09 Mar 2015
Opening Remarks of Sima Bahous: Expanding the Influence of Arab Women as Leaders in the Women Peace and Security Agenda
I am honoured to open today, with you all, this important gathering on Enhancing the Role of Women as Leaders of Peace and Security in the Arab Region, and I wish to start by sincerely thanking Karamafor the fruitful collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme inorganizing this event, which I see as timely and urgent for the region at this juncture.
- 18 Dec 2014
28 Oct 2014
Statement of the Associate Administrator Berlin Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation – Supporting Stability in the Region
I wish to congratulate Germany on the foresight and commitment shown in convening this timely and important conference. The Syria crisis has brought violence, destruction, deaths and injuries and continues to do so. It has led to massive internal and external displacement and worsened existing vulnerabilities in an already-pressured sub-region. It has challenged the way the international community collectively responds to crises.
28 Oct 2014
Lebanon has paid a heavy price for this crisis, and continues to do so. With the massive refugee influx, the country is under strain, threatening hard-won achievements in overall progress, including against the Millennium Development Goals.
14 Oct 2014
Remarks of Sima Bahous: Meeting of Regional United Nations Development Group – Arab States, Middle East, North Africa
Dear Colleagues, We meet today at a turning point in our Region, between progress and crisis, between development and regression, between a brighter future and a darkness that is terrible to contemplate!
26 Sep 2014
Lebanon is paying a heavy price for the ongoing Syria crisis. Hard won development gains and the country’s precious stability are threatened, making the Syrian crisis not only a humanitarian and development crisis for Syrians, but also a development and stability crisis for Lebanon.
24 Sep 2014
t is particularly timely to be holding this meeting of the Friends of Yemen just days after a UN-brokered Peace and National Partnership Agreement was signed in Sana’a. More than ever, Yemen needs the international community to support its transition.
15 Sep 2014
Helen Clark Remarks at the launch for the Lebanon MDG Report and the ‘Integrated Service Provision at Local Level’ Initiative
Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator at the launch for the Lebanon MDG Report and the ‘Integrated Service Provision at Local Level’ Initiative Beirut, Lebanon I am very pleased to be able take part in the launching of the 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report for Lebanon.
26 Aug 2014
Welcome Dear Colleagues and participants! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Cairo and to the Urban Risk Management workshop being organized for the UNDP Arab States Community of Practice.
01 Jul 2014
Sima Bahous: Opening statement at the Arab Integration -A Transformative Change for Sustainable Development
I am honoured to take the floor after Her Excellency Dr. Rima Khalaf Hunaidi, who has done much to further the cause of Arab integration for sustainable development. And I am delighted to be in the company of each of you who each in her or his way is advancing this cause which we all hold so dear.
26 Jun 2014
The Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme strongly condemns the assassination of the Libyan public figure and women’s rights activist Salwa Bugaighis.
18 Jun 2014
"Now is the time for action to support resilience" - says a report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) about the impact of the Syria crisis in the sub-region. It is against the backdrop of the international community’s inability to resolve, let alone finance the response to the crisis in Syria, that the Top Donors Group for Syria will meet in Kuwait City tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 June.
21 May 2014
It is an honor to be here with you today in this center of excellence for the preparation of national and world leaders, the Shishu-Kan Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies. I thank the honorable Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of the Kyoto University, and Professor Hidetoshi Kotera, Executive Vice President, for their kind invitation and warm welcome to speak with you today.
04 May 2014
There is considerable global momentum on the need to halt deforestation and forest degradation. Success in this area will make a significant contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
30 Apr 2014
Sima Bahous: Lessons learned: Supporting inclusive political processes and institutions in the Arab States region
I would also like to specifically acknowledge Belgium’s contribution to UNDP’s support to inclusive political processes, at a particularly critical juncture in the Arab region, when countries – such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen – witnessed unprecedented changes, and began their transition towards more democratic governance.
- 04 Apr 2014
- 31 Mar 2014
07 Mar 2014
This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.
15 Jan 2014
Sima Bahous: How neighbouring countries are responding to the Syria crisis: Resilience, stabilization & solidarity
I am pleased to welcome you to this important event in my capacity as Chair of Arab States/Middle East and North Africa Regional United Nations Development Group (R-UNDG). Today we will be presented with an overview of the National Response Plans of the Governments of Jordan and Lebanon to the Syrian refugee crisis, a crisis that continues to become more and more pronounced as a story of unspeakable human tragedy.
28 Nov 2013
Helen Clark: Speech at Launch of UNDP Regional Bureau of Arab State Report on “Water Governance in the Arab Region: managing scarcity and securing the future”
For sustainable and equitable access to improved water and sanitation services to be achieved, the Report launched today emphasizes the need to focus not only on increasing the supply of water, but also on promoting its efficient use and allocation. Accordingly, the Report argues that much greater attention must be placed on water governance and management