The Government of Japan and UNDP sign agreement to help strengthen Pakistan’s electoral processes
Nov 22, 2017
Islamabad, 22 November 2017 – His Excellency, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Takashi Kurai, and the Country Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan, Ignacio Artaza, today signed an agreement to provide US$ 5.9 million over three years (2017–2020) to support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), and to further strengthen its capacity to hold elections. This project will build upon UNDP’s longstanding commitment to develop the capacity of key democratic institutions including provincial and national assemblies and the ECP itself.
On World Tsunami Day, highly vulnerable Karachi schools conduct evacuation drills
Nov 7, 2017
Students, government officials, civil society organizations and UN agencies came together today to commemorate World Tsunami Day (officially celebrated on 5 November) by holding a tsunami school evacuation drill and cleaning the shoreline near their settlements. Supported by a regional United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project to improve preparedness for tsunamis in 18 countries, this is part of five school-based awareness trainings and evacuations in Karachi’s vulnerable coastal areas.
Newsletter Editorial October 2017
Nov 1, 2017
“The future of humanity and of our planet lies in our hands. It lies also in the hands of today’s younger generation who will pass the torch to future generations.” These words lie at the heart of Agenda 2030, the global commitment to achieve sustainable development for all. Young people worldwide have been instrumental in formulating this agenda, and their contributions are now essential to realizing its ambitions.
USAID, UNDP, and FATA Secretariat Launch PKR 1.6 billion ($15 million) FATA Economic Revitalization Program
Oct 31, 2017
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the FATA Secretariat inaugurated the FATA Economic Revitalization Program today at an event in Peshawar. Representatives from USAID and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed the PKR 1.6 billion (US$ 15 million) award for building sustainable livelihoods in three FATA agencies – South Waziristan, North Waziristan and Khyber –affected by insecurity and displacement.
Pakistan Launches Strategy to Improve Climate Finance Management, While New Report Highlights Climate Budget Allocations
Oct 16, 2017
As the world prepares for the United Nations climate change summit (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany next month – Pakistan has unveiled a strategy to align its climate action with its financial management systems. This aims to make existing responses to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change more effective, and positions the country to better engage in negotiations and resource mobilization at the international level.
Microsoft Pakistan collaborates with UNDP for youth-development
Oct 13, 2017
Microsoft Pakistan, a global leader in technology and innovation, has recently signed an MOU in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The primary objective of this partnership is to complement each other's efforts to benefit the youth of Pakistan as well as the broader community.
- Radio Programmes Oct 12, 2017
Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers
Oct 5, 2017
Today is World Teachers’ Day. On this day and every day, I am grateful to all teachers wherever they are, but especially to those in FATA who invest their time and energy in nurturing a knowledgeable generation full of hope and tolerance. They are role models for their students in spreading love, peace and a positive national identity. FATA’s teachers are tirelessly promoting learning and education for human development, peace and stability, often in challenging circumstances. Here and across Pakistan, they are essential to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, which affirms teacher’s empowerment as a priority in all education and development strategies.
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’.