Arab States

About us

UNDP in the Arab States  

Who we are

The Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) based in New York serves as the headquarters for UNDP regional programmes and country offices in 17 Arab countries, with the 18th  located in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Bureau is headed by ٍMr. Mourad Wahba, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director.

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

What we do

UNDP’s activities in the Arab States region build on UNDP’s five thematic priorities, with additional emphasis placed on addressing the main impediments to human development in the region as identified by the Arab Human Development Report series, namely freedom and good governance, knowledge, and women’s empowerment. Through its activities, the Bureau therefore seeks to promote and advance:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate Change and disaster resilience
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Knowledge societies
  • HIV and development
  • Energy and environment
  • Youth

392.4 million

Population

7.4

People living on less than $1.25 per day

50.6%

Labour force participation rate

0.69

Human Development Index (HDI)

70.6 years

Average life expectancy

6.4

Years of schooling

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