Magdy Martínez-Solimán: Remarks at the Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 & SDGs 2030

The Kingdom’s ambition articulated in Vision 2030 for a better future -- centered on having a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation -- is notable. It is also wonderful to see the strong alignment between Vision 2030 and the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With the thoughtful planning and strategic pathways outlined in the accompanying National Transformation Program 2020, Saudi Arabia has already made a good start in its journey towards ensuring a prosperous and sustainable future.

Sima Bahous with UNDP staff during her official visit to Saudi Arabia to strengthen relations and discuss issues of common interest

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Arab States, Sima Bahous, with UNDP staff during her official mission to Saudi Arabia to strengthen partnership and discuss several regional issues of common interest with the Kingdom’s high officials back in June 2015. The delegation included Mr. Michael O’Neil, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy.

King Salman Youth Center join hands with UNDP to develop three global youth indicators

The King Salman Youth Center (KSYC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have concluded an agreement to implement the “Youth National Indicators Project”. The Project aims at developing three globally certified youth indicators, as well as preparing a study about youth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, based on the data of these indicators.

KSA lead provider of ODA in 2014 with 1.9% of Gross National Income

  RIYADH 15/May/2016: Since the early 1950s, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been active in providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) based on identified needs — from assistance to supporting people in fragile states and humanitarian crises to providing soft loans and grants to low-income developing countries...

Ashok Nigam remarks at the launch of the report “Partnership in Development and South-South Cooperation”

Opening Remarks of Dr. Ashok Nigam UNDP Resident Representative & UN Resident Coordinator On the occasion of the Launch of the report “Partnership in Development and South-South Cooperation” Hosted by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center Intercontinental hotel, Riyadh 15-May-2016   Your Excellency, Dr....

UN & KACND highlight the Role of Saudi Women in promoting Social Cohesion

RIYADH – 9th March 2016: On occasion of the International Women’s Day, the United Nations Country Team in Saudi Arabia and King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND), held panel discussions under the title “The Role of Saudi Women in Social Cohesion”. The event, which was held at the UN Building, included...

UNDP tops global index for international aid transparency for second consecutive year

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) remains the most transparent aid organisation in the world, according to a leading global ranking released today.

Dr. Ashok Nigam UN RC/ UNDP RR Remarks on “International Women’s Day”

Dr. Ashok Nigam UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Remarks on “International Women’s Day”

UNDP at 50: An investment in UN’s key role in development

New York City -  As it marks 50 years at the frontlines of international development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) should be seen as an investment in the UN’s critical role in helping to build a world free of poverty and inequality, said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.   “So often, leaders say to...

Remarks by Dr. Ashok Nigam on MOMRA’s Workshop

Remarks by Dr. Ashok Nigam on MOMRA’s Workshop “Initiative 20: Developing the National Spatial Strategy and Following up Its Implementation”

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Launching Qassim Urban Observatory workshop

Dr. Ashok Nigam remamarks on launching Qassim Urban Observatory workshop

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UNDP participates in Al Faisal University Health Awareness Day

Remarks by Mayssam Tamim Assistant Resident Representative On the occasion of the Health Awareness Day and HIV  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 6th of December 2015 Dear AlFaisal University faculty members and students, Ladies and Gentlemen,   Good morning and a warm welcome to all of you. I would like to thank AlFaisal...

Launch of the Digital Good Platfrom

  “Digital Good” – Helping to achieve the SDGs RIYADH/21/November/2015 – Under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Nizar O. Madani, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, the national launch of the “Digital Good” platform took place in Riyadh on Saturday...

UNDP training AlFaisal University students to help raise awareness on HIV/AIDS among youth

UNDP Saudi Arabia Country Office held a one-day workshop on HIV/AIDS Awareness with the participation of six medical students from Al-Faisal University. The workshop focused on creating awareness among peers and teenagers and most importantly to implement these activities for the University to raise awareness...

Saudi Arabia takes part in “Turn the World UN Blue” campaign marking the United Nations at 70

Saudi Arabia’s iconic Kingdom Tower and Al-Faisaliah Tower were lit in blue – the official color of the United Nations, as part of a global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The global celebration will kick off in New Zealand and then Australia with the lighting of the...

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“From People to People” - UNDP launches Digital Good platform

New York — The United Nations Development Programme launched its Digital Good interactive platform Tuesday, the first global resource enabling people worldwide to fund local and global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015....

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10 Things you need to know about the Global Goals

10. The Global Goals are the world’s ultimate to-do list for the next 15 years The Global Goals are 17 goals to make this planet a better place by 2030. This means ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and fixing climate change - sounds good, doesn’t it? 9. The Global Goals are the people’s goals The Global...

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Youth innovate to address development challenges in the Arab region

The “First Social Innovation Camp for Youth from the Arab Region” was held for three days on 13 to 15 June 2015 in Amman, Jordan. The main purpose was to provide a platform for young women and men to examine key development challenges facing the region and suggest innovative solutions to address them. The camp...

UNDP celebrates World Environment Day by presenting the World Water Development Report 2015

The planet will be facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless nations dramatically improve the management of this precious resource. This is the unavoidable conclusion reached in the 2015 United Nations World Water Development Report, which was presented during the World Environment Day event held by...

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Ban meets King Salman, looks forward to cooperation on development, climate, regional crises

Paying tribute to the legacy of the late Saudi Arabian king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the United Nations Secretary-General today looked forward to continued “fruitful cooperation” with the country's new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, after a meeting in which the two discussed sustainable development, climate...

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MOFA and UNDP Sign a Project Document to Establish a Global Online Platform for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Riyadh The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme signed a project document on Saturday 10th of January 2015 to establish an online platform that will enable citizens worldwide to contribute to projects aiming at achieving the post 2015 development goals. The signing ceremony was...

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UNDP and the Council of Saudi Chambers discuss the role of the private sector in the post 2015 development agenda

The United Nations Development Programme Country Office in Saudi Arabia in partnership with Council of Saudi Chambers and the support of the UNCT hosted on 23 December 2014 a roundtable deliberative discussions titled "The role of the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda in the Kingdom of Saudi...

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UNDP and Warif Celebrates 2014 International Volunteer Day

The International Volunteer Day was set by United Nations on the 5th of December to celebrate volunteers and volunteer organizations’ efforts in raising awareness and the contribution they make to their communities. In 1985 the International Volunteer Day was designed to be an observance day by way of...

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UNDP takes part in the International Anti-Corruption Day

On the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) held a seminar titled “The Role of Media and Cultural Institutions in Promoting Integrity and Anti-Corruption Practices” on 9 December 2014, under the patronage of HRH Turki Bin Abdullah, Governor of Riyadh....

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Social Good Summit Meetup; Young People, Big ideas

UNDP Riyadh  The fifth annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists, and voices from around the world took place on September 21 and 22 at 92nd Street Y in New York City coinciding with United Nations Week. Last year, the Social Good Summit...

UNDP encourages local talents by hosting a photography exhibition to mark World Environment Day

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, the United Nations Development Programme in Saudi Arabia held a photography exhibition titled “Our Environment, Our Kingdom” on the 5th of June, exhibiting the work of six Saudi photographers, who traveled through the undiscovered nature of the Kingdom. Ambassadors,...

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Saudi Arabia: government join forces to implement Energy Efficiency Labels

Through comprehensive use of energy efficiency standards and labels, Saudi Arabia aims to reduce demand for energy consumption over the next 20 years. The Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC), the entity responsible for the development of energy efficiency and conservation policies targeting all sectors, has...

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Saudi Youth establishing bilateral relations with Tanzania

When Rayan Abdulrazzaq Hejles, a 22-year-old medical student from Qatif who attends University of Dammam, visited Tanzania this year joining 20 other youth participants as part of the Saudi International Dialogue Forums, she didn’t know what to expect. Saudi Arabia is keen on expanding youth development...

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Saudi women challenges and successes

Major social, political and economic developments have influenced the role of Saudi women. While progress remains slow, the truth is that Saudi women are achieving an incredible amount of success despite all the challenges in the country. Remarkable progress has been achieved in the Kingdom in the status of women in...

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages dialogue among youth

Mohammed Al Reefi, an 18 year old Saudi student who has been selected to participate in the Saudi International Youth Dialogue Forums, a joint project between UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shares his story:   “I’m the oldest of five children. I have always wanted to be a doctor and travel the world...

Helen Clark emphasizes role of the Kingdom in global development

Riyadh – UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met on Saturday with Prince Saud Al-Faisal Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs, during her visit to the Kingdom—the first by a UNDP Administrator. They discussed Saudi Arabia’s expanding support to global development efforts, particularly its assistance to humanitarian and...

Youth Exchange Programme for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Based on the vision of the current leadership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its continuous efforts to bridge the gap between nations through cultural dialogue, Saudi Arabia aspires to enhance dialogue opportunities among civilizations based on solid knowledge and sincere desire to set strong bases of...