Press Releases
  • Arab Countries to boost regional coordination for effective crisis mitigationNov 29, 2015Cairo – 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.

  • UNDP and BPW Emirates Club Partnership to boost women’s economic empowerment in the UAENov 22, 2015Abu 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.

  • The “Digital Good” – National Launch by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNDP of the global initiative to mobilize resources for the Sustainable Development GoalsNov 21, 2015RIYADH– 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.

  • Stabilization efforts receive a major boost from a generous contribution by NorwayNov 19, 2015The 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).

  • 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.

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