Press Releases
  • 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.

  • 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

  • Resilience Development Forum to propose a 10-point Action Agenda for a longer-term integrated response to the crisis in Syria and the sub-regionNov 3, 2015Amman – The Resilience Development Forum, hosted by the government of Jordan and convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 08 and 09 November 2015, at the King Hussein Convention Centre, in the Dead Sea, in Jordan, will propose a 10-point Resilience Agenda which sets out basic principles and specific recommendations for enabling a forward-looking response to the Syria crisis that focuses on fostering resilience in Syria and the sub-region directly affected by its crisis.

  • People’s Livelihoods Revived as a Result of Focus InterventionOct 28, 2015The partnership agreement between UNDP and King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid Relief that was signed by the two parties in August 2015 has yield to the reviving of people livelihood in the targeted areas.

  • First Social Business Lab in Sana’a to support social entrepreneurship for resilience inauguratedOct 26, 2015Sana’a, Yemen - UNDP launched today Yemen’s first Social Business Lab in partnership with the Business Support Center, the Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS), ROWAD Entrepreneurs Foundation and the Yemen Women Union, gathering 50 youth from five crisis-affected districts of Sana’a to identify promising business-oriented solutions to their communities’ challenges.

  • UN and Partners convene Forum to envision future directions of a comprehensive resilience-building response to the continuing Syria crisisOct 22, 2015Amman –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will bring together key humanitarian and development stakeholders to collectively consider future directions of the response to the protracted crisis in Syria, now well into its fifth year. The Forum will include UN agencies; international financial institutions; donors; representatives of international and national non-governmental organizations; and the private sector, alongside senior representatives of Governments in the countries neighbouring the war-torn country.

  • UNDP re-opens ten bakeries in AdenOct 19, 2015Aden, UNDP in partnership with For All Foundation launched a project re-opening of ten formerly closed bakeries under an enterprise recovery initiative, from a total of 18 in Al-Mualla neighbourhood of Aden. The bread produced from this in-kind assistance will be sold to the public at half market price for an initial period of two weeks which will also provide income-generation opportunities for 16 vulnerable youth in Al-Mualla district.

  • Marking adoption of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women Peace & Security, Gender and Conflict Forum: The Arab region must address with adequate resolve the use of violence against women as a weapon of warOct 14, 2015New York - Participants in the Gender and Conflict Forum emphasized the importance of addressing, with great resolve, systematic violations committed against women and girls in conflict areas across the Arab region, which they highlighted has intensified in an unprecedented pace and in varying forms, from physical to sexual violence—including murder and rape— because of limited efforts for prevention and for the provision of relief, recovery and rehabilitation services to victims.

  • UNDP welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet for its role in the country's transition to democracyOct 9, 2015New York – Sima Bahous, UN Assistant Secretary-General, and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau of Arab States, welcomed today’s decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution” to the democratic transition in the Tunisia.

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