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.
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.
USAID and UNDP Partner Up to Provide Employment Training to Karachi’s Vulnerable Youth
Feb 21, 2017
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an awards ceremony today for 200 young women and men trained under the joint Youth Employment Project. The project provides training and job opportunities in the garment industry to young women and men from conflictridden and marginalized areas of Karachi. To date, the project has trained over 7,000 people in garment-manufacturing skills and provided job opportunities to more than 4,000 youth.
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.
Mountains 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.