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  • 31 Jan 2013
    New toolkit helps countries strengthen HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria response

    Geneva – A world-first online resource has been launched to help strengthen the ability of healthcare systems in developing countries respond to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

  • 30 Jan 2013
    The International Development Journal interviews RBAS Regional Director about development assistance after the “Arab Spring"

    Ms. Sima Sami Bahous, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS), visited Japan to attend the Strategic Policy Dialogue with the Government of Japan in mid-November. Although Egypt is still in confusion after “the Arab Spring”, economic development has started under new regimes across the Middle East region. The International Development Journal (IJD) interviewed Ms. Bahous about development assistance after the “Arab Spring.”

  • 28 Jan 2013
    Stories bring results to life in new "Development Advocate"

    The second, color issue of our newspaper-style publication, The Development Advocate, is out. It presents the 3 winning entries from the Arab States of UNDP’s second annual storytelling competition in an easy-to-read newspaper-style format.

  • 23 Jan 2013
    Second international conference on learning difficulties and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder to be held

    The Kuwait Association For Learning Differences (KALD) along with UNDP Kuwait held a press conference today at UN House to mark the occasion of the 2nd International Conference on Learning Difficulties and Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Assessment & Intervention

  • 22 Jan 2013
    Strengthening ties with the Kurdish parliament to boost public sector modernization

    UNDP’s Iraq Public Sector Modernisation (I-PSM) Programme works to reform Iraq’s essential services in education, health, water and sanitation. As Phase Two of the programme begins, UNDP met with the President of the Kurdistan Region’s Parliament, Dr. Arsalan Baiz, as well as other members of government to reaffirm mutual commitments to the programme’s objectives.

  • 21 Jan 2013
    UNDP Regional Director: The Arab people look to their leaders for bold actions to maximize political, social and economic inclusion

    Riyadh - UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDPs Bureau for Arab States, Dr. Sima Bahous, said in Riyadh today that the Third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit is an opportune time for the Arab Leaders to address the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Arab populations for equitable development, dignity and freedom.

  • 21 Jan 2013
    Enabling NGOs through interactive training

    As part of UNDP’s project on “Empowering civil society organisations in Iraq”, 35 local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from south, central and north Iraq were trained on proposal writing and project development. This is part of an innovative approach by UNDP to support potential grantee NGO consortia to develop their skills prior to submitting project proposals.

  • 20 Jan 2013
    Bringing innovation to youth employment generation in Yemen

    The United Nations Development Programme, Government of Yemen and Government of Japan launched the "3x6 approach" in Yemen for inclusiveness, ownership and sustainability.

  • 10 Jan 2013
    JICA and UNDP sign partnership agreement to accelerate economic recovery in Iraq

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNDP have signed a new agreement to strengthen their partnership and accelerate the implementation of infrastructure and economic development projects in Iraq. The focus of the partnership will be in key sectors such as electricity, water and sanitation, oil, irrigation, transportation and industry.

  • 03 Jan 2013
    Improving livelihoods and reducing environmental degradation through alternative energy in Somalia

    The Hawd Plateau is like many areas in Somalia. The landscape is arid. The sun, relentless and blinding, scorches the earth. Riverbeds are almost always dry, and livestock, the lifeblood of this country, seek cover from the heat under the thin shadows cast by Acacia trees.

  • 30 Dec 2012
    Training of future judges and prosecutors in Erbil

    As part of its support to the Judicial Training Institute in Erbil, UNDP hosted Spanish Judge Ms. Ana Maria Rubio Encina who is specialised in domestic and gender-based violence, to provide sessions at a training course for 41 potential Judges and Public Prosecutors.

  • 30 Dec 2012
    Iraqi arts mark Human Rights Day

    The Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights in cooperation with UNAMI, UNDP and OHCHR, marked International Human Rights Day under the theme “My Voice Counts”. The event took place at the UN compound in Baghdad.

  • 26 Dec 2012
    Live Lebanon and BBAC inaugurates women cooperative project in Mhaydthe

    Live Lebanon UNDP initiative in partnership with Bank of Beirut and the Arab Countries (BBAC), inaugurated on Thursday 20th of December, its project in Najmet El Soboh cooperative of Mhaydthe, in the presence of Live Lebanon’s Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Bouran Bouery and BBAC branch manager Ghassan Abou Hjeili

  • 19 Dec 2012
    UNDP organizes a national conference on youth in Jordan

    Amman - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Government of Jordan organized a two day National Conference entitled “Youth Employment: “Challenges and Opportunities” at the Landmark Hotel during the period between 17-18 December 2012.

  • 17 Dec 2012
    UNDP reconfirms its strong commitment and support to the transitional process

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reconfirms its strong commitment and support to the transitional process through its continued support to Yemen’s update to the Voter Registry, Constitutional Referendum and post-Referendum elections by the signing of an agreement in the amount of 27 million SEK (approximately US $4 million) with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) for the implementation of the Support to the Elections during the Transitional Period (SETP) project in Yemen.

  • 11 Dec 2012
    Marking International Volunteer Day

    The United Nations marked International Volunteer Day for the first time in Iraq on 5 December. The event, held in Erbil under the theme “Volunteer Action Counts” was attended by the civil society, students from Salahadin University, the Government and the United Nations.

  • 10 Dec 2012
    Egypt, Libya and Tunisia discuss women’s participation in post-revolutionary elections

    Cairo – Policy makers, legislators and national opinion leaders from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia concluded consultations in a two-day, subregional forum on best strategies for advocating for women’s equal voice and participation in post-revolutionary elections.

  • 10 Dec 2012
    Strengthening Iraqi Civil Society Organisations

    As part of the Expanded Humanitarian Response Fund Programme, UNDP Iraq held a conference in Erbil to strengthen the capacity of Iraqi Civil Society Organizations (CSO).

  • 10 Dec 2012
    "Acting Green" at the core of Banque Libano-Francaise strategy while financing its Earth Card competition winning projects

    In line with its ‘green’ commitment to preserve Lebanon natural heritage, the Bank, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme – Lebanon (UNDP), held a gathering on December 10, 2012, at Phoenicia Hotel to award valuable prizes to three winners of the 1st Earth Card competition, launched in September 2011 in the framework of the “Towards Sustainable Energy” theme.

  • 09 Dec 2012
    Week long Anti-Corruption Day activities in Sudan

    Over 200 school students in Kassala State, Eastern Sudan, took part in the painting contests organized by UNDP as part of week long (December 03-09) campaign on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day.