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  • Arab Countries to activate regional coordination for effective crisis responseNov 29, 2015Cairo – The League of Arab States (LAS) launched today the second phase of its effort to strengthen crisis response capacities in its Secretariat and Member States. This phase of the initiative, which will last for 36 months, will enhance regional institutional capacities and cooperation for early warning and effective response to regional crises, conflicts, man-made disasters and post-conflict/post-disaster situations.

  • UNDP and BPW Emirates Club Partnership to boost women’s economic empowerment in the UAENov 22, 2015Abu Dhabi – The United Nations Development Programme, represented by Mr. Frode Mauring, UNDP Resident Representative, signed on 22 November 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding with Business Professional Women (BPW) Emirates Club represented by Her Excellency Sheikha Dr Hind Al Qassimi, as Chairwoman of BPW Emirates Club.

  • The “Digital Good” – National Launch by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNDP of the global initiative to mobilize resources for the Sustainable Development GoalsNov 21, 2015RIYADH– Under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Nizar O. Madani, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, the national launch of the “Digital Good” platform took place in Riyadh on Saturday the 21st of November, 2015.

  • Stabilization efforts receive a major boost from a generous contribution by NorwayNov 19, 2015The Kingdom of Norway and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a $1.8 million partnership agreement today to support stabilization in newly liberated areas in Iraq. Norway’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • Yemen conflict paralyzes economic activity, puts women businesses at riskNov 15, 2015Sana’a -- In partnership with SMEPS, UNDP conducted in August 2015 a rapid business assessment in six governorates to examine the impact of the crisis on business activity. The assessment was carried in Sanaa, Hajjah, Sa'ada, Taizz, Aden and Abyan Governorates, providing insights on the extent of damages and loss incurred by the private sector. The business survey will assist local authorities, the private sector and the early recovery cluster partners to provide time-critical assistance to support economic recovery and restoration of micro, small, medium and large enterprises (MSMEs).

  • UN Development Chief: Resilience Critical to More Effective Syria ResponseNov 10, 2015Amman – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark affirmed the critical importance of resilience-based development to the international response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, in her closing remarks to the Resilience Development Forum. The high level conference was convened by UNDP over two days, 8 and 9 November 2015, in the Dead Sea in Jordan, and was hosted by the Government of Jordan.

  • Open Remarks of Helen Clark, UNDP administrator at the Resilience Development ForumNov 9, 2015I am delighted to open this Resilience Development Forum. UNDP is proud to be a convener of this important event, and I thank the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for hosting us here today under the patronage of HE Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

  • Helen Clark: Speech at Closing of Resilience Development ForumNov 9, 2015The Resilience Development Forum set out to affirm the critical importance of resilience to support to the Syria crisis, and to explore practical ways to make that happen. Over the course of the last two days, together we have done just that.

  • UNDP and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Reinforce Partnership with new Arab Knowledge ProjectNov 8, 2015Amman - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) are currently developing the first Arab Knowledge Index, a summary measure that best reflects knowledge accumulation, production and consumption from a development perspective, taking into consideration the specific socio-cultural context, needs and challenges of the Arab region

  • Speech at the Official Inauguration of UNDP’s Regional Hub for Arab States Amman, JordanNov 8, 2015I am delighted to join the Minister of Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, HE Mr. Nasser Judeh this morning to inaugurate UNDP’s Regional Hub for Arab States in Amman. I thank Jordan for agreeing to host this new Hub, and for its partnership and leadership on issues of regional and global importance.

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