Our Stories of Change

  • Small comments lead to big initiatives
    Jul 12, 2019

    Two weeks ago, a member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s Sustainable Development Goals Taskforce wanted to initiate a movement to ban plastic bags in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and discussed it with representatives of the UNDP. This was added to the agenda of a pre-planned SDG Taskforce planning session. Eco-friendly bags were produced by the Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP) project to support the message around SDG 12 which is based on Responsible Consumption and Production. The SDG Taskforce has now adopted a plan to introduce a resolution in the KP Assembly to ban plastic bags along with events across the province to reach out to the public and other institutions for implementation. Meanwhile, SELP is no longer producing plastic-based bags, etc for its events.

  • Building inclusive societies
    Mar 13, 2019

    “…. without equality and empowerment, we will simply perpetuate today’s paradigm: trying to address all the world’s challenges with only half the world’s assets,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, underscoring the need for gender equality. The UN Deputy Secretary-General’s words carry some important lessons for all countries, and more specifically, resonate with some of what the United Nations, through its work in 193 countries, is striving to achieve at the global level.

  • Jul 10, 2017

    As a child Wasim Soomro watched as famous fashion designers showed their creations on television. He enjoyed seeing their creative designs and envied their rise to fame and fortune doing what they loved. “I used to watch famous celebrities become designers, flaunting their kurtas on TV. I told myself if they can do it, why can’t I? Lyari is famous for gang violence, but we don’t have any famous designers. I thought I should be the first one,” he saysd, clad in a blue kurta that he designed himself.

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  • Jun 24, 2014

    Zia Ud Din, a graduate student in Economics and Finance, was one of the first winners of the UNDP-HEC Federalism Fellowship. Born and raised in Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest province, Zia hopes to return to his home province and work to improve the area’s development prospects.

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