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  • UNDP Opens SDG Knowledge Exchange in Bangkok Oct 24, 2016

    More than 150 delegates and development experts from 36 countries in Asia and the Pacific convened today in Bangkok to share expertise and ideas on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national plans and budgets. “This Knowledge Exchange is a platform for sharing experiences that will allow us to accelerate SDG implementation,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “Our goal is to turn the 2030 Agenda vision into actions on the ground as soon as possible.”

  • UNDP appoints new Country Director for Pakistan Oct 20, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan is pleased to announce the appointment and arrival of its new Country Director, Mr. Ignacio Artaza. Mr. Artaza has spent his professional career working in international development. Prior to his assignment in Pakistan, he served as Country Director of UNDP in Egypt, a position he has held since 2013. In this capacity, he oversaw the design and implementation of job creation for youth and women empowerment initiatives, as well as capacity building for administrative reforms and a vast climate change and biodiversity programme.

  • Sindh's consultative meeting on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Sep 28, 2016

    The second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting was held in Karachi on 28 September 2016. Ms. Rehana Ali Memon, Secretary, Planning and Development, Government of Sindh served as chief guest. Other participants included Mr. Mehfooz Qazi, Director, Energy Alternatives at the Sindh Energy Department, Syed Akhtar, Member, Energy, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms (MPDR) and Mr. Usman Manzoor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan.

  • UNDP Pakistan launches the Suppliers Development Programme to support SMEs in Balochistan Sep 28, 2016

    he United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan and the Government of Balochistan launched the Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) in Quetta today. The overall objective is to improve stability in the province and promote economic development by providing technical assistance and support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in setting up and expanding their businesses.

  • Building the SME sector: Investing in supplier development Sep 15, 2016

    SDP’s implementation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa began with the training of consultant, Usman Adil who went on to evaluate the processes and operations of Marjan Marble, an enterprise based out of Mardan. His training allowed him to identify issues related to marble quality and raw material standards, staff morale, security, company visibility and product lines. He recommended blast-free mining (decreasing the percentage of cracked marble by 21 percent), written specifications for raw materials quality, safety equipment and furniture for staff, biannual management-staff meetings, the installation of security cameras, a dedicated website to increase visibility, and the procurement of a granite-cutting machine to augment the company’s product line.

  • Pakistan and China share expertise on climate change fiscal management Sep 9, 2016

    Officials from Pakistan’s Ministries of Finance and Climate Change, the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), and members of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences (CAFS) today concluded four days of discussions in Islamabad and Lahore. These talks, facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development, provided a unique opportunity for better understanding of how budgeting and financial management can be improved in view of the increasing impacts of climate change in both countries.

  • UNDP Pakistan signs partnership with SMEDA to help at-risk youth run their own businesses Sep 8, 2016

    The Youth Employment Project at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan signed a partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) to provide entrepreneurial skills training to youth in the neighbourhoods of Lyari, Korangi and Sultanabad in Karachi. These youth do not usually possess the skills to earn livelihoods given their limited education and means. UNDP is therefore providing garment manufacturing skills to help them find work in garment-related trades, although the majority of young women and men continue to struggle to find employment. SMEDA and UNDP are responding to this challenge by helping young people become self-employed.

  • Second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting in Muzaffarabad. Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sep 8, 2016

    The second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting was held on 8 September 2016 in Muzaffarabad in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The chief guest, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, Prime Minister, AJK and a panel of esteemed guests came together to initiate dialogue and explore sustainable energy ideas for AJK. The meeting explored the issues, challenges and plausibility of implementing a region-wide sustainable energy programme.

  • UNDP Pakistan, WFP Pakistan and the FATA Secretariat distribute cash cards to returning IDPs Aug 30, 2016

    The FATA Secretariat, UNDP Pakistan and WFP Pakistan implemented a community-based livelihoods recovery project in Bara, Khyber Agency as part of the implementation of the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy. One of its key features was a cash card distribution programme.

  • Piloting private sector investment to protect KP communities against disaster Aug 24, 2016

    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 growing understanding that building resilience requires participation from all members of society, including individuals, private and public organizations, civil society and government.