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  • Forging partnerships for youth employment in Karachi Dec 6, 2016

    Pakistan has a growing youth population. Thirty-two percent of youth are uneducated with no vocational skills, making this segment of society vulnerable to violence and extremism. Under the Youth Employment Programme, UNDP and USAID are investing in skills development and employment opportunities for Karachi’s youth.

  • Empowering communities to mitigate disaster risks Nov 28, 2016

    In the past decade, Pakistan has experienced a range of natural and human-made disasters, from floods to droughts, and is one of the countries considered most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Sudden climate-related events can wreak havoc on entire communities, damaging agricultural land and putting lives and livelihoods at risk. Representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP visited Chitral in November 2016 to see for themselves how communities are being supported to prepare for, and mitigate disasters.

  • Before the flood Nov 4, 2016

    The Ministry of Climate Change and provincial governments are planning to establish early-warning systems and implement small-scale infrastructure projects in 12 vulnerable districts of KP and GB. This initiative is being funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—a mechanism designed to help developing countries adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change—and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project will also help ensure that decision-makers possess the technical skills and knowledge required to integrate climate change and disaster management into medium- and long-term development planning.

  • FATA youth receive business development grants Oct 26, 2016

    The Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, distributed the first tranche of business development grants to 30 trained young persons in a ceremony at the FATA Development Authority (FATA-DA) in Peshawar on 26 October 2016. Attendees included the Additional Chief Secretary of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), FATA-DA programme trainees, community elders, government officials, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officials and representatives from various national and international organizations.

  • UNDP Pakistan launches the FATA-DA Job Placement Centre Oct 26, 2016

    The FATA-DA and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan are providing technical and vocational skills trainings to around 2,000 youth from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in demand-driven trades. UNDP Pakistan and the FATA-DA collaborated to establish a JPC at the latter’s head office in Peshawar. The Government of the United Kingdom provided financial support.

  • Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia Oct 26, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) opened a two-day meeting on aid ahead of the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. More than 100 government delegates and development experts are exploring how to design integrated national financing frameworks for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia-Pacific.

  • 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.

  • Seminar on ‘Peacebuilding in an Age of Insecurity’ by Dr. Hassan Abbas Oct 4, 2016

    UNDP Pakistan invited Dr. Hassan Abbas, Carnegie Fellow at New America, Professor and Chair of the Department of Regional and Analytical Studies at the National Defense University, Washington D.C., and author of ‘The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan Afghanistan Frontier’ to deliver a talk titled ‘Peacebuilding in an Age of Insecurity’. Dr. Abbas delivered two talks to diverse audiences comprising development actors involved in peacebuilding work throughout Pakistan.

  • 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.