NEWS 2013

20.11.2013 - 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. More

14.11.2013 - 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. More

04.11.2013 - 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. More

09.10.2013 - UNDP Deputy Director for the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery Visits Development Projects in the West Bank and Gaza: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. More

03.09.2013 - Donated by Hungary - UNDP Hands Over H1N1 Equipment to Palestinian Ministry of Health:The UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People handed over H1N1 medical equipment for seasonal influenza preparedness donated by the Government of Hungary to the Ministry of Health in the occupied Palestinian territory. Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator highlighted that the continued efforts of the Ministry of Health, supported by the international community, will be pivotal to ensure that any new outbreak of H1N1 in the State of Palestine is addressed swiftly and effectively. More

19.08.2013 - The United Nations Development Programme and the Bahraini Royal Charity Organization (RCO) signed an agreement worth USD 517,880 to establish a public library in East Jerusalem. The project includes the rehabilitation, furnishing and equipping of a three story historical building in the Old City of Jerusalem, in addition to developing the capacities of Al Quds University staff in library management. The agreement was signed by the Secretary-General of the Royal Charity Organization – Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayed and UNDP Deputy Special Representative (Operations), Khaled Shahwan at the Jerusalem Archaeological Studies Unit/Al-Quds University in the Old City of Jerusalem.

23.07.2013 - UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator meets with Palestinian President Abbas in Ramallah: H.E. President Mahmoud Abbas received today Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator and accompanying delegation. At the meeting, the parties discussed the Palestinian development priorities and programmes in the coming years and UNDP’s role in supporting the execution of large projects in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza. More

04.07.2013 - Palestinian Prime Minister Inaugurates Mobile Health Clinic in Area C with funds from the Governments of Italy, Belgium and UNDP: His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah and Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator inaugurated a mobile health clinic to answer emergency health needs of the Area C Palestinian population through innovative eco-sustainable infrastructure solutions. The establishment of a mobile health clinic that has a minimal-environmental impact, transportable with an alternative folding mechanism will allow for it to reach several communities in the area. In addition, training will be provided to Ministry of Health personnel who will manage clinic and the targeted community hosting the service. More

02.07.2013 - European Union and UNDP Sign a €2.4 million Agreement with Al Quds University to Preserve Palestinian Cultural Heritage:In the presence of Mr Michael Köhler, Director for Neighbourhood at the European Commission's DG DEVCO and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator Mr Frode Mauring, the European Union and UNDP signed a contribution agreement worth €2.4 million in an effort to safeguard cultural heritage in the old city of Jerusalem. “The occupied Palestinian territory is rich in cultural heritage. UNDP and its partners will spare no effort to preserve and protect this treasure,” said Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator. “The programme will have a long term impact that will benefit different segments of the society by providing job opportunities and sustainable income for local professionals” he added. More

24.06.2013 - UNDP and GEF/SGP launched the environmental educational garden in Bani Naim in Hebron. “The project demonstrates UNDP’s pioneering and innovative approach to environmental sustainability” said Khaled Shahwan, Deputy Special Representative of the Administrator (Operations). The project, worth USD 32,000, aims at rehabilitating a 5-dunum stone quarry site in a residential area and converting it into a natural and educational area that attracts people who live nearby. The event was attended the Governor of Hebron, the Minister of Agriculture and representatives from USAID and World Vision.

19.06.2013 - Palestinian Prime Minister Meets UNDP Special Representative and Signs a Partnership Agreement in Support of Area C and East Jerusalem: His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah welcomed today Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator to discuss joint efforts in supporting the Government’s national development plans and launch the “FAIR” Facilitating Access to Infrastructure Resilience in ‘Area C’ and East Jerusalem programme. 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. The programme, jointly implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and UNDP, will focus on health, education, housing, cultural heritage, energy, transportation, water and wastewater.  More

18.06.2013 - The UN Volunteers Programme organized in partnership with UNDP a one-day event to renovate the playground at the Jabalia Co-ed School for Deaf Children in the Gaza Strip . The students were engaged in a number of social activities within the school including drawing a mural with some of the local artists who volunteered for the event. Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator and Mr Francesco Galtieri, UNV Deputy Chief-Peace Division, attended the event, distributed toys and participated in the activities.

12.06.2013 - Palestinian Civil Police holds consultation workshop with Civil Society on Accountability Strategy: The Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) held a consultation workshop with Palestinian Civil Society Organizations to discuss the draft accountability strategy which aims to enhance general oversight within the PCP and public trust. The workshop, which was supported by EUPOL COPPS and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has brought together members of the PCP oversight units, around 20 representatives of civil society organizations and international bodies to conduct consultations and obtain comments to be incorporated in the strategy and its implementation plan.  The workshop is a key output of the UNDP/EUPOL COPPS Joint Accountability Programme funded by the governments of Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands. More

23.05.2013 - Towards a Green Economy: In an effort to create a healthier and more resource efficient models of construction, the Palestinian Engineers Association and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the National Green Building Guidelines in partnership with the Palestinian Higher Green Building Council. “We are fostering initiatives such as the establishment of new regulations enforcing green construction, introducing green buildings, and deploying renewable energy which will have valuable environmental, economic and social impact on the Palestinian society” said Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator. “A green economy will ensure sustainable development and infrastructure resilience,” he added. More

 

16.05.2013 - UNDP and SHAREK Youth Forum Launch the First Palestinian Youth Legislative Council: The initiative will encourage youth to articulate and voice their views and aspirations in a setup replicating the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). It will also provide hands on opportunity to participate in democratic processes including elections, decision-making, social accountability and leadership as public figures. The initiative is implemented in partnership with SHAREK Youth Forum, PLC and UNDP with funds from the Government of Belgium.

06.05.2013 - Providing Opportunities for the Poor: In a concerted effort to combat poverty in the occupied Palestinian territory, and under the auspices of H.E. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority UNDP launched the second phase of the Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Programme (DEEP) generously funded by Arab Funds through the Islamic Development Bank for the amount of USD 50 million. DEEP has changed the lives of thousands of Palestinian households by supporting them to become self-employed through seed capital, technical assistance, and micro-finance. It was also able to contribute over USD 20 million per year to Palestinian GDP during the past five years. More

03.05.2013 - Birzeit University and UNDP Sign Agreement to Support Anti-Corruption Efforts in the occupied Palestinian territory:The Institute of Law at Birzeit University and the United Nations Development Programme signed a partnership agreement as part of its joint UNDP/EUPOL COPPS Programme to implement a comprehensive training programme, aimed at reinforcing principles of good governance, transparency and accountability in anti-corruption efforts.More

03.05.2013 - The Government of Belgium and the United Nations Development Programme sign an Exchange of Letters in Support of Climate Change in the occupied Palestinian territory:The Government of Belgium and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an exchange of letters worth over Euro 1.45 million on Friday 03 May 2013 for enhancing Palestinian capacities in mainstreaming environment and climate change in the occupied Palestinian territory. “Strengthening institutional capacities are key to increasing the responsiveness of Palestinian institutions to be able to serve the Palestinian community for better environmental management and protection,” said Mr Frode Mauring UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator. More

 

30.04.2013 - The Ministry of National Economy and the United Nations Development Programme sign an Exchange of Letters funded by the Government of Japan: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zone Authority (PIEFZA), in the presence of the Representative Office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, signed an exchange of letters worth USD 884,513 for the construction of an electrical substation for the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park (JAIP). “The Jordan Valley is considered the Eastern Gate to the occupied Palestinian territory but it faces many challenges,” said Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator. “This industrial zone will contribute to human development and Palestinian livelihoods and is essential to creating a viable Palestinian Economy”. More

 

24.04.2013 - Palestinian Authority Committed to Strengthening Palestinian Police Accountability:Officials from the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) conducted a workshop to discuss the draft national strategy for Palestinian police accountabilitytogether with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) at the Red Crescent Conference Centre in Ramallah. The first of its kind in the Arab world, the new strategy aims at enhancing public trust and strengthening accountability within PCP, in addition to raising awareness about the role and mandate of Palestinian Civil police. More

18.04.2013 - UNDP Regional Director Renews UNDP's Commitment to the Palestinian Development Process: Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of RBAS Ms Sima Bahous visited the occupied Palestinian territory between 12 – 17 April 2013. During her visit, Ms Bahous met with Prime Minister Fayyad and Ministers of Planning and Foreign Affairs to exchange views on supporting the Palestinian development process through UNDP. She also met with representatives from civil society and other UNDP development partners in addition to visiting UNDP projects in East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza Strip. UNDP, over the past 35 years, has been able to positively contribute to improving the Palestinian people’s livelihoods and support their resilience and development through implementing programmes and vital services for a total value of more than one billion dollars.

07.02.2013 - The Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zone Authority and the United Nations Development Programme sign an Exchange of Letters funded by the Government of Japan:The Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zone Authority (PIEFZA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the presence of the Representative Office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, signed an exchange of letters worth USD 1,487,532 to establish an administration building for the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park. The project is part of the Government of Japan’s “corridor for peace and prosperity” initiative in the Jordan Valley which aims to establish a viable state for Palestinians accompanied with sustainable economic development through the strengthening of their partnership with neighbouring countries. The establishment of a sustainable administration facility for the JAIP will enhance access to effective social, economic and public services and utilities. More

05.02.2013 - UNDP, The Representative Office of Austria, the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) and the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) celebrate the closing ceremony of “Improve the Capacity of the CMWU for Monitoring the Quality of Water Supply in the Gaza Strip” project:The project included the establishment of a much needed laboratory for testing water quality in the Gaza Strip and for the first time the CMWU was able to test and analyse the heavy metals parameters in water. The design for a comprehensive programme on testing heavy metals as well as a survey for the drinking water resources of pollution were completed. Furthermore, the project conducted workshops, trainings and awareness campaigns, targeting engineers, technicians, community based organizations, housewives, youth and farmers, on testing water, wastewater, how to use water saving techniques and the effects of heavy metals in water and its impact on health. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Majed Abu Ramadan, Chairman of CMWU, Eng. Rebhy El-Sheikh, PWA Deputy Chairman, Dr. Leonhard Moll, Head of the Austrian Representative Office and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, Frode Mauring.