Press Releases

  • 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.

  • Top UN Development Official for Arab States to visit Egypt Mar 2, 2017

    Dr. Mourad Wahba, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States and Chair of the Arab States and Middle East and North Africa Regional United Nations Development Group (UNDG), will be arriving to Egypt this Friday 3 March 2017 for a three-day visit to meet high-level government officials and discuss development issues and its importance.

  • United Nations and Partners Strengthen Commitment to Syrians and Neighbours Affected by Syria Crisis Jan 24, 2017

    Helsinki - United Nations agencies and NGO partners today appealed for US$4.63 billion in new funding to continue vital work in addressing the growing needs of refugees from Syria and communities hosting them in neighbouring countries.

  • UN Development Programme hosts Global Meeting on Supporting Core Government Functions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings in Jordan Jan 12, 2017

    Amman - Over 75 seasoned governance practitioners, economists, senior government representatives, and eminent global scholars from over 14 countries impacted by fragility, conflict and violence from around the globe will meet from January 16-18, 2017 at the Dead Sea, Jordan, to discuss how the United Nations and the global community as a whole can build a stronger foundation for conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding.

  • Arab region Youth, Peace and Security Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security Dec 6, 2016

    Amman – After two days of intense deliberations, youth participants in the Arab Region Youth, Peace and Security Consultation, presented a set of recommendations to a high level panel of decision makers and practitioners concerned with the implementation of the landmark Security Council Resolution (SCR) 2250, which urged Member States to consider setting up mechanisms that would enable young people to participate meaningfully in peace processes and dispute resolution.

  • New appeal seeks continued support for Syrian refugees and countries hosting them Dec 5, 2016

    Amman - With the conflict in Syria well into its sixth year and with little progress on the political front, United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today appealed for US$4.69 billion in new funding to continue vital work over the next two years

  • Launch of the Arab Human Development report 2016: UNDP and Deutsche Welle collaborate to amplify voices of youth debating the future of Arab development Nov 29, 2016

    Beirut– The Arabic-language channel of Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) dedicated a special episode of its youth-oriented show “Shababtalk” to discuss proposals of the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today, here at the American University of Beirut.

  • Engaging youth in debating the future of development in the Arab region Nov 29, 2016

    Beirut – The American University of Beirut (AUB) hosted today the launch of the latest edition in the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) series published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)