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  • 14 Dec 2015
    Human Development Report 2015: Unlocking work opportunities for youth and women key to human development progress in the Arab States

    Human development levels are improving across the Arab States, but having highest youth unemployment rate and lowest female labour force participation worldwide constrains region’s progress, says the 2015 Human Development Report.

  • 14 Dec 2015
    Address challenges and seize opportunities of the new world of work”, UNDP urges

    Addis Ababa —Fast technological progress, deepening globalization, aging societies and environmental challenges are rapidly transforming what work means today and how it is performed. This new world of work presents great opportunities for some, but also profound challenges for others. The 2015 Human Development Report, released today at a ceremony in Ethiopia, urges governments to act now to ensure no one is left behind in the fast-changing world of work.

  • 10 Dec 2015
    Irreversible - Women’s full participation in Constitution-Making processes: Testimonies from the frontlines

    Women have a right, as equal citizens to play an integral role in drafting the defining Social Contract in their countries. And over the past few years they have asserted this right and fought to realize across the Arab region, as several of its countries engaged in different constitution making processes.

  • 08 Dec 2015
    Sweden contributes $4 million to help stabilize newly liberated areas in Iraq

    In a ceremony in Baghdad today, Sweden signed a US$4 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in newly liberated areas of Iraq. The contribution, provided to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), will help thousands of people as they try to restart their lives in areas which have been retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

  • 07 Dec 2015
    The European Union and UNDP support Nablus Municipality in revitalizing Khan Al Wakalah site

    Nablus - In line with the on-going Palestinian tourism development process, H.E. Eng. Sameeh Tubeleh, Mayor of Nablus a.i. and Head of Municipal Committee, Ms Alessandra Viezzer, EU Head of Cooperation, and Mr Roberto Valent, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, signed an Exchange of Letters to mark activities related to the revitalization of the Khan Al Wakalah historical site. The ceremony was attended by Nablus Governor Mr Akram Al Rjoub, and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, and Antiquities and the Nablus Chamber of Commerce.

  • 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.

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