UNDP Deputy Director for the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery Visits Development Projects in the West Bank and Gaza
Jerusalem, 09 October 2013 – UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director for the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery Ms Marta Ruedas ended a four-day visit to the occupied Palestinian territory were she met Palestinian officials and visited development projects in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.
Accompanied by Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, Ms Ruedas met with Palestinian Prime Minister Dr Rami Al Hamdallah and Minister of Planning Mohammed Abu Ramadan to discuss the impact of UNDP’s programme in the occupied Palestinian territory and to seek ways to further aid Palestinian State building efforts and recovery in Gaza.
Prime Minister Al Hamdallah highlighted the importance of supporting the economic, health, education, IT and justice sectors in order to develop state institutions and serve the Palestinian population. He also discussed the challenges facing the Gaza Strip due to Israeli restrictions on the entry of materials.
During her second day, Ms Ruedas inspected several UNDP project sites around Gaza including housing units in Beit Lahia, Water tanks in Beit Hanoun, and a legal aid clinic in Al Shate’ refugee camp. She also witnessed the reconstruction that is already underway despite access restrictions on materials entering Gaza. “Gaza population shows great determination and I am very encouraged to see that UNDP was able to improve the livelihoods of the Palestinians living in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territory as whole,” she said.
The United Nations Development Programme/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People was established in 1978 via a UN resolution to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people. Since its establishment, the programme mobilized over one billion dollars of projects in the West Bank and Gaza and generated thousands of workdays in support of the Palestinian People.
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