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’.
Without sustainable land management, Pakistan faces major risks from desertification
Jul 21, 2017
Millions of Pakistanis depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. With almost 80 percent of the country’s area consisting of arid or semi-arid land, however, much of Pakistan’s agricultural land is vulnerable to desertification - the process by which arable land becomes desert due to drought, deforestation, inappropriate agricultural practices, the effects of climate change, or a combination of all of these. As Pakistan’s population grows and the effects of climate change take hold, desertification has become a major source of concern for the country’s fragile ecosystem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before the flood
Nov 4, 2016
The Ministry of Climate Change and provincial governments are planning to establish early-warning systems and implement small-scale infrastructure projects in 12 vulnerable districts of KP and GB. This initiative is being funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—a mechanism designed to help developing countries adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change—and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project will also help ensure that decision-makers possess the technical skills and knowledge required to integrate climate change and disaster management into medium- and long-term development planning.
FATA youth receive business development grants
Oct 26, 2016
The Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, distributed the first tranche of business development grants to 30 trained young persons in a ceremony at the FATA Development Authority (FATA-DA) in Peshawar on 26 October 2016. Attendees included the Additional Chief Secretary of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), FATA-DA programme trainees, community elders, government officials, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officials and representatives from various national and international organizations.