Benin gets its first-ever sovereign credit rating through UNDP initiative

As part of an assault on poverty in Sub-Saharan African countries, Benin has been assigned sovereign credit ratings by one of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) partners, Standard & Poor’s, joining Ghana and Cameroon which were recently also rated for the first time.

UNDP chief says Millennium Development Goals constitute a new global deal

The Millennium Development Goals adopted by world leaders meeting at the United Nations in 2000 constitute a "new global deal" between developed and developing countries, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Mark Malloch Brown, said today in Kampala.

UN development agency honours anti-poverty activists

An Albanian mayor, a Lebanese activist and a Chilean educator were among those who have been recognized for their dedicated action to improve the lot of the poor at the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Poverty Eradication Awards ceremony in New York.

UN and US launch $15 million jobs programme in occupied Palestinian territory

Responding to the urgent need to alleviate poverty and chronic unemployment in the occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a $15 million jobs programme for the region.

Malaysian squash star appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UN development agency

Emerging international squash star Nicol David of Malaysia, recently appointed a National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has pledged to reach out to her countrymen on harnessing information and communications technology (ICT) to improve education.

UNDP, Shell petroleum company to assess social impact of major China pipeline project

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Shell petroleum company have agreed to assess the social impact of China's West-East Pipeline project, the UN agency announced today.

UN announces new funding for small human rights projects in over 20 countries

Seeking to support community human rights initiatives, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights today announced new small grants to help 21 countries in this effort.

$6 million UN-backed project pumps life back into Jordanian oasis

The Azraq oasis in Jordan's eastern desert is staging a "remarkable" ecological recovery thanks to a $6 million rehabilitation initiative funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP announced today.