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  • 03 Dec 2015
    USD 2.5 million from Sweden to support cash assistance programme for displaced non-refugees in Gaza through UNDP

    East Jerusalem – As part of their on-going support to recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip, the Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 2.5 million (SEK22,135,000) contribution agreement to fund cash assistance packages for displaced non-refugee Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

  • 29 Nov 2015
    Arab Countries to activate regional coordination for effective crisis response

    Cairo – The League of Arab States (LAS) launched today the second phase of its effort to strengthen crisis response capacities in its Secretariat and Member States. This phase of the initiative, which will last for 36 months, will enhance regional institutional capacities and cooperation for early warning and effective response to regional crises, conflicts, man-made disasters and post-conflict/post-disaster situations.

  • 26 Nov 2015
    375 Sea Port Ex- Workers in the Red Sea State celebrate the startup of 15 Small Businesses

    Port Sudan, The Government of the Red Sea State, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan, and two national NGOs Reyada for Capacity Building, Studies and Consultations and Asnyan Local NGO awarded today, 15 winning Small innovative Businesses for 375 Sea Port Ex-Workers within UNDP Sudan Project of “Small Business for Sea Port Ex- workers Communities at Red Sea State”.

  • 26 Nov 2015
    UNDP Launch Study on Role of Civil Society Organizations in Transitional Justice

    In collaboration with Ministry of Legal Affairs, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice Project, launched a study on "The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Transitional Justice in the Republic of Yemen." The launching took place on 26 November in Sanaa and was attended by 30 representatives of Civil Society Organizations from 11 governorates in Yemen - Sana'a, Aden, Taiz, Saada , Hodeidah, Marib, Ibb, Dhamar, Hajjah, Shabwah and Amran.

  • 25 Nov 2015
    16 Days of Activism to eliminate gender-based violence launched

    Iraq joined the United Nations and the rest of the world today to mark the start of the world campaign for 16 Days to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence. The campaign continues until 10 December when the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The 16 days against gender-based violence puts the human rights of women and girls at the center of world and Iraqi attention.

  • 22 Nov 2015
    UNDP and BPW Emirates Club Partnership to boost women’s economic empowerment in UAE

    Abu Dhabi – The United Nations Development Programme, represented by Mr. Frode Mauring, UNDP Resident Representative, signed on 22 November 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding with Business Professional Women (BPW) Emirates Club represented by Her Excellency Sheikha Dr Hind Al Qassimi, as Chairwoman of BPW Emirates Club.

  • 21 Nov 2015
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNDP launch “Digital Good” platform to mobilize resources for the SDGs

    RIYADH– Under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Nizar O. Madani, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, the national launch of the “Digital Good” platform took place in Riyadh on Saturday the 21st of November, 2015.

  • 19 Nov 2015
    Stabilization efforts receive a major boost from a generous contribution by Norway

    The Kingdom of Norway and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a $1.8 million partnership agreement today to support stabilization in newly liberated areas in Iraq. Norway’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • 15 Nov 2015
    Yemen conflict paralyzes economic activity, puts women businesses at risk

    Sana’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).

  • 10 Nov 2015
    UN Development Chief: Resilience Critical to More Effective Syria Response

    Amman – 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.

  • 10 Nov 2015
    3,200 Employment Opportunities Available to Young Sudanese in Khartoum

    Khartoum – Officials from the Government of Sudan, the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Ambassadors in Sudan, as well as senior management from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sudan gathered today with 400 Young Sudanese beneficiaries on the “Creation of Job Opportunities for Youth in Sudan through Labour Intensive Work Opportunities’ Project.

  • 09 Nov 2015
    UNDP's New Resilience Agenda will help to give options to displaced Iraqis and refugees

    Dead Sea, a new Resilience Agenda has been adopted at the high level Resilience Development Forum on 8 and 9 November in Dead Sea, Jordan attended by delegations from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Syria. The pathbreaking Resilience Agenda presents five key principles for helping people impacted by the crisis in the Middle East.

  • 08 Nov 2015
    UNDP and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Reinforce Partnership with new Arab Knowledge Project

    Amman - 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

  • 03 Nov 2015
    Resilience Development Forum to propose a 10-point Action Agenda for a longer-term integrated response to the crisis in Syria and the sub-region

    Amman – 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.

  • 30 Oct 2015
    South-South knowledge exchange workshop held in Gödöllő, Hungary

    Hungary – Representatives of technical cooperation agencies, ministries of agriculture and centers of excellence from Algeria, Hungary, Morocco, Turkey and Uzbekistan exchanged information and views on the successful homegrown solutions in the area of Agricultural Biotechnology, in a workshop organized in Gödöllő, Hungary.

  • 28 Oct 2015
    People’s Livelihoods Revived as a Result of Focus Intervention

    The 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.

  • 26 Oct 2015
    First Social Business Lab in Sana’a to support social entrepreneurship for resilience inaugurated

    Sana’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.

  • 22 Oct 2015
    UN and Partners convene Forum to envision future directions of a comprehensive resilience-building response to the continuing Syria crisis

    Amman –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.

  • 19 Oct 2015
    UNDP re-opens ten bakeries in Aden

    Aden, 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.

  • 14 Oct 2015
    The Arab region must address with adequate resolve the use of violence against women as a weapon of war

    New 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.

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