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  • 14 Oct 2014
    UN Secretary General visits UNDP fishermen project in Gaza

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited one of the UNDP projects that support Gaza fisheries, where he met with Gaza’s sole registered fisherwoman. The project is strengthening livelihoods through the construction of 24 brick huts for 168 fishermen in Gaza’s port to enable them to secure their fishing equipment.

  • 13 Oct 2014
    UNDP boosts legal aid provision to over 40,000 people in the Gaza Strip

    UNDP will provide legal aid services to over 40,000 Palestinians in Gaza who have suffered as a direct result of the 51-day Israeli Operation in July-August 2014. With a USD 530,000 investment, legal aid services will be provided to people who seek legal redress, including legal information, legal advice and mediation, legal and judicial representation, advocacy and policy analysis.

  • 26 Sep 2014
    Gazans cite housing and rehousing as the most important priority according to UNDP perceptions survey

    According to the findings of a survey commissioned by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People housing and rehousing is the most important priority for the respondents followed by employment and financial assistance.

  • 11 Sep 2014
    Announcing the Start of Funding for Shelter in Gaza and Appealing for Additional Support

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced a USD 1 million in funds for shelter support in Gaza at a joint press conference with UNRWA and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. Through this funding, support will be provided to non-refugee families whose houses were damaged or destroyed in order to find alternative accommodation through rental subsidies, repair assistance and cash for work.

  • 10 Sep 2014
    UNDP Announces New Head of Gaza Office

    Mr Nicholas Hercules has been appointed as the new head of the UNDP office in the Gaza Strip. He has served the United Nations over the past twelve years, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN’s Department for Peacekeeping, where his work has focused on crisis recovery and development in challenging environments from Afghanistan to the Balkans and the south Pacific.

  • 22 Aug 2014
    The Netherlands Signs Contribution Agreement to the UNDP/UN Women Joint Programme in Support of the Palestinian Rule of Law Sector

    Demonstrating their steadfast support to the rule of law and community access to justice and security, the Government of the Netherlands and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed, on behalf of the Multi Partner Trust Fund an USD 8.1 million contribution agreement covering a period of three years.

  • 26 May 2014
    Funded by The Government of Saudi Arabia UNDP Raffles off 350 Housing Units to Families in Gaza

    With funding from the Government of Saudi Arabia, 350 families are the proud owners of houses handed over to them by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People in cooperation with the Municipalities of Rafah and Beit Lahia and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. The USD 25 million project has generated over 100,000 workdays for workers in the construction industry at a time when unemployment in the Gaza Strip is over 41 percent.

  • 19 May 2014
    Funded by Japan and Implemented by UNDP Beit Jala Girls School Celebrates the Opening of its New Building

    Today marked an important step forward for girls in the Beit Jala School as they celebrated the inauguration of their new building in the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank. The school was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and the Municipalities of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.

  • 15 May 2014
    UNDP and UN Women sign a USD 29.5 million Agreement with the Palestinian Ministries of Justice and Interior

    In a concerted effort to strengthen the rule of law and improve access to justice across the occupied Palestinian territory, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, UN Women and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 29.5 million agreement to support the establishment of a viable Palestinian state solidly based on the rule of law, human rights and justice.

  • 15 Apr 2014
    UNDP and the General Personnel Council Graduate Civil Service Employees in Information Technology

    The General Personnel Council (GPC), in cooperation with Al-Quds Open University and the United Nations Development Programme held a graduation ceremony for Palestinian civil servants who completed training courses in information technology. The main objective of the courses was to train 50 civil servants, 10 of whom were women, in Java, Linux and Oracle, as part of GPC’s efforts to develop a Human Resources Management Information System (HRMIS) in cooperation with relevant ministries.

  • 02 Apr 2014
    UNDP Signs Agreements with OFID in Support of East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip Projects

    Under the auspices of the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed agreements worth USD 3.3 million to implement projects in support of the resilience of Palestinians residing in East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. The grant will contribute to the renovation and expansion of existing maternity wards in two of the four hospitals located in the Gaza Strip, namely Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza city and Al Nasser Complex in Khan Younis.

  • 27 Mar 2014
    With funding from Sweden and Austria - UNDP Signs Agreements with NGOs in Support of East Jerusalem

    Under the auspices of the Ministries of Planning and Administrative Development and Jerusalem Affairs, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed agreements with ten NGOs to implement a USD 1.2 million project to support the resilience of Palestinians residing in East Jerusalem with funding from the Governments of Austria and Sweden through Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

  • 25 Feb 2014
    UNDP to Build USD 58 million Waste Water Treatment Plant in Gaza With Japan and Kuwait Funding through Islamic Development Bank

    The Palestinian Water Authority, Coastal Municipalities Water Utility, Khan Younis Municipality and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed today a USD 58 million agreement to construct the Khan Younis Waste Water Treatment Plant in the Gaza Strip. The implementation, construction and co-financing of the Plant will be through UNDP, in partnership with the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility, with funds from the Government of Japan and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development through the Islamic Development Bank.

  • 19 Feb 2014
    UNDP Administrator visits Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark wrapped up a two day visit to the occupied Palestinian territories today which focused on development priorities there and how UNDP could support them.

  • 18 Feb 2014
    Maqam Nabi Musa and Khan Al-Wakala: two historic sites in Palestine revitalized through a new European Union and UNDP partnership

    In the presence of the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Dr Rami Hamdallah, Ms Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and EU Representative Mr John Gatt-Rutter, the European Union and UNDP marked the launch of a new €5 million tourist development programme at the historic site of Maqam Nabi Musa in Jericho Governorate.

  • 16 Feb 2014
    ITC and UNDP join forces to bring Palestinian women back to business

    The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Business Women Forum-Palestine (BWF), today launched a new project to empower Palestinian women business owners and help build capacity to ensure that they are better enabled to sell their goods and services.

  • 04 Feb 2014
    The High Judicial Council, EUPOL COPPS and UNDP Inaugurate Newly Refurbished Corruption Crimes Court in Ramallah

    The Palestinian High Judicial Council and the United Nations Development Programme inaugurated the newly refurbished Corruption Crime Court in Ramallah on Tuesday 04 February 2014 in partnership with EUPOL COPPS and with funding from the Governments of Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. The refurbishment of the Corruption Crimes Court (CCC) in the Ramallah Court Complex was undertaken through the UNDP/EUPOL COPPS Joint Programme on Strengthening Internal Police Accountability, National Anticorruption and Civilian Oversight.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    Under the Auspices of H.E Prime Minister Al Hamdallah - Right to Education: USD 3.8 million from the Government of Norway to support the Education System in East Jerusalem through UNDP

    On behalf of His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, Dr Saed Al Kony - Minister of Local Government announced the signing of a USD 3.8 million agreement to support the Right to Education in East Jerusalem project between the Government of Norway, represented by Hans Jacob Frydenlund, and UNDP’s Special Representative of the Administrator Frode Mauring. The Right to Education project aims at reinforcing the education system managed by the Jerusalem Directorate of Education in East Jerusalem (JDoE). It will focus on the provision of additional classrooms by transforming residential buildings into school facilities, in addition to providing technical assistance for improving quality education.

  • 14 Nov 2013
    Palestinian Prime Minister Announces a Euro 3 Million Contribution From the Government of Italy through UNDP in Support of Area C and East Jerusalem

    His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah announced today a three million Euro contribution from the Government of Italy in support of the Facilitating Access to Infrastructure Resilience in Area C and East Jerusalem programme (FAIR) in the presence of H.E. Davide La Cecilia, Consul General of Italy and Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator. The FAIR programme is a multi-donor platform which aims to empower and strengthen national institutions to plan and deliver essential public and social Infrastructure in Area C and East Jerusalem through providing increased access to sustainable, equitable and affordable infrastructure.

  • 04 Nov 2013
    Ministry of Planning with UNDP and UNHABITAT discuss with Donors Palestinian National Spatial Planning

    The Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development in partnership with UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People and UNHABITAT organized a donor meeting on Monday 04 November 2013 to discuss the National Spatial Planning Programme and the additional resources needed for further implementation. The Programme aims at supporting the formulation of a National Spatial Plan (NSP) for the State of Palestine by providing a holistic guide to planning efforts in Area C, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the rest of the West Bank.

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