Jul 29, 2016Newsletter 11th Edition - July 2016Last 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.
Mar 20, 2016Newsletter 10th Edition - March 2016There 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.
Dec 20, 2015Newsletter 9th Edition - December 2015In 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.
Oct 20, 2015Newsletter 8th Edition - October 2015On 26 October, an earthquake in the Hindu Kush mountains shook Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although assessment is still underway, the damage seems less severe than originally feared. Still, hundreds were killed and many left homeless at the start of winter. For many, it was a brutal reminder of an even more devastating day ten years earlier. On 8 October 2005, as children made their way to school, the earth shook in northern Pakistan. By the time it stilled, schools, homes and hospitals lay in rubble. The region’s infrastructure was devastated, 73,338 people were dead, and 3.5 million in some of Pakistan’s poorest and most remote areas were affected.
Jul 13, 2015Newsletter 7th Edition - July 2015I am glad to present the summer edition of our newsletter focused on local government elections. I am impressed by the quality of the many young UN volunteers who worked tirelessly to encourage women and youth to participate in the local government elections held in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on May 30. Athar, one of the student volunteers in KP province said, “You are responsible for bringing a positive change in your village and your household. This can only happen if you go out and vote. You have the power to bring a change.”