On the Occasions of International Youth Day Celebrated in Sana’a on 26 August 2014Aug 26, 2014With an average age in Yemen being 17 years old, it is the young people of this country that will shape and safeguard the New Yemen. The UN remains committed to stand along with the people of Yemen and assist the youth in the country in your difficult, but promising hard work to build the future you want.
Study Tour to the Netherlands proves a great learning experience Feb 12, 2014The Technical Committee formed by the Ministry if Human Rights entrusted with drafting the law for the establishment on an Independent National Human Rights Institution (INHRI) has recently concluded a study tour visit to the Netherlands as part of UNDP's "Support to Human Rights during the Transitional Period" project activities.
Editorial on Human Right’s DayDec 10, 2013First of all, I wish to express my deepest condolences to the people of Yemen following the sad events of last Thursday. Our hearts are with families and friends of victims that were robbed the most basic human right of all – the right to life. I have the whole UN family in Yemen with me joining your grief of the lost lives and the wounded.
Empowering youth as ‘the engine of transition’ in Yemen Nov 22, 2013Yemen is currently facing an explosive “youth bulge”: the country holds the world's record for fertility rate (5.4 children born per woman) and about a quarter of the population is aged 10 to 19, with 46 percent of them under 16.
A consolidated partnership between UNDP, Government, private sector, donors and MFI's to boost youth empowerment and innovation in YemenOct 31, 2013A consolidated partnership between UNDP, Government, private sector, donors and MFI's to boost youth empowerment and innovation in Yemen
Editorial by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed UN Resident Coordinator UN Day 2013Oct 24, 2013United Nations Day is a chance to recognize how much the organization contributes to peace and common progress around the world. The United Nations is our organization; it belongs to all of us, member states and people.
Statement of Sima Bahous Assistant Secretary General and Chair of the Regional UN Development Group for the Arab States Sep 25, 2013I thank His Excellency, HRH Prince Saud Al Faisal, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for hosting this meeting and for the leadership of Saudi Arabia in co-chairing the Friends of Yemen.
Interview: “There will be no stability if we don’t also deal with the underlying causes of the current crisis.”Sep 25, 2013This morning (25 September), the United Nations Secretary General and Humanitarian Chief, as well as Ministers, directors of UN agencies and others will gather in the margins of the UN General Assembly to discuss the political, economic and security situation in Yemen.
Testing Biometric Voter Registration Kit - The Future of Elections in Yemen Jun 17, 2013SANA’A, Long-considered controversial, outdated and political fractious, the current voter registry is being reformed. The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum, SCER, with technical support from the international community, is leading a massive and ambitious project to transform the hand-written, and labour-intensive registry process into a biometric voter register that will ensure security and electoral integrity for years to come.
As first phase of 3x6 approach closes, new life for youth beginsMar 11, 2013More than 70 youth gathered to paint the war-affected walls of Salim al-Sabbah School in Sana’a. The school was immensely affected by the armed conflicts between the tribe and the state during the 2011 uprising
- UNDP signs agreement with King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center for emergency livelihoods and rights protection for Yemeni people Sana'a, 27 August 2015 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is pleased to announce the signing of a Cost-Sharing Agreement with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to improve food security in crisis-affected communities in Yemen and to support the protection of human rights in the country. The agreement was signed in Riyadh on 27 August 2015 and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center will contribute $1,743,200 for three months duration. This is part of the broader contribution from Saudi Arabia to the UN Flash Appeal. The first of the two-component cooperation will address immediate food security needs among affected communities including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in the Aden, Hajjah, Abyan, Sa’ada and Sana’a Governorates. UNDP will support local food producers (including farmers, herders and laborers) with production inputs and assets while providing IDPs and other poor families with cash for work to rehabilitate water-related community infrastructure. More than 12 million people already do not have enough food and this number will rise further as the conflict continues to prevent Yemenis to produce and buy food. This is only an initial step to restore the capacity of local food production and water-related infrastructure, income generation through cash for work. The second component aims to protect civilians and humanitarian personnel from the conflict through psycho-social assistance and documenting of human rights violations to be implemented by local Yemeni civil society organizations (CSOs) around Yemen. The continuing violence and collapse of law and order has given rise to a serious deterioration of human rights in Yemen including arbitrary detention and violence against women. UNDP will train a network of Yemeni CSOs to professionally report on human rights violations and provide psycho-social support to victims. “The Ksrelief Centre was established and commissioned in May 2015, by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to coordinate the Kingdom’s external humanitarian and relief aid without prejudice. Supervisor General, HE Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah stated that the situation in Yemen is very critical and Ksrelief is collaborating with UN agencies in order to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen and this agreement is one of several to follow, and is a reflection of our Government and Nation’s values to those in need, especially to our brothers in Yemen.” UNDP Country Director for Yemen, Mikiko Tanaka explained: “The war in Yemen has created a humanitarian and developmental disaster where economic and governmental systems have collapsed and Yemeni communities and individuals, who have long survived poverty and injustice with incredible solidarity and tenacity in the past, are now deprived of their means and coping mechanisms to protect and provide for their families. UNDP is grateful for the financial contribution from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to initiate this assistance. This agreement comes at a critical time to support Yemeni people to get back on their feet to overcome the hardship inflicted by the war. Amidst the massive needs that we sadly see today in Yemen, this is only a drop and a start of long process of restoring livelihoods and building back resilience and dignity among the Yemeni people. Only in collaboration with our international partners may we be able to respond to this colossal challenge.” 27 August AT 03:50 PM
- UNDP restoring community services through social entrepreneurship led by youth Sana’a, 24 August 2015 UNDP, Millennium Development Foundation and For All Foundation are launching three social businesses in Sana’a, which will directly support 53 vulnerable youth, including 30 women, with alternative economic opportunities that will benefit the affected population in Nuqum and Tahreer areas. Since March 2015, Yemen is experiencing a protracted crisis with an estimated 80% of its population being currently in need of humanitarian assistance. Livelihoods have been profoundly disrupted with mass scale unemployment and closure of businesses due to insecurity and the imposed economic blockade that limited vital commercial imports and exports. The social businesses will offer charcoal ironing and garbage collection services to the residents, mitigating the impact of prolonged electricity outages and mounting solid waste, in addition to establishing a community service center to provide delivery of essential goods and commodities such as cooking gas, drinking water, and mobile phones charging. Charcoal ironing shops will employ 27 vulnerable women and provide them with income-generating activities. These charcoal operated irons will mitigate the impact of electricity outages, offer alternative economic opportunities, and contribute to improve the livelihoods of this initiative for beneficiaries. Furthermore, 11 youth will be provided with special local made bicycles to collect and safely dispose of solid waste, in cooperation with local authorities and Cleanliness Fund, collecting nominal fees from the targeted population in exchange for these services. Essential goods and commodities have become difficult to secure from the markets in view to the current circumstances. In this respect, the Community Social Centre will employ 15 youth to deliver cooking gas, drinking water, and mobile phones charging to the community, using local designed bicycles. Building the resilience of businesses to sustain shocks through a social angle while ensuring that critical services are maintained at the community-level to stabilize livelihoods and foster economic self-reliance. “As youth are drawn into conflict and poverty, social enterprises offer them the opportunity to restore their livelihoods and to give hope to their communities,” said Mikiko Tanaka, UNDP Country Director, during the launching ceremonies. “I lost my job in April. The company I was working for has been closed, and it was not able to pay our salaries. I always wanted to start my own business so this is an opportunity for me to earn a dignity in my life. We cannot stay home doing nothing and only wait for charity,” Najwa, a young entrepreneur from Nuqum said. As part of its emergency livelihoods response, UNDP is promoting a social entrepreneurship to support the private sector to create new jobs and generate a wider social impact that will contribute to the immediate economic recovery efforts and to building up resilience of Yemenis to better cope with shocks. 24 August AT 02:44 PM
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