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  • 22 Feb 2012
    Yemen takes historic step as millions vote

    Sana’a - After months of chaos and the ghost of civil war, Yemen marked a new chapter Tuesday as millions of Yemenis voted to end the turmoil and move towards a new future. The presidential election is the first critical benchmark in a two-year transitional period, and voters turned out in large numbers, with many hoping that this election will bring a peaceful transition to democracy and development.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    "Nature's festival", a play to raise awareness on critical environmental issues

    800 students from the public elementary schools were gathered at the UNESCO palace on Monday 20th of February to watch the "Nature's Festival", a theatrical production organized by the UNDP Energy and Environment programme under the High Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Najib Mikati.

  • 21 Feb 2012
    Yemenis head to the polls to elect President

    Yemenis head to the polls today to bring a close to more than three decades of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule. These elections are a first step towards the implementation of the political transition agreement, based on the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, signed on November 23rd of last year to end months of protests, violence and political impasse.

  • 03 Feb 2012
    Famine in Somalia may be over, but 2.3 million people still in crisis

    Nairobi, Kenya – The combination of a massive scale-up in humanitarian assistance and an exceptional harvest have helped relieve famine conditions in Somalia, but interrupting assistance risks these gains, according to analysis released today by the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET).

  • 25 Jan 2012
    An integrated hydro-agricultural development plan for Marjeyoun

    The UNDP Hydro Agricultural Development Project for Marjeyoun Area, the Litani River Authority and the CIHEAM - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari – Italy organized on January 24th the first stakeholders meeting on an integrated hydro-agricultural development plan for the caza of Marjeyoun entitled: “Challenges and Achievements” at the Holiday Inn hotel in Verdun.

  • 19 Jan 2012
    Second phase of the Area Based Development Programme endorsed

    The Government of Iraq Partnership Committee endorsed on 19 December the Second Phase of the Area Based Development Programme.

  • 18 Jan 2012
    Legal Database Handed Over to Government

    During a ceremony in Beirut on 8 December 2011 UNDP Iraq handed over the Legal Database to the Government of Iraq represented by Higher Judicial Council. The project designed to collect and maintain the corpus of the Iraqi official legal documents provides easy access to the Iraqi legislations and their enforcement.

  • 18 Jan 2012
    Training on gender for Iraqi partners

    To bridge gaps in gender sensitive planning and service delivery at the sub-national level UNDP Iraq organised a three-week training with Iraqi partners to strengthen and promote better understanding of gender across federal, regional and local levels.

  • 17 Jan 2012
    UNGC Iraq network first general meeting and elections

    The First General Meeting of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Iraq Network was held in mid-December 2011 in Baghdad, at the Council of Ministers Secretariat (COMSEC), to agree on the action plan for the Iraq Network.

  • 16 Jan 2012
    Lebanon and the proportional representation system in the draft law of the 2013 parliamentary elections

    Under the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Lebanon Gen. Michel SULEIMAN, a full day conference entitled "Lebanon and the Proportional Representation System in the Draft Law of the 2013 Parliamentary Elections" was held on January 9, 2012 at the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel, Beirut. The invitation was addressed by H.E Gen. Marwan Charbel, Minister of Interior and Municipalities and organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of the Norwegian government

  • 12 Jan 2012
    Strong institutions, inclusive processes crucial for peace in crisis-affected countries

    New York —Building responsive institutions that deliver essential services and investing in inclusive political processes are among key ways to restore the social contract between states and citizens in crisis-affected countries, and consolidate peacebuilding gains.

  • 01 Jan 2012
    UNDP thanks Kuwait for generous contribution for flood affected areas in Pakistan

    UNDP expressed its gratitude to the Government of the State of Kuwait for contributing USD 250,000 in response to the international efforts to assist Pakistan cope with the devastating flood that hit the country this year.

  • 15 Dec 2011
    The Lebanese Mine Action Center (LMAC) presents its 2011-2020 strategy to the mine action internationlal support group

    Lebanon - Today, more than twenty Ambassadors and senior representatives of donor countries participated in the meeting of the International Support Group (ISG) that the LMAC organized with the support of EC and UNDP.

  • 28 Nov 2011
    Norwegian government provides support to UNDP

    The Government of Norway signed on 23 November an agreement worth $345,000 with the United Nations Development Programme for its Family Support, Justice and Security Programme. The funding will be used to enhance the capacities of Iraqi civil society organisations to provide legal assistance to vulnerable communities in Iraq, with a particular focus on women and children survivors of gender based violence as well as early and forced marriages.

  • 25 Nov 2011
    New agreement promotes conflict sensitive programming in Iraq’s disputed internal boundaries areas

    UNDP and IOM signed on 23 November a Letter of Agreement to undertake work in support of a Peace and Development Analysis, a joint project between UNDP and the Inter-Agency Information and Analysis Unit. The project seeks to understand the context-specific drivers of conflict and relevant development priorities in the Disputed Internal Boundaries (DIBs) areas in northern Iraq.

  • 24 Nov 2011
    To promote the development of the private sector in Iraq, UNDP organises a study tour to Warsaw

    Concepts like South-South Cooperation are prone to becoming the “next- big thing” in the international development realm. However, when governments and international organizations team up to build credible knowledge-sharing channels, fashion fades as genuine institutions emerge. Promoting private sector development in Iraq is a priority for UNDP’s Country offices in Iraq and Europe.

  • 21 Nov 2011
    Famine in Somalia can only be reversed with continued assistance

    Nairobi – Increased humanitarian assistance to Somalia has had a significant impact in the famine‐affected parts, bringing the three southern regions of Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle out of famine.

  • 21 Nov 2011
    UNDP collaborates in workshop aiding the reduction of traffic-related deaths

    The Ministry of Interior is currently hosting a four-day workshop on 'National Traffic and Transport Strategy 2010-2020' at the Holiday Inn Hotel. It's being held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior. The event will coincide with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims which will conclude on November 23rd.

  • 20 Nov 2011
    National and international officials and experts meet to set the third Iraq national human development on course focusing on youth in Iraq

    A team of Iraqi and international officials and experts concluded a two day consultation in Istanbul to finalize the preparations for producing Iraq’s 2012 National Human Development Report. The Report, the third so far, will have a thematic focus on Youth, a topic which is highly relevant in the context of current events in the Arab Region and the many challenges that are confronting Iraq youth.

  • 16 Nov 2011
    UNDP boosts support for Iraqi people

    Baghdad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it is boosting its partnership with the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people.

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