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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UNDP Launches Palestinian Human Development ReportMay 4, 2015Palestinian human development is heavily impeded by the occupation and factors that adversely influence human security, as well as economic, social and environmental predictability, according to the latest Palestinian Human Development Report, released today by Lead Author Dr Salam Fayyad and UNDP’s Special Representative of the Administrator, Frode Mauring. The Palestinian Human Development Report “Development for Empowerment” examines the status of human development in the State of Palestine by highlighting key trends in demography, economy and employment, poverty, education and health.
Al Fakhoora, UNDP and UNICEF Agree on the Implementation of Education, Reconstruction and Psychosocial Support Projects in GazaMay 2, 2015Education Above All’s Al Fakhoora programme, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have agreed on the implementation of joint education, reconstruction and psychosocial support projects in Gaza, with a focus on damages occurred in Gaza during last summer’s hostilities. UNDP and UNICEF have come to Doha to present their work packages to Al Fakhoora, after which the implementation of the projects will take place.
The Hashemite Fund for the Restoration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and UNDP sign a USD 22 million projectApr 25, 2015Under the Auspices and attendance of His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad, Chairman of the Hashemite Fund for the Restoration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a cooperation agreement with the Hashemite Fund and the Administration of Jerusalem’s Awqaf to facilitate the implementation of rehabilitation works of Waqf buildings and stores at Sultan Suleiman and Salah Eddin streets in Jerusalem.the project will support 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.