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  • 13 May 2014
    National Consultation on Enhancing Women’s Participation in Politics – Making Quotas More Democratic

    “We can only have an optimistic future scenario if women are given meaningful participation in legislative process. The collective wisdom of women parliamentarians would go a long way in addressing the women related issues”, stated Ms. Shaista Malik, Secretary of the Women Parliamentary Caucus at a seminar, “Women’s Participation in Politics – Making Quota Seats more Democratic”, held today by the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and supported by UN Women and UNDP. She asked all political parties and politicians to join hands beyond political parties for the cause of empowering women.

  • 13 May 2014
    Women’s Representation in Parliament – The Issue of Quota Seats The second in a series of Policy Seminars on Women’s Empowerment Women’s Parliamentary Caucus with support from UNDP and UN Women

    Looking at the gender landscape in Pakistan today, in terms of political participation, urgent measures are needed to create a level playing field for women in the electoral process. As I am sure you will all agree, this lingering democratic deficit undermines the quality of Pakistan’s democracy.

  • 08 May 2014
    Better access to justice in KPK

    The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is taking welcome steps to strengthen the rule of law and various state institutions with the help of the UN and several foreign governments. A recent UN Development Programme press release highlights the various projects, which include establishing mobile courts for remote areas, refurbishing civil courts, conducting training programmes and workshops that support citizens’ access to justice. Concomitantly, scholarships for women lawyers to mitigate the gender divide in legal circles; training for judges, clerks, police officials to strengthen the judicial system; and information campaigns for the people about their legal rights are also being conducted.

  • 07 May 2014
    Enhancing the Role of Women in Political Parties The first in a series of Policy Seminars on Women’s Empowerment Women’s Parliamentary Caucus with support from UNDP and UN Women

    Here in Pakistan, the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus is making a significant contribution to diminishing the gender deficit. Through their vibrant advocacy initiatives several landmark pieces of legislation on women’s rights have been passed.

  • 06 May 2014
    Agents of change

    NATION-building processes cannot work and development goals cannot be achieved if women are denied meaningful political participation. To ensure this, Pakistan’s parliament introduced a 17pc gender quota in 2002 in all legislative houses.

  • 02 May 2014
    The secretary-General message on World Press Freedom Day, New York, 3 May 2014

    Each year on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental freedom to receive and impart information and ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • 24 Apr 2014
    International Development Partners visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to strengthen support for rule of law

    A joint mission of international development partners visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province today. The mission to Swat, Buner and Peshawar provided development partners with an opportunity to engage with the communities, senior government officials and judicial staff to better understand the challenges for rule of law and to explore further opportunities for promoting peace and justice in the province. This is aligned with KP Government’s Strategic Partnership Development Framework which spells out joint commitments between the Government and international partners in accordance with the province’s development strategy. Rule of law is one of the priority components of the frame work.

  • 18 Apr 2014
    New poverty measurement initiated in Pakistan

    A new poverty index for Pakistan based on the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) has been initiated with an agreement signed between the ministry of planning, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) on Thursday.

  • 18 Apr 2014
    Poverty index launched

    ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission launched on Thursday a multi-dimensional poverty index (MPI) for the first time in Pakistan based on global MPI methodology for calculating poverty on a regular basis. The index was launched following a 10-day training course on MPI which ended on Thursday at the Pakistan Planning and Management Institute.

  • 18 Apr 2014
    Govt to adopt UNDP poverty measure

    ISLAMABAD: The government has shifted its definition of poverty from calorie intake to a multidimensional index to get a accurate estimate of poverty figures, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in Islamabad on Thursday.

  • 18 Apr 2014
    UNDP congratulates Pakistan for MPI development

    Islamabad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has congratulated Federal and Provincial Governments for initiating development of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Pakistan.

  • 17 Apr 2014
    Pakistan’s first Multi-dimensional Poverty Index initiated by the Government, UNDP, and Oxford University

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) congratulates the Federal and Provincial Governments for initiating the development of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Pakistan. This marks the beginning of the process of regularly calculating a new poverty index in Pakistan based on the global MPI methodology.

  • 16 Apr 2014
    Bringing Innovation to Education

    Education is one of the priority areas for the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the MDG Framework. Under MDG 2, countries have committed to provide universal primary education to its people whereas MDG 3 asks for reducing gender disparities in education. As like most of the other MDGs, Pakistan will not be able to achieve MDG 2 and MDG 3 at the current pace of progress.

  • 26 Mar 2014
    The N-Peace Awards 2014: Pakistan joins the search for inspirational stories of peace in Asia

    The N-Peace Awards shine a light on the tireless and often unrecognized efforts of both women and men who work with communities across Asia to achieve lasting peace. In its fourth year, N-Peace is excited to announce that Pakistan is joining the N-Peace Awards for the first time!

  • 07 Mar 2014
    2014 International Women’s Day Statement-Helen Clark

    This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.

  • 24 Jan 2014
    Development Advocate Pakistan: New quarterly highlights development challenges and solutions

    Seeking the opportunity to share and foster robust national public discourse on development challenges and solutions in Pakistan and to provide a platform for Pakistani authorities, civil society and intelligentsia to exchange ideas on key development solution pathways in Pakistan, UNDP released its development magazine, The Development Advocate today.

  • 23 Jan 2014
    Strengthening Governance and Development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province UNDP will work on initiatives both at the institutional and community levels. The institutional support for the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa aims to bring long term changes in government rules, norms and structures - while the community development interventions aim to achieve immediate results in improving livelihoods and basic services for communities.

  • 23 Jan 2014
    Empowering communities to solve development problems in a participatory manner

    H.E Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Pakistan and Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) inaugurate the drinking water supply scheme in Village Chowki Drab in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

  • 22 Jan 2014
    The Government of Pakistan and UNDP launch the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

    The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform (MPDR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the fifth National MDG Report for Pakistan in Islamabad (MDGR). The report assesses progress towards achieving the MDGs, galvanising efforts for a final push for their achievement. The report records successes and challenges, and shares initial thoughts on the post-2015 development agenda for Pakistan. For the first time, this MDGR includes a review of sub-national and district level status and trends. UNDP Pakistan is also launching an Internet MDG monitor to make up-to-date information on the country’s MDG progress more widely available at

  • 06 Dec 2013
    To increase community resilience in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, FATA Disaster Management Authority and UNDP establish consortium of local civil society organizations

    Due to insecurity, large-scale displacement of populations throughout FATA has led to millions of people at one time or another living in camps and spontaneous settlements. As of September 2013, 169,517 families have returned to their places of origin while 175,552 families are still living in camps or host communities. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) is helping to increase the resilience of the local communities and ensuring the sustainable return of crisis affected people to their homes.