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  • UNDP & NBP sign MOU & form Partnership for PMYBL Scheme Aug 30, 2017

    Islamabad, 30 August 2017 – The young Pakistanis aged 21–45 who have participated in vocational and business training provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will receive access to affordable credit to develop small businesses from National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). The facility will be provided as part of the Prime Ministers Youth Business Loan Scheme (PMYBL). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today between UNDP and NBP to increase awareness and access to finance to youth under PMYBL Scheme. The signing ceremony took place at the office of UNDP in Islamabad. MOU was signed by Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator Humanitarian Coordinator for UNDP, and Mr. Saeed Ahmad, President & CEO on behalf of National Bank of Pakistan.

  • Youth Building Peace Aug 21, 2017

    The United Nations recognizes the invaluable role of young people as agents of change, progress, and development. This role is celebrated every year on the International Youth Day; an occasion to re-affirm the Member States’ commitment towards nurturing and supporting their young. One of the best ways of achieving this is by providing young people with effective platforms to raise their voices and giving them opportunities to emerge as harbingers of positive change and development. This year, the International Youth Day is committed to ‘celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace’. This is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2250 and 2282 that acknowledge young people’s crucial roles in ‘deterring and resolving conflicts’.

  • UNDP and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors Support Journalists in Pakistan to Improve Climate Finance Reporting Jul 24, 2017

    A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative - Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance programme - and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) have held workshops in Karachi and Lahore to intensively build media skills on reporting on climate change and climate finance in Pakistan. At the workshops, a CPNE and UNDP handbook, Climate Smart Reporting: A Handbook for Journalists, was also launched.

  • Without sustainable land management, Pakistan faces major risks from desertification Jul 21, 2017

    Millions of Pakistanis depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. With almost 80 percent of the country’s area consisting of arid or semi-arid land, however, much of Pakistan’s agricultural land is vulnerable to desertification - the process by which arable land becomes desert due to drought, deforestation, inappropriate agricultural practices, the effects of climate change, or a combination of all of these. As Pakistan’s population grows and the effects of climate change take hold, desertification has become a major source of concern for the country’s fragile ecosystem.

  • UNDP and the Government of KP reiterate commitment to peaceful sustainable development Jun 14, 2017

    Peshawar, 14 June 2017 – Mr Haoliang Xu, the UN Assistant Secretary General and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific met key officials of the Government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), including Mr Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister of KP, and Mr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Governor of KP, to reiterate support for community resilience, rule of law, sustainable return and rehabilitation of FATA’s temporarily displaced people, employment, youth engagement and economic development in order to achieve peaceful sustainable development in KP and FATA.

  • Advancing partnerships for human development Apr 11, 2017

    For the past quarter century, development initiatives have been framed around the belief that the wealth of a nation is not exclusively measured through economic indicators, but through the wellbeing of its people. Instead of promoting economic growth alone, human development enhances human abilities: health, knowledge and a decent standard of living. It entails creating the conditions in which all people can flourish: human rights and security, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and participation in political and community life.

  • Training for persons with disabilities in the garment sector to increase their employability Apr 5, 2017

    In partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Youth Employment Project (YEP) and Soorty Enterprises are working with NOWPDP (disability inclusion initiative) to provide vocational training to youth with speech and hearing impairments. The purpose is to develop the skills of persons with disabilities to increase their access to job opportunities. Today, they were awarded certificates for their completion of trainings in garment manufacturing quality control. Interviews were conducted with prospective employers like Soorty Enterprises, one of the largest denim manufacturers in Pakistan.

  • UNDP and Italian Embassy sign agreement for the Mountain Protected Areas Project Mar 29, 2017

    The Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with EvK2CNR signed a memorandum of understanding in a ceremony at the Ramada Hotel today, agreeing to work on a project titled “Improvement of the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) Management System as a Model for Mountain Ecosystems in Northern Pakistan”. The project will also cover the Deosai National Park.

  • UNDP publication launch - Beyond Preparedness: Development Impact of Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Pakistan Mar 28, 2017

    There have been an increasing number of community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) initiatives in Pakistan since the 2005 earthquake. Actors adopted various approaches that all yielded different results, depending on the tools and methodologies used. Many of the approaches emphasize particular types of vulnerable groups, e.g., women, and specific geographical areas i.e. rural areas over urban areas.

  • UNDP conducts roundtable discussion on private sector involvement in disaster risk reduction Mar 22, 2017

    As communities around the world begin to experience the impacts of climate change and face recurrent disasters, there has been increasing awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction (DRR) - taking action to reduce vulnerabilities and exposure, and developing more resilient communities. Moreover, since climate change and disasters affect every aspect of life, there is a growing understanding that building resilience requires participation from all members of society, including individuals, private and public organizations, civil society and government.

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