Protype demonstration of recycling water at car wash service stations was held in Islamabad in collaboration with Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The water recycling prototype was inaugurated at a local car wash station by Sheikh Anser Aziz, Mayor of Islamabad and Mr. Ignacio Artaza, Resident Representative (a.i.) UNDP, with representatives from petroleum companies, civil society organizations and development partners also present at the ceremony.
In this newsletter you will find four original articles from Country Offices featuring Pakistan, the Solomon Islands, Cambodia and Bangladesh, a photo-story on unpaid care and domestic work, an article on workplace discrimination against LGBTI people, an interview on Gender and Climate Change Financing, and 4 blogs addressing issues such as innovation and gender-based violence.
Until less than a year ago, Sakina Bibi and Zabihullah, still in the early years of childhood, spent their days running household errands — a sharp contrast to the carefree lives led by most children of school-going age. Sakina spent her days helping her mother fetch water from as far as ten kilometres away — the only fresh water source located near their house, while Zabihullah helped his father take the animals for grazing to nearby pastures.
UNDP organized its first Advisory Council meeting for the Pakistan National Human Development Report (NHDR) on Inequality. The members included Pakistan’s foremost academics, technical experts, policy makers, and representatives from prominent political parties, all of whom provided valuable feedback on the report’s progress.
“When I lost my husband, I had no choice but to move in with my brother,” said Bibi Hajra, a recently widowed resident of Sultan Shah village, Noshki district. “I often felt my children and I were an additional burden for my brother, who earned a meagre sum as a day labourer and was already struggling to provide for his own family.”
The Pakistan National Human Development Report 2017 points towards large disparities in human development across districts and cities of Pakistan. The Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.877 for Lahore is on average equal to that for France and Spain. It is higher than the average HDI for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and many other countries. Lahore and five other cities of Pakistan fall in the Very High Development Category.
For as long as he could remember Haji Asmatullah had led a simple life with just enough earnings to support his family in his remote village of Zangikhel, in district Lakki Marwat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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