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  • 29 Nov 2013
    Developing Conflict Analysis Tools in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan government

    UNDP in partnership with the United Nations System Staff College organized a capacity building workshop on ‘Conflict Analysis Tools’ from 28 to 29 November at the Marriott Hotel, Islamabad.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    Training workshop on Decentralised Governance and Peace Building

    Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Hiroshi Inomata has maintained that effective governance and community development is essential for peace and, based on this recognition, Japan has been collaborating with the UN agencies to promote socio-economic development in the region near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    14th Annual Research Conference on Pakistan Population: New Realities and Challenges for Human Development - Speech by Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan

    Pakistan is now the sixth largest population in the World growing at 1.9% a year, the equivalent of New Zeland every year or Australia every five. It will reach 270-350m by 2050. According to the latest Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey report; fertility rates stands at 3.8 considerably higher than the South Asian average. Despite a significant decrease Pakistan will unfortunately not meet the MDG target of 2.1 births per woman by the end of 2015.

  • 29 Oct 2013
    International development partners visit South Waziristan, FATA

    The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat and the United Nations jointly organized a mission of international development partners to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas today. The purpose of this visit was to provide international partners with the opportunity to interact with communities adversely affected by massive displacement due to insecurity, assess the situation in the crisis affected region, observe the restoration assistance efforts by the Government and UN partners and explore opportunities to further support the humanitarian assistance.

  • 02 Oct 2013
    Government of Balochistan and UNDP sign agreement for establishing Policy Support & Reform Unit

    Islamabad, 2 October 2013: An agreement was signed today between the Government of Balochistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to establish the Policy Support and Reform Unit in Balochistan. The agreement was signed today in Islamabad by Mr. Aslam Shakir Baloch, Additional Chief Secretary Balochistan and Mr. Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP in Pakistan. Chief Coordinator to the Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Ishaque Baloch also attended the meeting.

  • 27 Sep 2013
    The Government of Pakistan and UNDP jointly working towards achieving the MDGs

    Islamabad, 27 September 2013: With less than 900 days left to the deadline of 2015, the world is making a final push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the UN member states in September 2000. Despite various socio political changes, economic challenges, natural disasters and internal and external security issues, Pakistan has upheld its commitment to achieve the MDGs.

  • 25 Sep 2013
    International Conference on Participatory Federalism and Decentralization

    Participatory Federalism and Decentralization are becoming an increasingly decisive topic as the pillars of Pakistan’s democratic transition, especially against the backdrop of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. This Amendment was passed unanimously in both Houses of the parliament and is a rare example of political consensus in the country. There are 28 federal countries in the world today, which together represent 40 per cent of the world's population. They include some of the largest and most complex democracies - India, the US, Brazil, Pakistan, Germany and Mexico.

  • 24 Sep 2013
    Social Good Summit 2013

    The Social Good Summit opened today in Pakistan with the theme 2030 Now - how will the world look in 2030 and how can we shape it to improve the lives of those most in need? The capacity crowd heard panel discussions from a host of dynamic speakers including Ms. Saima Mohsin, CNN Correspondent, Mr. Umar Saif, Vice-Chancellor ITU & Chairman of the Punjab IT Board, Mr. Saad Hamid TEDx Curator Islamabad and Global Shaper at World Economic Forum, Mr. Abrar Mir, Executive Vice President and Group Head Branchless and Mr. Marc-André Franche Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan. The conversation was facilitated by Mr. Raza Rumi, Editor Friday Times and Executive Director, Justice Network.

  • 03 Sep 2013
    Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific: UN Development Chief

    New York, 3 September, 2013- Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 3 September 2013. A Chinese national, Mr. Xu has held various leadership positions in UNDP, most recently as Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

  • 01 Aug 2013
    Dialogue on Future of Federalism and Democratic Devolution

    the Centre for Civic Education in Pakistan (CCEP) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organized a dialogue with Pakistan’s mandate-bearing political parties on the Future of Federalism and Democratic Devolution in Pakistan. The aim of this exchange was to understand the perspectives of political parties on federalism and devolved governance following the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, and the monumental shift in the federal architecture of Pakistan brought about by it.

  • 27 Jul 2013
    For the First Time in Pakistan, Mobile Court Delivers Speedy Justice

    A Mobile Court was launched today by Mr. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Honorable Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court and Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP in Pakistan. The Mobile Court bus will provide justice rapidly for litigants who cannot afford to travel to courts in the cities.

  • 19 Jul 2013
    Beacon of hope for underprivileged girls across the world

    She has become a beacon of hope for underprivileged girls across the world. Malala Yousufzai, a young Pakistani girl, has become an advocate for educating all children and has defied the odds and death threats from the Taliban. Malala who now lives in the U.K., following attacks on her life in Pakistan, recently addressed the UN assembly. She urged world leaders to change their strategic policies in to address issues of peace and prosperity.

  • 08 Jul 2013
    Making Justice Accessible to All

    Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan, visited Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to review the activities for the project Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand. This project is assisting in promoting the rule of law through provision of support to the justice and security sectors in Malakand division. The activities are currently in place in seven districts of Malakand including upper and lower Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner and Chitral.

  • 27 Jun 2013
    EU event to extract lessons learned from Pakistan floods

    On 26 June, EU’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments organized the event The EU and Flood Recovery: Lessons Learnt for the Next Disaster in Pakistan in Brussels. Following the worst floods in Pakistan’s history in 2010, the complex needs of the affected population were addressed through various EU assistance measures.

  • 19 Jun 2013
    Launch of Sindh MDG Report - Speech by Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan

    Rising inequalities, across regions and gender, is one of the main development challenges not only for Sindh but for Pakistan and region. While poverty has reduced substantially across the globe – from 1.9 billion people living below the poverty line in 1990 to 1.3 billion people in 2008, income and wealth inequalities, access to productive assets, social outcomes and services remain widespread. Child death rates and stunting have been estimated 2 to 4 times higher for the lowest income quintiles when compared to the highest wealthiest quintiles.

  • 19 Jun 2013
    Government of Sindh and UNDP launch the Sindh Millennium Development Goals Report 2012

    The Government of Sindh and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the first Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report for Sindh in Karachi today. The Report tracks progress toward the achievement of MDGs at the provincial level and compare progress across districts.

  • 18 May 2013
    The Government of Japan contributes USD 2 million for electoral assistance to the Election Commission of Pakistan

    The Government of Japan and UNDP in Pakistan signed an agreement today to support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in carrying out the upcoming elections. The Government of Japan’s assistance, totaling $2 million, will allow the ECP to train its polling staff, improve the elections results management system and extend its voter education outreach. Over 426,000 polling staff will be trained with UNDP support between March and May this year.

  • 17 May 2013
    Saudi Fund for Development support community infrastructure rehabilitation in crisis affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has extended additional financial support to UNDP in Pakistan for US$ 1.3 million bringing its total contribution to US$ 6.7 million for community infrastructure restoration and rehabilitation in the crisis affected areas of district Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • 12 May 2013
    Secretary-General hails successful elections in Pakistan; first ever transfer of civilian Government

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Government and people of Pakistan on the successful conduct of national and provincial elections, hailing the polls, for which millions of voters turned out, as a major democratic step. “This is the first ever transition from one civilian Government to another and a significant step forward for democracy in the country,” the Secretary-General said of the 11 May elections, in a statement issued by his Spokesman.

  • 17 Apr 2013
    Dialogue on 18th Constitutional Amendment organized by the Higher Education Commission and the UNDP

    Islamabad - The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Inter-University Consortium for Social Sciences and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan organized a dialogue on 18th Constitutional Amendment today at Higher Education Commission in Islamabad. The purpose of the dialogue was two-fold; Firstly, to design an international conference on democracy, federalism and decentralization to be hosted in August, 2013, and to establish a tri-partite interface between academia, government officials and donors to discuss challenges and opportunities presented by the 18th Amendment.