• 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.

  • Newsletter 12th Edition - September 2016
    Sep 8, 2016

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) lie at the heart of inclusive markets. They are also important employers of marginalized groups such as women and youth, offering opportunities to people who may otherwise be excluded from the economic mainstream. In Pakistan, nearly 90 percent of all enterprises are SMEs, employing 80 percent of the non-agricultural workforce. They contribute 40 percent of Pakistan’s GDP and can potentially play an even greater part in economic growth and poverty alleviation.

  • Newsletter 11th Edition - July 2016
    Jul 29, 2016

    Last year, at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York, the world’s nations came together and vowed to transform our world. Pakistan was amongst those nations, and took its commitment a big step further: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it was declared, would be Pakistan’s national development goals.

  • Newsletter 10th Edition - March 2016
    Mar 20, 2016

    There are more young Pakistanis today than ever before. Nearly a third of the population is between 15 and 29 years of age; together these young people make up a vast pool of energy, talent and enthusiasm to build a better Pakistan. This large youth population is a great gift for any country. As the young enter employment, they form the biggest workforce in history, bringing prosperity and vigour to the national economy and to society as a whole.

  • Newsletter 9th Edition - December 2015
    Dec 20, 2015

    In recent years, we have witnessed hundreds of Pakistani communities withstand shocks that should break them. And we have learned that it is essential to support vulnerable communities in difficult areas, to build their resilience so they are able to bounce back, even after catastrophic events, and maintain the social and economic networks on which we all depend.