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  • 21 May 2015
    Dignity at the heart of Dawoodiya camp – UN handover to Dohuk authorities

    UN humanitarian partners among which the UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) today handed over to local authorities in Dohuk, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the communal infrastructure of Dawoodiya camp for internally displaced persons that they jointly built. Established in January, the camp now hosts 680 families, approximately 4,000 people originally from Ninewa province, Tal-Afar and the Sinjar.

  • 21 May 2015
    Improved sanitation key to the health of displaced and host communities in Dohuk

    The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today donated three dislodging tankers to local authorities in Dohuk, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to improve WASH services in a governorate, which contends with one of the largest numbers of internally displaced persons in the world. The dislodging tankers will provide sanitation services to at least three camps, or some 20,000 displaced persons in the northern governorate. These services will also benefit to schools within host communities.

  • 20 May 2015
    The Executive Secretariat for the Demining and Development of the North West Coast demonstrates accomplishments and future plans

    Cairo - The Executive Secretariat for the Demining and Development of the North West Coast of the Ministry of International Cooperation is celebrating today its accomplishments and the implementation of Phase II of the ‘Support to the North West Coast Development and Mine Action Plan’. The most remarkable among these achievements to date is the mine-clearance of 94,446 acres in Al Alamein area, the completion of three watershed management projects at the Hawaweer, Hebla and Ahdaf valleys at Matrouh. The programme is supported and funded by the Egyptian Government, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (EGP 13.8 million) and the European Union (EUR 4.7 million).

  • 18 May 2015
    State Secretary of Sweden Visits UNDP Projects and Signs Agreement in Support of Area C and East Jerusalem

    East Jerusalem – In the presence of State Secretary of Sweden, Ulrika Modéer, the Consul General of Sweden, Ann-Sofie Nilsson, and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, Frode Mauring, signed a USD 3.6 million agreement (SEK 30 million) to support the resilience of Palestinians residing in Area C and East Jerusalem.

  • 17 May 2015
    First ever crisis coordination and disaster preparedness centre in Kurdistan

    The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior today inaugurated its Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), mandated by the Council of Ministers in January 2015. Several international donor partners and the United Nations extended support to the KRG to build an institutional response and coordination capacity not only to the on-going humanitarian and development crisis in Iraq, but also to future man-made and natural disasters in an “all hazards” approach.

  • 04 May 2015
    The 5-Miles camp in Basra, a story of social cohesion and resilience

    Today’s opening ceremony of new shops managed by internally displaced persons in the popular al-Asri market, 5 miles off the city of Basra, marks a story of success. Following a fire in a community of displaced people in Tannoma District, 300 families (2,000 people) who had lost everything, settled down in a camp in the proximity of the market since August 2014

  • 04 May 2015
    UNDP Launches Palestinian Human Development Report - Development for Empowerment

    Ramallah – Palestinian human development is heavily impeded by the occupation and factors that adversely influence human security, as well as economic, social and environmental predictability, according to the latest Palestinian Human Development Report, released today by Lead Author Dr Salam Fayyad and UNDP’s Special Representative of the Administrator, Frode Mauring.

  • 23 Apr 2015
    Peace through Technology: By Whom, For Whom?

    Nicosia - The second annual international Build Peace Conference opens this weekend in Nicosia. On 25 and 26 April more than 250 peacebuilders, activists, social innovators and academics from 61 countries will get together at venues on both sides of the divided city to share experience and ideas on using technologies to galvanise and broaden peacebuilding activities and promote conflict transformation. The two-day conference provides a unique platform for advocates and practitioners to compare notes as they spell out how and why giving technology a chance can change the dynamics of peacebuilding.

  • 31 Mar 2015
    Donors pledge US$ 3.8 billion to help people affected by the constantly deteriorating Syria crisis

    Kuwait City In an expression of continued solidarity with the millions of children, women and men affected by the devastating crisis in Syria, now in its fifth year, international donors today pledged US$3.8 billion at a conference hosted by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

  • 31 Mar 2015
    USD 9.4 million Emergency Funding from Japan to support projects in the West Bank and Gaza through UNDP

    East Jerusalem – As part of their continuous efforts to support the Palestinian people, the Government of Japan announced the approval of a USD 9.4 million grant for projects implemented in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank through UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP).

  • 24 Mar 2015
    Japan Contributes USD 2.5 million to Community Stabilization and Resilience in the Border States of Sudan

    Khartoum - The Government of Japan has allocated USD 2.5 million to UNDP’s Promoting Community Stabilization Programme. This generous contribution enables UNDP to support the Government of Sudan initiating project implementation immediately in the target states.

  • 13 Mar 2015
    New UN report puts spotlight on plight of Syrians

    Damascus – Four out of five Syrians are now living in poverty, with almost half the population displaced from their homes, according to a new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 10 Mar 2015
    Launching of “Syria: Alienation and Violence” Report Impact of Syria Crisis 2014

    The Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR), an independent not–for-profit think tank based in Damascus launched its report “Syria: Alienation and Violence” as part of series of quarterly based reports on the impact of the crisis on development in Syria. The report covers the conflict during 2014 on quarterly basis. The report is supported by both UNDP and UNRWA.

  • 08 Mar 2015
    Jordan workshop to discuss key findings of Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, more than 200 university students, education experts and specialists in the field of knowledge will take part in a workshop and panel discussion, jointly organised by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to discuss key findings of theThird Arab Knowledge Report, launched during the First Knowledge Conference in December 2014.

  • 21 Jan 2015
    In a pioneering statement, women activists from Libya reveal a position on the country’s future

    Tunis – A group of 35 Libyan women activists from diverse backgrounds representing all regions of Libya agreed, for the first time in the context of the Libyan conflict, on a joint statement affirming their demands for a peaceful, democratic and unified Libya.

  • 25 Dec 2014
    Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General on Sudan

    New York City - The United Nations Secretary-General condemns the Government of Sudan's decision to expel the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator and the Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme.

  • 18 Dec 2014
    UN and Partners Launch Major Aid Plans for Syria and Region

    Berlin – As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over $8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. The appeal includes two main elements: support for the 12 million displaced and conflict-affected people inside Syria, and addressing the needs of the millions of Syrian refugees in the region and the countries and communities hosting them.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    UNV launches report on perceptions and recommendations for youth volunteerism in Arab States

    Cairo, Egypt – On the occasion of this year’s International Volunteer Day, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has launched a report gathering findings, perceptions and recommendations on youth volunteerism in Arab states, as part of its regional project, Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future.

  • 03 Dec 2014
    Sweden, through UNDP, to support cash assistance programme for displaced population in Gaza

    Gaza – The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People announced a USD 3.4 million contribution to fund cash assistance packages for non-refugees as part of their on-going support to early recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip

  • 23 Nov 2014
    Syrian refugees in Iraq: UNDP and UNHCR to jointly work on resilience needs

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today signed in Erbil an Operational Framework agreeing to pilot together resilience-based approaches in a number of areas hosting Syrian refugees in Iraq.