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  • Localizing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Pakistan: Moving towards a more resilient Pakistan Feb 28, 2017

    28 February 2017, Islamabad—Effective implementation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) plans and better preparedness are crucial for saving the lives and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people across Pakistan. In line with international commitments and frameworks, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), national-level policies should incorporate local situations while catering to the needs of people vulnerable to hazards and disasters.

  • UNDP and the University of Durham sign north-south collaboration MoU Jan 31, 2017

    January 2017, Islamabad—Building on its efforts to institutionalize informed decision-making in development practices, UNDP signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Durham, UK. The University has achieved excellence in research on issues dealing with development and has dedicated departments involved in identifying practically oriented, innovative, and ambitious approaches to improving the human condition. The MoU provides a framework for both partners to pursue convergent development and academic goals in Pakistan. In this regard, the areas of cooperation aim at accelerating progress towards the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 16 which calls for promoting ‘just, peaceful, and inclusive societies’.

  • Suppliers Development Programme: Master Foods, Swat Jan 10, 2017

    Known for its high-quality fruit production, the orchard-rich Swat valley is home to some of the country’s leading fruit processing industries. Companies therefore have access to fresh raw material for the production of jams, juices, squashes and pulp. Master Foods, a fruit processing unit, was set up in Mingora, Swat in 1994. It has since become a major player in the food processing sector with considerable sales and outreach in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • Mountain and Markets: Ministry, Experts at Ethnobotanical Seminar Highlight Need for Sustainable Harvesting of Pakistan’s Biodiversity Products Dec 29, 2016

    A national seminar on ethno-botany was organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in Islamabad today, where experts highlighted the importance of the rich flora found in Pakistan’s northern region, and underscored the need for ensuring a sustainable use of biodiversity products, including herbs and plants, used often for the benefit of humans.

  • FTRP review board meeting Dec 15, 2016

    On 15 December, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomed national and international partners to the first project review board meeting for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP). Co-chaired by Mr. Igancio Artaza, Country Director, UNDP and Dr. Syed Ata ur Rehman, Secretary, Law and Order, FATA Secretariat, the meeting’s purpose was to assess FTRP progress and determine strategic avenues for moving forward.

  • Sustainability certifications open new markets for Pakistani pine nuts Dec 9, 2016

    The Mountains and Markets project supported by UNDP and the Global Environment Facility helps protect the rich biodiversity of the Hindu Kush, Karakorum and western Himalayan mountain ranges, which is threatened by poverty and limited options for livelihoods leading to unsustainable exploitation of natural resources such as pine nuts, medicinal plants and other forest products.

  • 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.

  • International Volunteer Day Dec 6, 2016

    International Volunteer Day (IVD) is observed annually on 5 December. Originally designated as such by the United Nations in 1985, it celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, volunteers worldwide.

  • Inauguration of model police station in Khawazakhela, Swat Nov 30, 2016

    Model police station (MPS), Khawazakhela, Swat was inaugurated today by Mian Muhammad Asif, Additional Inspector General of police and Mr. Amir Goraya, Assistant Country Director, DGU, UNDP Pakistan.

  • 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.