UNDP statement, attributable to a UNDP Spokesperson on Waheed Al Bursh Case
Jan 4, 2017
UNDP has noted the court’s finding that Mr. Al Bursh has been sentenced for providing services to an illegal entity, without intent to cause harm. The court indicates that Mr. Al Bursh will be released on 12 January 2017. This outcome confirms that there was no wrongdoing by UNDP. UNDP has zero tolerance for wrongdoing in its programmes and is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.
Education Above All increases investment in a new generation of leaders in Gaza
Dec 18, 2016
Education Above All (EAA), through its programme Al Fakhoora, and in partnership with UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, awarded 265 new scholarships to young leaders in the Gaza Strip. This will enable young people to attend university, build a better future for themselves and their families, and lead their communities toward a more peaceful future. These scholarships represent an unprecedented investment in higher education in Gaza. It is the largest ever intake for Al Fakhoora’s scholarship programme, Dynamic Futures.
Ministry of National Economy, PIEFZA, Jericho Municipality, Government of Japan and UNDP Inaugurate the Mahmoud Darwish Road in Jericho
Dec 15, 2016
The Ministry of National Economy, the Palestinian Industrial Estates and Free Zones Authority (PIEFZA), the Government of Japan, Jericho Municipality, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), inaugurated the Mahmoud Darwish Road improving access to the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park (JAIP) and facilitating the movement of materials and products geared for export. During the implementation phase, the project has generated approximately 980 workdays.
The European Union, the Islamic Development Bank and UNDP launch the Revitalization of Sultan Suleiman and Salah Eddin Streets in East Jerusalem
Dec 13, 2016
The European Union, the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Waqf, Arab Chamber of Commerce and UNDP/PAPP launched the Productivity and Urban Renewal Programme in East Jerusalem (PURE). The programme, with a total value of around USD 22 million, aims at supporting the resilience of Palestinians residing in East Jerusalem by improving socio-economic conditions through the urban revitalization of two key commercial centres in the city namely Salah Eddin and Sultan Suleiman streets. The PURE programme is currently funded by the European Union (EU) (5 million Euros) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) (USD 4 million). The programme will be implemented by UNDP/PAPP over a 30-month period in cooperation with the Islamic Waqf and the Arab Chamber of Commerce in East Jerusalem.
Al-Fakhoora Dynamic Future’s Scholars Call for the Protection of Children and Preservation of Archeological Sites at Model UN Conference in Gaza
Dec 11, 2016
Al Fakhoora scholars worked together over a four months period simulating United Nations sessions on issues currently on the UN agenda, learning about UN protocols and procedures, enhancing their art of debate and diplomatic speeches. Modeling the General Assembly, students simulated UN Security Council sessions and discussed the protection of children’s rights and affirmed the importance of protecting world heritage, especially in a conflict setting.
With Support from the Bank of Palestine Opening Ceremony for Three Renovated Governmental Schools in Gaza
Dec 6, 2016
As part of the continuing efforts to support the education sector in the Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Bank of Palestine and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) celebrated the opening of three governmental schools in Gaza, providing improved access to educational facilities to over 3000 students. The project comes as part of the “Periodic Maintenance of Governmental Schools in Gaza Strip” project, funded by the Bank of Palestine for the amount of USD 150,000 over a three-year period, and implemented by UNDP/PAPP. It is expected that more than 15000 children youth will benefit from access to the renovated facilities in 15 governmental schools across the Gaza Strip.
USD 4.4 million from Sweden in Support of Area C and East Jerusalem Projects through UNDP
Dec 1, 2016
The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a SEK 40 million (USD 4.4 million) contribution to the Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP) in support of the Palestinian population living in Area C and East Jerusalem. The additional resources will bring Sweden’s total contribution to the CRDP programme to SEK 130 million.Led by the Palestinian Government, CRDP is funded by the Governments of Sweden, Austria, and Norway for an amount of over USD 24 million, and implemented by UNDP.
OFID extends grant to UNDP in support of the Palestinian people
Nov 24, 2016
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) signed a USD 1 million grant agreement with UNDP/PAPP to support Phase II of an initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of low-income Palestinian families in East Jerusalem by providing them with safe and affordable housing. The agreement was signed by Suleiman J Al-Herbish, OFID Director-General, and Roberto Valent, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, and witnessed by H.E. Hussein Al Araj, Palestinian Minister of Local Government, on the sidelines of the Palestinian Resilience Conference taking place on 24-25 November 2016.
Launch of the National Legal Aid Committee
Nov 16, 2016
A milestone towards the establishment of a national legal aid system was officially reached in Ramallah with the launch and first meeting of the National Legal Aid Committee. The newly established Committee will bring together institutional and civil society legal aid providers, from both the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, in an attempt to improve the quality and reach of legal aid services to vulnerable Palestinians. It will map the scope of services currently provided, scale up coordination, establish relevant eligibility criteria, and identify options for financial sustainability.
EU and UNDP launch a EUR 2.4 million programme to boost private sector development in the Gaza Strip
Nov 9, 2016
The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new programme to rehabilitate and consolidate the Gaza Industrial Estate (GIE). The GIE is intended to work as a catalyst for industrial development in Gaza once fully operational. The new programme will be implemented by the UNDP over a period of twenty months.