• Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 4, Issue 2
    Dec 7, 2017

    Much has happened following the previous issue of the Development Advocate on FATA mainstreaming. While earlier, reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were discussed, now the Government has begun to make those tough decisions needed to bring reform, through acting on the recommendations of the Committee on FATA Reforms. If the quality of life of communities in tribal areas is to be improved, fundamental reforms are required, and we in UNDP appreciate the Committee's resolve to settle the political, economic, and legal issues which have kept FATA out of the mainstream, through a nationally owned and driven process. The Committee's recommendations – varying from extending the country's justice system to the introduction of elected local government and fasttrack economic development – would do much to address the myriad issues faced by the people of FATA. If implemented successfully, these reforms will open a path towards social and economic development for the region and its people. Independent polls and media reports suggest that the plans have widespread support from a population currently under served by the status quo.

  • The Vulnerability of Pakistan’s Water Sector to the Impacts of Climate Change: Identification of gaps and recommendations for action
    Oct 25, 2017

    Concern has been growing in recent years regarding the potential impact of climate change on Pakistan’s already stressed water resources. Rising temperatures, increasing saltwater intrusion in coastal areas, a growing threat of glacier lake outburst floods, more intense rainfall, and changes in monsoon and winter rainfall patterns are just some of the ways in which climate change is expected to affect Pakistan’s hydrologic resources. These risks amplify an already problematic situation given that Pakistan is among the most waterstressed countries in the world. Per capita access to surface and groundwater sources is expected to continue to decline in the decades ahead, driven largely by rapid population growth and urbanization.

  • Pakistan One UN Programme II 2016
    Sep 25, 2017

    2016 was a landmark year for the UN in Pakistan, as we endeavoured to do better – and we succeeded, delivering better results for all the people of Pakistan. This Annual Report showcases the real-life impact of the UN’s humanitarian and development work across this vibrant country. This year witnessed the dawn of the 2030 Agenda, whose Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a clarion call for transformation – a pledge to transform lives and protect our planet. The Government of Pakistan has heeded this call, embracing the SDGs as Pakistan’s own Development Goals. As a UN team, we are supporting the Government to localise these goals, so that they truly transform the lives of all Pakistanis and the environment in which they live. By delivering together as “One UN”, we achieved greater efficiency and greater impacts. This fourth year of the One UN Programme II (OP II) saw our approach evolve, becoming more results-oriented and inclusive.

  • UNDP Pakistan Annual Report 2016
    Sep 19, 2017

    The year 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of UNDP’s close partnership with the world’s governments and peoples to realize our shared dream of a world without poverty, inequality and injustice. In my first year as UNDP Country Director in Pakistan, I am honoured to have arrived at a moment in the country’s history which is full of excitement and potential, with intensifying focus on sustainable development, providing economic opportunities for youth and addressing climate change. Fortunately, Pakistan was spared major natural calamities this year, thanks in part to the hard work in improving preparedness and resilience by Government and its partners. This offered much needed breathing space to communities suffering from frequent hazards to enable them to look beyond meeting immediate needs and continue enhancing their living conditions without relapse.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 4, Issue 1
    Jul 18, 2017

    Pakistan has already shown strong commitment to the SDGs, adopting them as Pakistan's National Development Goals. National and sub-national planning and financing frameworks are being aligned to the SDG agenda. New frameworks are being established to track related expenditures, while district-level frameworks are being piloted to highlight priorities, especially those related to health and education.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 3, Issue 4
    Jan 31, 2017

    Water associated problems are amongst the key challenges faced by Pakistan. Pakistan’s water profile has changed drastically from being a water abundant country, to one experiencing water stress. Between 1990 and 2015, per capita water availability declined from 2,172 cubic metres per inhabitant, to 1,306 cubic metres per inhabitant. Pakistan extracts 74.3 percent of its freshwater annually, thereby exerting tremendous pressure on renewable water resources. Despite remarkable improvements in the proportion of the population using improved water sources and improved sanitation facilities, 27.2 million Pakistanis do not have access to safe water and 52.7 million do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

  • Newsletter 13th Edition - December 2016
    Dec 21, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a whole is supporting various governments in implementing the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme. This initiative aims to ensure that development interventions address women empowerment and gender equality issues, as well as create equitable conditions for women and men in the workplace, both of which are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Certainly, the Pakistan Country Office has made significant strides in gender-related work in Pakistan. Efforts to implement the fifth SDG goal to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” are visible in the country programme across its thematic areas in about 30 projects and programmes.

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