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Citizenship is a multidimensional concept and dynamic process emerging from interactions, negotiations and contestations within the state and society. In the Arab region, evolving state-society relationships have produced steady progress in reducing poverty, and expanding health and education coverage, but remaining socioeconomic development challenges have been intensified by political fragility, instability and recurrent conflicts.
UNDP has been at the forefront of new initiatives, working with national and international partners and across the UN System to bring about a shift in approach towards building resilience by addressing the humanitarian and development aspects of the crisis at the same time, in a coordinated fashion, through sustainable and nationally-led responses.
The Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) based in New York serves as the headquarters for UNDP regional programmes and country offices in 17 Arab countries, with the 18th located in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Bureau is headed by Dr. Mourad Wahba, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director.
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