Development Matters - Newsletter December 2017

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Architects of the future

“The future of humanity and of our planet lies in our hands. It lies also in the hands of today’s younger generation who will pass the torch to future generations.”

These words lie at the heart of Agenda 2030, the global commitment to achieve sustainable development for all. Young people worldwide have been instrumental in formulating this agenda, and their contributions are now essential to realizing its ambitions.

For the past 25 years, it has been widely acknowledged that the wealth of a nation is not measured through its economic indicators alone, but through the wellbeing of its people.  Thus, a prosperous nation is not just one that has a high GDP, but one where all people can flourish. It is a nation that guarantees equal opportunities, rights and security, values diversity, protects the environment, manages resources sustainably and encourages participation in political and community life. It is a nation in which every individual, regardless of age or background, can be a player in advancing development.

Today, there are over 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 worldwide. This is the largest young population the world has ever known. With 64 percent of its population below 30 years of age, Pakistan, too, benefits from this wealth of human potential. These young people are the architects of the future – whose energy and commitment drives both economic and social progress, and whose education, employment and involvement in public life will determine whether we achieve peace and sustainable development.  Read more . . .

 

 
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Issue 15, December 2017
Youth Dialogue on Peace and Security

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Strengthening Rule of law in Pakhtunkhwa   China-Pakistan relationship in light of South-South Cooperation
 
Rehabilitation of drinking water supply scheme in FATA   Education Infrastructure & School Facilities in FATA
Featured Partner United States Agency for International Development

5158ad73-3f77-499e-bb1a-650a594382d1.png Broad-based economic growth is essential for sustainable long-term development. It creates opportunities for impoverished households to raise their living standards, provides Pakistan with resources to expand access to basic services, and most importantly enables citizens to chart their own prosperous futures. USAID’s support to Pakistan through international partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is a step toward long-lasting sustainable development.

USAID engages with Pakistan through bilateral cooperation and robust civilian and security assistance, allowing joint action on issues that are important to both the United States and Pakistan: energy, economic growth, resilience, education, and health. An array of partnerships with the Government of Pakistan, the private sector, and Pakistani civil society help ensure that assistance programmes are aligned with local priorities and build local capacity. USAID seeks to develop transformational partnerships and practices, as well as legacy institutions, to ensure that assistance has a sustained impact beyond the implementation period of its programmes.

Recognizing the importance of promoting peace and resilience among Karachi’s residents, particularly with youth, USAID collaborated with UNDP to implement the Youth Workforce Development Programme. This programme aims to provide workforce development training to nearly 17,000 youth, including adolescent girls from marginalized areas.

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Ignacio Artaza
Country Director

Architects of the future

“The future of humanity and of our planet lies in our hands. It lies also in the hands of today’s younger generation who will pass the torch to future generations.”

These words lie at the heart of Agenda 2030, the global commitment to achieve sustainable development for all. Young people worldwide have been instrumental in formulating this agenda, and their contributions are now essential to realizing its ambitions.

For the past 25 years, it has been widely acknowledged that the wealth of a nation is not measured through its economic indicators alone, but through the wellbeing of its people. Thus, a prosperous nation is not just one that has a high GDP, but one where all people can flourish. It is a nation that guarantees equal opportunities, rights and security, values diversity, protects the environment, manages resources sustainably and encourages participation in political and community life.

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Working together for a sustainable future

Our Annual Report celebrates the achievements of 2016, built upon decades of close collaboration between UNDP, Government, and a wide range of partners – from international development agencies down to the grassroots level.

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Microsoft Pakistan collaborates with UNDP for youth-development   The Government of Japan and UNDP sign agreement to help strengthen Pakistan’s electoral processes
 
The Government of Punjab acknowledges SDGs in its 2017-2018 Budget in collaboration with UNDP   USAID, UNDP, and FATA Secretariat Launch PKR 1.6 billion ($15 million) FATA Economic Revitalization Program

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