UNDP and League of Arab States Join Hands for Development in the Arab Region

28 Sep 2012

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the League of Arab States signed today a cooperation agreement, creating a framework for joint work in support of human development across the Arab region.  The partnership, which calls for cooperation on the wide range of development areas which are central to the two institutions’ respective mandates, is intended to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of development cooperation, and enhance development results across for the peoples of the Arab region.

The agreement was signed today at UNDP headquarters by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Nabil El-Araby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.

“Arab countries have broad and critical development agendas, especially at this time,” said Dr. El Araby. “This renewed partnership will allow UNDP and the League of Arab States to boost and strengthen our work together to help realize the aspirations of the Arab people.”

The agreement further calls on UNDP to support the Arab countries’ implementation of development-related resolutions of the annual Arab Summit on Social and Economic Development.

While not the first agreement between UNDP and the League of Arab States, the cooperation framework represents an upgrade of previous arrangements and allows for enhanced cooperation on key areas of development— such as poverty reduction and job creation, governance, and women’s empowerment —which are increasingly seen by Arab countries as central to the region’s overall progress.

“This agreement comes at a time when close cooperation between UNDP and LAS is much needed to support the transformation process underway in the region, to advance socio-economic progress and to deepen human development across the region in its fullest sense,” said Sima Bahous, Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States of UNDP.