Piloting private sector investment to protect KP communities against disasterAug 24, 2016As 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 growing understanding that building resilience requires participation from all members of society, including individuals, private and public organizations, civil society and government.
New prospects for growth and learning for small businesses in Balochistan and KPJul 28, 2016Inclusive markets are a way of building vibrant economies in which the poor and marginalized groups, such as women and young people, participate actively in building a prosperous society. In 2003, UNDP created the Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) in Mexico to develop such markets. The successful initiative spread to other countries across Latin America, including El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti and Colombia. Now, Pakistan is the first country in Asia to replicate this initiative, guided by the SDP management team of El Salvador, in an important example of cooperation between countries of the Global South.
A way forward for climate change financingJul 18, 2016During the summer of 2015, two natural disasters struck at opposite ends of Pakistan. In Karachi, a massive heatwave, with temperatures exceeding 44 degrees, took more than 1,200 lives. In Chitral, several valleys were hit by sudden glacial lake outburst floods which washed away roads, crops and homes. As climate change takes grip across the world, such extreme events are becoming more common and more severe, with implications in every aspect of life, from agriculture to energy.
UNDP helps bring climate change into the Federal Budget for 2016–2017Jun 20, 2016Pakistan ranks 10th in the world in terms of long-term risks due to climate change. With its high rate of multidimensional poverty, and a large proportion of the population dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, it is essential that the effects of climate change be part of every aspect of policy and planning. Now, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, climate change has become an integral part of the national budget through its inclusion in the Budget in Brief.
Data for peace: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experts and policymakers explore open data in governance through the virtual platformJun 15, 2016In the last two years alone, the world has produced more data than in the previous 3,000 years. This vast amount of data needs to be efficiently digested if it is to be useful. At the same time, the incredible explosion of information is an unprecedented opportunity to harness the power of solid evidence in making better policies for peace and development, involving citizens in discussions on key issues, and making government more transparent.
With UNDP support, Peshawar mayor joins the regional conversation on innovative solutions to urban problemsJun 9, 2016On 9 June 2016, representatives from cities across Asia-Pacific came together in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in the UNDP-SMG Cities Innovation Exchange sessions organized as part of the International Urban Policy Forum for the SDGs. At this event, UNDP and the Seoul Metropolitan Government jointly launched a historic network for some of the region’s most dynamic cities: City-I-LEAPS, which is designed to help cities learn from each other, design and share innovations, and create vibrant urban environments.
- Ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires investment in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities and encourage hygiene at every level. Inaccessibility to Water and Sanitation is now being seen as a significant contributor to poverty according to the new Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index. In 2015, 10.5% of Pakistan’s population was deprived of water, while 27.1% did not have adequate access to sanitation facilities. Monetary poverty has declined in Pakistan, however, access to water and sanitation has remained a problem that must be prioritized. #WorldWaterWeek United Nations Development Programme - UNDP For Full Report See: http://bit.ly/1Oy3kiB 12 hours ago
- Sustainable Development Goals Support Unit was lauched in #Punjab with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. UNDP in its position as a partner to Government of the Punjab is committed to building capacities of all relevant Government institutions to help them implement SDGs and achieve established targets. 17 hours ago
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