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  • 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.

  • 09 Oct 2015
    UNDP welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet for its role in the country's transition to democracy

    New 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.

  • 01 Oct 2015
    UNDP Supports Civil Society in Yemen to Document Human Rights Violations

    Sana’a– UNDP together with UN WOMEN and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has started training Yemeni civil society organizations to independently document human rights violations and provide psychosocial support to victims of the ongoing conflict.

  • 25 Sep 2015
    World leaders adopt Sustainable Development Goals

    As the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit kicks off Friday, more than 150 world leaders will adopt the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support governments around the world in tackling the new agenda and taking it forward over the next 15 years.

  • 24 Sep 2015
    Inclusive Business a Key Contributor to the new Global Development Agenda

    From small social entrepreneurships to large national and multinational companies, from urban neighborhoods to remote communities, from the farmyard to the schoolhouse, an increasing number of companies have rallied around the Business Call to Action (BCtA) by committing to inclusive business models designed to support the new sustainable development agenda and drive growth.

  • 24 Sep 2015
    Philanthropy leaders call for greater role in tackling global challenges defined in new Sustainable Development Goals

    Today, more than 150 leaders from philanthropy, government, UN agencies, civil society, and business are meeting to consider how the philanthropy community can connect more with the Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years. “Philanthropy Engaged: Implementing and Achieving the Post-2015 Agenda” is being hosted by the SDG Philanthropy Platform, a partnership of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Foundation Center, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA)

  • 23 Sep 2015
    The Republic of Korea supports newly liberated areas in Iraq

    The Government of the Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a $1 million partnership agreement, on 22 September, to support stabilization and recovery in areas liberated from control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Korea’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives prioritized by local authorities in liberated areas.

  • 23 Sep 2015
    Yemen – Emergency Employment to Bring Relief to Host Communities and Internally Displaced

    Sana’a – A new scheme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched yesterday to provide 500 new emergency jobs for people affected by conflict in Yemen, with half aimed at young people under the age of 30.

  • 20 Sep 2015
    A Future During Crisis: Yemeni Youth Receive Key Job Skills

    Sana’a, Yemen -- 135 young men and women from Hajjah governorate in Yemen have graduated from a vocational training course hosted by the Sun Rise Institute and Sana’a University on Monday. Participants of this initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Netherlands, the non-governmental organizations ZOA and Millennium Development Foundation acquired key practical and theoretical job skills that include water harvesting techniques, maintenance of solar panels and solar-water pumps, plumbing and marketing of hygiene products. Another batch of around 170 youth is expected to start the training in October.

  • 17 Sep 2015
    Inter-regional parliamentary conference: Parliamentary Groups key to effective representation of citizens’ interests in a diverse society

    Tunis – More than 80 parliamentarians from the Arab region, Europe and North America debated the importance of emerging political groups inside the Parliament as an essential component of diversity and political pluralism— a prerequisite for parliamentary effectiveness in representing the interests and aspirations of a diverse society

  • 17 Sep 2015
    Libyan CSOs sign agreement to kick off projects for UNDP Civic Engagement Grant Fund Phase II

    A group of Libyan Civil Society Organizations signed agreements with UNDP Libya last month as part of the Civic Engagement Grant Fund (CEGF) Phase II, officially kicking off activities for their projects across the country.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest: Oxfam supports journalists' participation with additional fellowships

    Oxfam will support the Voices2Paris global storytelling contest launched in August by the United National Development Programme (UNDP) by providing three additional fellowships for participating journalists to cover the UN Conference on Climate Change, COP21, in Paris in December. Oxfam’s contribution to the contest aims at encouraging journalists’ participation in climate change reporting and raising public awareness of climate actions.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    $15 million worth of new environmental projects in Egypt

    The Ministry of Environment in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the technical support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has succeeded in obtaining a new package of grants from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) worth $11 million to implement three projects within the national environmental priorities and promote Egypt’s partnership with the international community as regards to the implementation of international environmental conventions

  • 14 Sep 2015
    Ministry of Labor sets cornerstone for Somali Civil Service Reform

    Mogadishu – The Federal Government of Somalia, United Nations, and donor partners celebrated the inaugural meeting of a multi-partner commission tasked by the Federal Government to amend the Civil Service Law Number 11.

  • 10 Sep 2015
    Benadir Court Complex Opens in Mogadishu

    Mogadishu – The Federal Government of Somalia, United Nations, and donor partners welcomed the opening of the Benadir Courts Complex today in Mogadishu. This opening marks an important milestone for the justice sector. The provisioning of a safe place for the community to access justice services supports a more effective delivery of justice services and enables judicial personnel to carry out their duties.

  • 07 Sep 2015
    Netherlands and UNDP join hands in support of women’s empowerment in Libya

    Tunis, Tunisia: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dutch Embassy signed cost sharing agreement in support of the efforts to empower women in Libya. According to the Agreement signed today in the Dutch Embassy, the Netherlands Government will contribute a fund to UNDP/UNSMIL joint project which will be used to support the empowerment of women in the political dialogue process.

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