• The Millennuim development goals in the Arab region 2005Jul 22, 2005
    A total of 191 countries adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration at the Millennium Summit, which was held from 6 to 8 September 2000, thereby renewing their commitment to peace and security, and to promoting democracy, good governance and respect for internationally agreed upon human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to development. Based on the principles and commitments outlined in the Declaration and those outlined in previous conferences and summits, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted as a set of eight time-bound, measurable goals aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and improving living conditions for women and men alike. In 2000, Arab countries pledged to achieve these Goals and reiterated their commitment to keeping that promise in the Arab Declaration on the pursuit of the implementation of the MDGs, which was adopted by members of the League of Arab States on 30 June 2005.

  • Arab Human Development Report 2004 Towards Freedom in the Arab WorldArab Human Development Report 2004 Towards Freedom in the Arab WorldMar 11, 2004
    This report, the third in the series, seeks to focus on the thorny issues of freedom, good governance and political reform. Drawing on a mixture of survey data and the other research it seeks to map out the challenges and constraints to moving forward on a path of democratic progress.

  • Arab Human Development Report 2009Arab Human Development Report 2009May 26, 2009
    Arab Human Development Reports (AHDRs) engage institutions and citizens in the Arab countries in global concerns so as to build understanding and consensus around regional and national development priorities.

  • UNDP Annual Report 2011/2012: The Sustainable Future We WantUNDP Annual Report 2011/2012: The Sustainable Future We WantJun 19, 2012
    UNDP has a presence on the ground in over 170 countries and territories and decades of concrete development experience in countries ranging from fragile States to middle-income countries like Brazil and Indonesia. This, combined with our four focus areas — poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; and environment and sustainable development — make us uniquely situated and qualified to answer the UN’s call for a better and more sustainable future.

  • The ADCR 2011: governance of equitable development : what went wrong and what lies aheadThe ADCR 2011: governance of equitable development : what went wrong and what lies aheadAug 1, 2011
    This paper argues that hard choices about development need to be made in the Arab region and only a legitimately elected, responsive and accountable government can make these choices. Policies of legitimately elected governments tend to represent the needs and aspirations of many (not a few). Accountability of government tends to make its policies more transparent and effective. But no policy pleases everyone all the time. Hence, managing social conflict around hard choice policies is important for the credibility of such policies.

OUR WORK - Democratic Governance

At the request of country partners, UNDP supports democratic governance goals through strengthening core government institutions at the national, regional and local levels. Our work includes supporting change toward increased civic engagement and inclusive participation, enhancing accountable and responsive governing institutions, and working with partners to ground governance in the international principles at the heart of the United Nations.

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