Press Releases

  • UNDP calls for increased support for resilience in Yemen Apr 24, 2017

    Geneva - As the international community convenes for a pledging conference on Yemen tomorrow, the United Nations Development Programme urges strong support from international partners to ease the suffering of the people of Yemen.

  • Government of Iraq and UNDP initiate 202 projects to accelerate the stabilization of Mosul Apr 19, 2017

    Baghdad—Building on dozens of projects already underway, the Government of Iraq today authorized UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) to initiate 202 more projects to accelerate the immediate stabilization of Mosul and greater Ninewa Governorate.

  • UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator Apr 19, 2017

    New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator.

  • European and Arab partners discuss development challenges and priorities across the Arab region Apr 6, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Commission (EC) and the EastWest Institute (EWI) discussed today the development challenges and priorities in the Arab region, in particular the importance of youth empowerment as a new area of development cooperation in the region. Representatives of EU institutions, Arab Ambassadors to EU and members of the Brussels-based policy, development, and think tank community participated in the debate

  • New study provides pragmatic suggestions to help in creating decent employment and expand economic opportunities for Syrian refugees and communities hosting them Apr 5, 2017

    Brussels - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched today, on the side-lines of the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, their joint report entitled “Jobs Makes the Difference: Expanding Economic Opportunities for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities.”

  • Lack of funding putting help for Syrian refugees and hosts at risk, as Brussels Syria Conference set to open Apr 4, 2017

    GENEVA – As the ‘Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region’ opens, UNHCR and UNDP – on behalf of the 240 international and national partners and the host governments in the region – are extremely concerned by the current record low funding levels of the response to help millions of Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them.

  • Clearing the way for aid and reopening of schools, hospitals in Aden, Yemen Mar 30, 2017

    New York — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has cleared more than 650 truckloads of debris from the streets of Aden, Yemen, in the last three months to help humanitarians deliver aid and keep basic services functioning.

  • Youth and women among those being left behind as the Arab region develops, UNDP Report warns Mar 21, 2017

    Stockholm – Despite significant progress in human development over the past 25 years, the Arab States region has, among developing regions of the world, the highest youth unemployment rate and the lowest share of primary school age children attending school.

  • UNDP and Government of Japan signed an agrrement to support communities affected by Syria crisis Mar 13, 2017

    New York - The United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Arab States and the Government of Japan signed today an agreement to expand efforts to restore reliable electricity to communities affected by the crisis in Syria. The agreement will be implemented by UNDP Syria and builds on ongoing support by the Govern­­ment of Japan for UNDP’s efforts to reach the most vulnerable people across the crisis-torn country.

  • UNDP and Partners Join Hand in Fighting Violent Extremism Mar 9, 2017

    March 9th 2017- The Sudan National Commission for Countering Terrorism (SNTCC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have officially launched today the Partnering Against Violent Extremism project (PVE) amidst prominent presence from high level Government officials presided by the First Vice - President of the Republic and Prime Minister, Colonel General. Bakri Hassan and senior visiting UN officials: Assistant Secretary General, UN Department of Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director Regional Bureau for Arab States Sophie DE CAEN, UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative Marta Ruedas and UNDP Country Director Selva Ramachandran.