Empowering people and building peaceful societies: Cooperation between the European Union and UNDP in the Arab States region
The publication showcases results of the many initiatives carried out by the EU and UNDP in the Arab States, impacting the lives of millions of people across the region. It demonstrates how UNDP and the EU are natural partners, sharing the same values and objectives for advancing peace and security, human rights and development. A guiding principle of the partnership is the joint effort to help countries eradicate poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 universal goals to achieve a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future by 2030.
Highlights of the EU – UNDP partnership in the Arab States:
- We work in partnership with 14 countries to advance good governance, including at the local level, support the deepening of democracy and promote efforts to make societies more inclusive.
- We supported the drafting, signing and dissemination of Tunisia’s new constitution, a vital step in strengthening that country’s democratic institutions; and we continue to support the people of Somalia in their mission to build a responsive and accountable State.
- We are helping nine countries to build resilience or recover from crisis. In war-torn Syria, nine schools have been refurbished and over 10,000 jobs created to help Syrians get back on their feet. In Sudan, an estimated 66,500 people have benefitted from efforts to establish peace and prevent future conflicts. In Yemen, a cash-for-work campaign is aiming to help 42,000 vulnerable people in rural communities become more resilient while meeting immediate basic needs.
- We support the resilience of the Palestinian People through cultural and economic activities in East Jerusalem, ‘Area C’ of the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.
- We helped the League of Arab States Secretariat and its Member States establish early warning systems and other effective responses to impeding regional crises, conflicts and post-conflict scenarios. We support climate-modelling technology that has increased cooperation among water authorities in the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel and Jordan.