 27th of April at the Lebanese American University (LAU) Beirut Campus for the LAU–UN Day to inform students about their missions, mandates and goals.

  • 11 May 2011
    UNDP sign a project with Government to establish capacity development facility in Kingdom of Bahrain

    The Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) representing Government of Bahrain and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a three-year project to jointly establishing a facility for capacity development to assess and enhance productivity in the public sector. Dr. Raed Benshams, Director General of BIPA signed on behalf of the government of Bahrain, while Mr. Sayed Aqa, Resident Representative signed on behalf of UNDP. All Arabic and English local newspapers were presented in the event.

  • 09 May 2011
    UNDP benefits from the sun and implements photovoltaic system for lighting in public schools in South Lebanon

    Lebanon - Teachers and students in public schools of South Lebanon will now benefit from constant electricity power in their classrooms and hallways and will be able to run photocopy machines and computer systems, thanks to photovoltaic panels installed by the Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration Project for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO).

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