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  • UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator Apr 20, 2017

    New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator.

  • Tribute to Helen Clark – leaves UNDP after eight years as Administrator Apr 19, 2017

    New York – The following is a statement on behalf of President of the UNDP Executive Board, Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, on the departure of Helen Clark as Administrator of UNDP:

  • Human Development Report 2016 launched: Youth and women amongst those being left behind as the Arab region develops Mar 21, 2017

    Stockholm- Despite significant progress in human development over the past 25 years, the Arab States region has, amongst developing regions of the world, the highest youth unemployment rate and the lowest share of primary school age children attending school. A stronger focus on youth and others excluded – particularly women and girls, rural dwellers, and those living in conflict-affected areas – is now needed to ensure sustainable human development for all.

  • Peace Weekend in Najaf Mar 15, 2017

    Najaf- Youth are drivers of change in Iraq. A Peace Weekend has been organized in Najaf on 10-11 March 2017, with the support of UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and generous funding from the Government of Germany.

  • Helen Clark on International Women’s Day: The time is now to resolve to clear away the barriers to gender equality Mar 8, 2017

    New York- This year, International Women’s Day is devoted to Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. Globalization and technology change are driving that change. It’s important that women are able to succeed in this new world of work.

  • European Union contributes US$14.8 million to stabilization in Iraq Mar 4, 2017

    Baghdad– The European Union (EU) has contributed around US$14.8 million (€14 million) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • Staff of Iraq’s Council of Representatives capacitated on legal drafting and review Feb 25, 2017

    Sulaimaniyah- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a workshop over the period of 22-25 February 2017 in Sulaimaniyah to help capacitate staff of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR) on legal drafting and review. Titled Principles and Skills of Legislation Review, the workshop was funded by the Government of Denmark under UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance project (SPAG).

  • Iraq’s parliamentary National Reconciliation, Accountability and Justice Committee develops a two-year strategy Feb 21, 2017

    Sulaimaniyah- Continuing support to strengthen the role of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assisted the National Reconciliation, Accountability and Justice Committee to develop an integrated strategy for the current cycle (until 2018) including vision, mission and values. This was finalized during a workshop in Sulaimaniyah on 18-21 February 2017, jointly organized by UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance project (SPAG) and the CoR, and funded by the Government of Denmark.

  • The Netherlands is supporting reforms in the Kurdistan Region with a contribution to its Funding Facility for Economic Reform Feb 16, 2017

    Erbil- The Kingdom of the Netherlands is contributing nearly US$270,000 (€250,000) towards the implementation of the Economic Reform Roadmap, developed by the World Bank in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). The contribution is made under the Funding Facility for Economic Reform (FFER KR-I), jointly launched by the Ministry of Planning and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) late September 2016.

  • Advancing gender mainstreaming for sustainable environmental management in Iraq Feb 13, 2017

    Baghdad- In collaboration with the Government of Iraq (GoI) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has organized a technical workshop with the objective of discussing and improving understanding of gender mainstreaming in environment projects in Iraq. Held on 13 February 2017 in Baghdad, the workshop was attended by twenty-four gender focal points from various ministries including Health and Environment, Water Resources, Electricity, Defence, Interior, and Culture, in addition to officials from the KRG’s Environmental Protection and Improvement Board (EPIB).