Press releases
  • Tulkarem Hospital Opens New Maternity Ward with Funds from the Government of Japan through UNDPAug 17, 2015In the presence of H.E. Prime Minister Dr Rami Al Hamdallah, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People inaugurated, with the Ministry of Health, the Government of Japan and UNICEF, a new maternity ward at Dr Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem, north of the West Bank. The new ward is the third phase of construction at the hospital, bringing the total contribution from the Government of Japan, through UNDP, to approximately USD 8 million.

  • Steering Committee of the “Friendly Charcoal Production” Project Meets in Jenin to Discuss ProgressAug 13, 2015The steering committee of the “Towards a Sustainable and Environment Friendly Charcoal Production” project met to discuss the results of the first stage of implementing an environmentally sound technique for the production of charcoal in Yabad village. The project is part of UNDP’s initiative with the Environment Quality Authority to mainstream climate change into governmental policies and strategies.

  • Al Quds University Public Library Opens its Doors in Jerusalem with Funds from Bahrain through UNDPJul 6, 2015Al Quds University and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People inaugurated today the first Palestinian public library in the old city of Jerusalem, with funds from the Royal Charity Organization - Kingdom of Bahrain. The library, which has been restored and rehabilitated by UNDP, is a three-level historical building located inside the Old City walls. It is equipped with the most up-to-date computer hardware placed in a multipurpose room, as well as a quiet reading area and a cafeteria with a terrace overlooking the city.

  • UNDP signs agreement with the Union of Palestinian Industries to empower youth in GazaJul 2, 2015With funding from the Islamic Development Bank, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a cooperation agreement for the amount of USD 150,000, with the Union of Palestinian Industries to implement the economic empowerment programme for youth in the Gaza Strip.

  • Visioning The State of PalestineJun 17, 2015Habitat and UNDP joined forces to curate and facilitate a spatial visioning exercise between the 6th and the 14th of June 2015. A team of eleven international and regional urban planners from different parts of the world worked closely with local Palestinian planning experts, practitioners, and officials on spatial development strategies for Gaza and central West Bank.

  • UNDP Special Representative Pays Courtesy visit to Minister of Foreign AffairsJun 1, 2015Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr Riyad Al Malki received UNDP Special Representative Roberto Valent in a courtesy meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ramallah on 01 June 2015.

  • German Foreign Minister Visits UNDP Fishermen Project in GazaJun 1, 2015German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier accompanied by Barbara Wolf, Head of the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, Thomas Eisenbach, Director of KfW Office in Ramallah, and UNDP Deputy Special Representative Narjess Saidane visited one UNDP project that supports the Gaza fisheries industry on 01 June 2015. The project is funded by the Government of Germany through its Development Bank (KfW) for the amount of Euro 270,000 and includes the construction of storage units for fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

  • New UNDP Special Representative arrives at the occupied Palestinian territoryMay 27, 2015UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, appointed Mr Roberto Valent as her Special Representative to UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP), to replace Mr Frode Mauring, who served as Special Representative from February 2011 to May 2015. Mr Valent assumed his responsibilities on Wednesday 27 May 2015. Prior to this appointment, Mr Valent was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize.

  • State Secretary of Sweden visits UNDP Projects and Signs Agreement in Support of Area C and East Jerusalem May 18, 2015In 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.

  • UNDP removes quarter million tons of rubble in GazaMay 7, 2015A quarter of a million tons of rubble have been removed by UNDP’s Rubble and Debris Removal project in the Gaza Strip has removed since the beginning of 2015, generating over 9,669 workdays. Rubble was removed from 270 locations and buildings enabling the reconstruction to begin in different areas of Shujayia, Gaza City, Middle Area, Rafah and Khan Younis.