News

Highlights of the UN Country Team's Press Conference on UN Day 2017

On the occasion of UN Day, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan, and members of the UN Country Team in Jordan, held a press conference, to brief the media on the work of the United Nations in Jordan. Click to read further highlights from the press conference.

308,000 USD Grants to Support Pilot Environmental Projects

Under the patronage of the Minister of Environment, Dr. Yasin Khayyat, UNDP has signed 8 grants with CBOs to implement pioneer environmental projects aiming to improve the environmental situation in Jordan.This activity comes as part of “Mainstreaming Rio Convention Provisions into National Sectoral Policies in Jordan” project aiming to produce core outputs leading to targeted Rio Convention mainstreaming in two priority strategies and plans: The National Rangeland Strategy, the National Drought Management Action Plan.

UNDP Jordan Enhances Health and Environmental Conditions of Al-kaidar Landfill

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funded by the Government of Canada and in a collaboration with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Joint Services Council in Irbid, initiated the establishment of the first sanitary cell in Al-kaidar landfill, the second largest landfill in Jordan in the Northern region, in accordance with the international standards for solid waste cell lining, leachate collection system and biogas collection system.

The UN in Jordan Commemorates World Humanitarian Day 2017

(Amman, 21 August 2017) – On Sunday, the UN in Jordan marked World Humanitarian Day 2017 granting four humanitarian excellence awards to humanitarian workers for their exemplary commitment on four thematic areas: Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Working Together, Innovation in Humanitarian Action, and Youth Empowerment. The official ceremony, held at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, was attended by humanitarians, senior government officials and members of the international and local communities.

UN agencies raise deep concern for the safety and security of thousands of vulnerable Syrians near Jordan’s North Eastern border

AMMAN, Jordan, 14 August - UN agencies are deeply concerned about the security and protection of an estimated 4,000 Syrians at Hadalat and 45,000 Syrians at Rukban – mainly women and children - who remain stranded at Syria’s southern border with Jordan. Airstrikes have been reported in the area in the last few days, causing serious distress and panic amongst the population fearing for their lives with the heightened risk of escalated hostilities.

Ten youth in Jordan selected as “SDGs Advocates”

(Amman, 6 August 2017) – As part of the United Nations’ awareness raising activities on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Communications Group in Jordan (UNCG) had launched a photo competition on social media targeting youth during the month of June. The competition, which was open for one month, gathered more than 200 registrations and 35 photo submissions from youth in different parts of the Kingdom. Based on predefined criteria, a UN evaluation panel was formed which selected ten youth as winners of the competition.

New ILO report reveals situation of Jordanians, migrant workers and Syrian refugees in Jordan’s labour market

The report shed lights on solutions to potentially conflicting policy aims in Jordan’s labour market.

Sustainable Development Goals Instagram Competition for Youth in Jordan

The UN in Jordan has launched an Instagram competition targeting young persons in Jordan between the ages of 15 and 30. Youth are invited to take innovative and creative pictures using their phones of anything that represents the 17 SDGs during the period of 6 June 2017 to 30 June 2017.

A network of information officers

The writer, toby@law-democracy.org, is executive director of the Centre for Law and Democracy. He contributed this article to The Jordan Times.

UNESCO celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2017

Amman, 7 May 2017 – To mark the global celebration of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), UNESCO Amman Office was joined this year by the UNESCO Doha and Ramallah Offices for a sub-regional commemoration focusing on the topic, “Critical minds for critical times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just, inclusive societies.”