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  • 18 Aug 2014
    Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly passes Local Government Act 2014

  • 12 Aug 2014
    Preparations underway for the National Human Development Report on Pakistan’s Youth

  • 31 Jul 2014
    Pakistani peace champions announced as N-Peace Award winners

    One young man and two women peace champions have been named among the winners of the 2014 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize administered by the United Nations Development Programme which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia. This year was the first year that Pakistan has participated in the awards.

  • 17 Jul 2014
    Women Parliamentarians agree on resolutions to improve leadership and political opportunities for women

    National women’s commissions and caucuses across the region face similar challenges: limited human and financial resources, poor positioning and remaining at the lowest tier in the government hierarchy as well as struggling with development and welfare approach. Taking a regional approach to a pervasive problem, a two-day South Asian Regional Exchange meeting of parliamentarians, representatives of women’s caucuses, Women’s Ministries, Women’s Commissions, and Election Commissions, as well as UN agencies and international development partners was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 15-17 July.

  • 24 Jun 2014
    Making Education Work: The Governance Conundrum

    The impact of education investments is considered a simple linear function of inputs and outputs in most developing countries, including Pakistan. The measure of performance and the process through which inputs are converted into outputs, and subsequently, outcomes, are seldom discussed. Good governance—in terms of setting up performance benchmarks, systems of monitoring and accountability, and budgeting and distribution formulae—can considerably improve institutional effectiveness and results in the education system, without new inputs.

  • 04 Jun 2014
    National Conference on MDGs: Govt allocates Rs. 12.5 billion to help accelerate progress-The Express Tribune

    Minister for Planning, Dev elopm ent and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said this on the second day of the “National Parliam entary Conference on Millennium Dev elopm ent Goals” at the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services on Tuesday

  • 04 Jun 2014
    National Assembly Speaker calls for collective effort to attain social development goals

    Speaking at the National Conference on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) held at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal announced that a grant of Rs 12.5 billion has been reserved in the 2014-15 Budget for community-led MDG initiatives.

  • 03 Jun 2014
    Shift to sustainable development goals under Vision 2025 planned

    At Monday’s National Millennium Development Goals Conference, hosted by the National Assembly of Pakistan with support from UNDP, in an attempt to sav e the country ’s grace at international lev el, national and provincial task forces on the MDGs consisting of members of parliament and provincial assemblies came together to inform that Pakistan’s development agenda will move its focus from achieving MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in accordance with the Vision 2025 development plan.

  • 02 Jun 2014
    Consulting or Insulting?

    By the end of this month, the government would have finalised three important decisions that will affect the lives of 200 million plus this year, and the many years beyond. And in all these decisions, the word ‘consultative’ has or will likely feature as the most important highlight of the process. However, not all is what may seem.

  • 01 Jun 2014
    First National Parliamentary Conference on MDG tomorrow

    The first National Parliamentary Conference on Millennium Development Goals is being held from June 2 to 4 under the guidance of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The Speaker of the National Assembly will inaugurate the first National Millennium Development Goals Conference. It is an initiative of a young woman Parliamentarian MNA Mariyum Aurangzeb, who is the chairperson for Task Force on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 31 May 2014
    MDGs conference on Sunday

    The National Assembly (NA) is holding a conference on millennium development goals (MDGs) for parliamentary task force on Sunday (today). It is the initiative of MNA Mariyum Aurangzeb, who is also the chairwoman of the Task Force on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 30 May 2014
    “Civic Education Café” gives students a voice in civic education

    In terms of demographics, Pakistan is an exceedingly young country where half the population is estimated to be under the age of 20. Fifty-two of those young people met in Islamabad to voice their opinions and hear the views of other students on what it is that the youth of Pakistan need from civic education programmes and the means with which to reach them. Participants had an opportunity to discuss the importance of civic education, the challenges faced and the role modern technologies play to promote civic education among women and youth.

  • 16 May 2014
    UNDP launches civic education seminar series-Panel discussion on the role of civic education in strengthening democracy in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD, 16 May 2014: Civic education, focusing on identifying gaps in the sector and discussing how to fill those gaps, was the topic of a panel discussion hosted by UNDP and UNWOMEN Pakistan. The event, part of an ongoing series, focused on civic education in Pakistan and civic education with respect to women and youth.

  • 13 May 2014
    National Consultation on Enhancing Women’s Participation in Politics – Making Quotas More Democratic

    “We can only have an optimistic future scenario if women are given meaningful participation in legislative process. The collective wisdom of women parliamentarians would go a long way in addressing the women related issues”, stated Ms. Shaista Malik, Secretary of the Women Parliamentary Caucus at a seminar, “Women’s Participation in Politics – Making Quota Seats more Democratic”, held today by the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and supported by UN Women and UNDP. She asked all political parties and politicians to join hands beyond political parties for the cause of empowering women.

  • 13 May 2014
    Women’s Representation in Parliament – The Issue of Quota Seats The second in a series of Policy Seminars on Women’s Empowerment Women’s Parliamentary Caucus with support from UNDP and UN Women

    Looking at the gender landscape in Pakistan today, in terms of political participation, urgent measures are needed to create a level playing field for women in the electoral process. As I am sure you will all agree, this lingering democratic deficit undermines the quality of Pakistan’s democracy.

  • 08 May 2014
    Better access to justice in KPK

    The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is taking welcome steps to strengthen the rule of law and various state institutions with the help of the UN and several foreign governments. A recent UN Development Programme press release highlights the various projects, which include establishing mobile courts for remote areas, refurbishing civil courts, conducting training programmes and workshops that support citizens’ access to justice. Concomitantly, scholarships for women lawyers to mitigate the gender divide in legal circles; training for judges, clerks, police officials to strengthen the judicial system; and information campaigns for the people about their legal rights are also being conducted.

  • 07 May 2014
    Enhancing the Role of Women in Political Parties The first in a series of Policy Seminars on Women’s Empowerment Women’s Parliamentary Caucus with support from UNDP and UN Women

    Here in Pakistan, the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus is making a significant contribution to diminishing the gender deficit. Through their vibrant advocacy initiatives several landmark pieces of legislation on women’s rights have been passed.

  • 06 May 2014
    Agents of change

    NATION-building processes cannot work and development goals cannot be achieved if women are denied meaningful political participation. To ensure this, Pakistan’s parliament introduced a 17pc gender quota in 2002 in all legislative houses.

  • 02 May 2014
    The secretary-General message on World Press Freedom Day, New York, 3 May 2014

    Each year on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental freedom to receive and impart information and ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • 24 Apr 2014
    International Development Partners visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to strengthen support for rule of law

    A joint mission of international development partners visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province today. The mission to Swat, Buner and Peshawar provided development partners with an opportunity to engage with the communities, senior government officials and judicial staff to better understand the challenges for rule of law and to explore further opportunities for promoting peace and justice in the province. This is aligned with KP Government’s Strategic Partnership Development Framework which spells out joint commitments between the Government and international partners in accordance with the province’s development strategy. Rule of law is one of the priority components of the frame work.