Extended partnership to improve electricity in the Kurdistan RegionJul 2, 2015The Regional Ministry of Electricity in Kurdistan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today extended their partnership to improve the electricity sector. UNDP will play a pivotal role in updating the region’s master plan and strengthening the institutional capacity of the regional government by establishing a training centre in Erbil.
UNDP signs a Memorandum of Understanding with L’Orient Le Jour and The Daily StarJul 1, 2015The United Nations Development Programme, represented by Mr. Ross Mountain, UNDP Resident Representative, signed on June 26th 2015, a memorandum of understanding with L'Orient Le Jour and Daily Star newspapers represented by Ms. Nayla de Freije, Executive Director of the General Company of Press and Publication (L'Orient Le Jour), and Mr. Jamal Zein, Director of Finance and Administration in The Daily Star newspaper.
UNDP & Microsoft Egypt partners in the first Freelancing Summit in EgyptJun 28, 2015Microsoft Egypt and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held the first freelancing summit in Egypt; “FreelanceME Summit’15". This summit acts as a cornerstone to the UNDP-Microsoft initiative entitled FreelanceME.
UNDP helps displaced people return to TikritJun 25, 2015The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working closely with authorities to support displaced people who are returning to Tikrit to rebuild their lives after the town was liberated from ISIL forces. Government sources estimate that up to 1,500 families have returned to the town, which was occupied by ISIL from June 2014 until April 2015.
UN agencies and partners say funding shortage leaves Syrian refugees and host nations without vital supportJun 25, 2015More than 200 partners in the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (3RP) in Response to the Syria Crisis are calling on the international community to act faster to deliver on their pledges of support to the 3RP.
Regional experts in trade and transport facilitation discuss means to strengthen connections between Arab markets and the global economyJun 17, 2015The “Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States” implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), hosted this workshop in the period 16 – 17 June 2015, in the Jordanian capital Amman, under the patronage of the Minister of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.E Dr. Lina Shbeeb. UNDP organized the workshop in partnership with the League of Arab States, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Supplies of Jordan, and with international organizations and development partners including the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the World Customs Organization, and Islamic Development Bank Group’s International Islamic Trade and Finance Corporation (ITFC).
Arab parliaments debate how decentralised governance strengthens democratic representationJun 12, 2015Tunis – Parliaments have a central role in ensuring that decentralisation is implemented to encourage local democracy, democratic representation, and equitable development between sub-regions, while preserving geographic, social, and cultural diversity, according to a regional conference that concluded today in the Tunisian capital Tunis.
Launch of first professional organization for cooperation between Arab electoral management bodiesJun 8, 2015Beirut - Six national electoral management bodies in the Arab region launched today in Beirut, the “Organization of Arab Electoral Management Bodies - ArabEMBs” -- the first such professional organization dedicated to promoting cooperation on all aspects of election management in the region. The new organization will enhance professional development and exchange on elections administration, to ensure integrity and transparency.
Ensuring equal opportunity for women “to judge among people with justice.”Jun 7, 2015Cairo – A distinguished group of women judges from eleven Arab states participating in an international conference entitled “Women Judges in the Arab World: Challenges, Hindrances, and Achievements,” discussed, over two days strategies to enhance the representation of women in the judiciary. They agreed that efficiency, not gender, should be the primary and sole criterion for enrolment in the judiciary, and that more qualified women would gain access to the judiciary if selection of judges was done through competition, based only upon professionalism without any form of discrimination.
Dignity at the heart of Dawoodiya camp – UN handover to Dohuk authoritiesMay 21, 2015UN humanitarian partners among which the UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) today handed over to local authorities in Dohuk, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the communal infrastructure of Dawoodiya camp for internally displaced persons that they jointly built. Established in January, the camp now hosts 680 families, approximately 4,000 people originally from Ninewa province, Tal-Afar and the Sinjar.
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