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  • 12 Dec 2013
    UNV launches report on perceptions and recommendations for youth volunteerism in Arab States

    Cairo, Egypt – In the occasion of International Volunteer Day, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has launched a report gathering findings, perceptions and recommendations on youth volunteerism in Arab states, as part of its regional project, Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future.

  • 11 Dec 2013
    Quota necessary for a “critical mass” of Arab women parliamentarians

    Algiers – Temporary special measures, including different forms of “quotas,” are still needed in the Arab region to guarantee women’s representation in major legislative and governance bodies, in enough numbers to influence decision making, agreed over 450 participants in the international Conference on “Effective and Sustainable Participation of Women in Elected Assemblies,” which concluded two days of deliberations in Algiers today.

  • 10 Dec 2013
    South Kordofan: Towards new prospects of peace and development

    South Kordofan State is at a crossroads in several senses, one of the best ways to ensure it takes the path of peace, development, and prosperity is to work with its population as the true drivers for the needed change in the state.

  • 05 Dec 2013
    Building resources in democracy and electoral assistance training on gender and elections

    Cairo - The UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo organized the first regional BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy and Electoral Assistance) training on Gender and Elections in partnership with UN Women, institutional and civil society actors from 10 Arab countries participated in the training that took place from 1 to 4 December 2013 at Marriott Hotel.

  • 01 Dec 2013
    Signing of five agreements to address environmental challenges in Socotra

    Sana’a – A signing ceremony took place at United Nations Development Programme office in Sana’a between the Global Environmental Facility, Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) and five Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) from Socotra to implement specific interventions to address environmental challenges in their localities.

  • 30 Nov 2013
    UNDP Administrator visits Bahrain for launch of regional report on water governance

    Manama - The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), Helen Clark, just completed a visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the launch of the UNDP Regional Report, “Water Governance in the Arab Region: Managing Scarcity and Securing the future”, in the presence of H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifah, Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    Helen Clark: Speech at Launch of UNDP Regional Bureau of Arab State Report on “Water Governance in the Arab Region: managing scarcity and securing the future”

    For sustainable and equitable access to improved water and sanitation services to be achieved, the Report launched today emphasizes the need to focus not only on increasing the supply of water, but also on promoting its efficient use and allocation. Accordingly, the Report argues that much greater attention must be placed on water governance and management

  • 28 Nov 2013
    Signing of a project document to strengthen parliamentary administration capacities in Libya

    UNDP Libya and the General National Congress (GNC) signed project document on November 28, 2013. The signing ceremony for the project, “Strengthening and Developing GNC Parliamentary Administration Capacities” was held at GNC’s headquarters in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    UNDP: Arab Water Crisis is, at its core, a matter of governance

    Manama – Water challenges must be addressed if the Arab region is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, attain prosperity, and reach a future of sustainable human development, says a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report launched today in Bahrain. Addressing water challenges now can also help strengthen resilience by managing the risk of potential crises that could result from inaction: such as unplanned migration, economic collapse, or regional conflict, according to the report entitled: “Water Governance in the Arab Region: Managing Scarcity and Securing the Future.”

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UNDP presents "Municipal Needs Assessment" Report in support to the Jordanian communities hosting Syrian refugees

    During a meeting chaired by HE the Minister of Municipalities Affairs, Eng. Wlid Almasri, and attended by the Country Director of UNDP, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, and the Director of the Local Development Directorate at the Ministry of Interior,The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented a Municipal Needs Assessment Report, conducted in Mafraq and Irbid Governorates from August to November 2013.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    The Right to Education: USD 3.8 million from the government of Norway to support the education system in East Jerusalem through UNDP

    Ramallah – On behalf of His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, Dr Saed Al Kony - Minister of Local Government announced the signing of a USD 3.8 million agreement to support the Right to Education in East Jerusalem project between the Government of Norway, represented by Hans Jacob Frydenlund, and UNDP’s Special Representative of the Administrator Frode Mauring.

  • 14 Nov 2013
    The Government of Italy contributes 3 million Euro in support of area C and East Jerusalem through UNDP

    Ramallah – His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah announced today a three million Euro contribution from the Government of Italy in support of the Facilitating Access to Infrastructure Resilience in Area C and East Jerusalem programme (FAIR) in the presence of H.E. Davide La Cecilia, Consul General of Italy and Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator.

  • 13 Nov 2013
    Protection of Syrian refugees in northern Iraq

    UNDP has launched activities to support Syrian women and girl refugees inside and outside refugee camps in Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah in response to the on-going crisis in Syria and the influx of refugees to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.

  • 13 Nov 2013
    The Netherlands enters into an agreement with UNDP to support transitional justice in Yemen

    SANA'A - a cost sharing agreement between the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNDP was signed on 13 November 2013 between Ms. Renate Pors Acting Charge’ d Affair and Head of Development Cooperation at the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Yemen and UNDP Acting Resident Representative Mr. Mahamed Hassen for an amount of $754,876 to support Transitional Justice Project in Yemen. This contribution will be dedicated for activities related to Civil Society Organizations, raising awareness on transitional justice and outreach.

  • 12 Nov 2013
    60 trainees complete business skills workshops in Jordanian governorates affected by the Syrian crisis

    UNDP and Ruwwad Micro-Venture Fund (RMVF) organized a graduation ceremony at the Greater Municipality Hall in Mafraq, for 60 trainees who successfully completed the first two rounds of “Planning your own Small Business” Training Workshops, as part of the “Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the Jordanian Host Communities" Project.

  • 06 Nov 2013
    Helen Clark visits UAE

    The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, just completed a three day visit to the United Arab Emirates focused on UAE’s work on sustainable development and climate change, development co-operation, and logistical support to facilitate humanitarian efforts.

  • 03 Nov 2013
    Sima Bahous: Opening Remarks at the Meeting of Regional United Nations Development Group – Arab States/ MENA and Partner Countries

    Members of the Arab States Regional United Nations Development Group met yesterday, together with colleagues from the World Bank, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and the Resident Coordinators for Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and of course Jordan. Enjoying the hospitality of Amman, we came together to discuss our approaches for supporting people, communities and States under stress as a result of the Syria conflict.

  • 03 Nov 2013
    Building resilience to save the future - UN agencies to scale-up their “development response” to the Syria crisis

    At the end of two days meetings, Regional Directors and Representatives of 22 agencies of the United Nations agreed to launch a collective “development response” to the Syria crisis.

  • 03 Nov 2013
    New help desk in Baghdad’s oldest court provides free legal assistance to women and most vulnerable

    A new legal help desk in Baghdad’s Rusafa Courthouse was inaugurated after Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council (HJC) partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Iraqi non-governmental organisation Dar Al Khibra to provide free legal services to indigent Iraqi citizens as part of a larger effort to strengthen the administration of and citizens’ access to justice in the country.

  • 02 Nov 2013
    Sima Bahous: Remarks at the Meeting of Regional United Nations Development Group – Arab States/ MENA

    I appreciate the flexibility of my colleagues and friends in the Regional United Nations Development Group (UNDG) in finding a new time for this meeting and for agreeing to meet on a Saturday. I acknowledge our guests at this meeting, in particular Margot Ellis, Nigel Fisher and Ferid Belhaj. We also have with us today the UN Resident Coordinators for Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.