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  • The Government of Pakistan and the United Nations in Pakistan sign the UN Sustainable Development Framework Apr 11, 2018

    The Government of Pakistan and the United Nations in Pakistan signed the UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF), also known as the One Programme III (OP III) 2018-2022 in a ceremony held in the Economic Affairs Division, Islamabad. Secretary EAD and United Nations Resident Coordinator signed the document along-with other UN agencies working in Pakistan.

  • UNDP, the Government of Pakistan and Accountability Lab Launch Sustainable Development Goal 16 Innovation Challenge Apr 5, 2018

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of Pakistan- through the Young Peace and Development Corps (YPDC) and the Accountability Lab Pakistan today launched the country’s first Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 16 Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge is a month-long competition through which young Pakistanis can submit creative ideas related to issues of peace, justice, and accountability. Twenty finalists will be selected from around the country for a two-day workshop in Islamabad to develop and pitch their ideas, after which winners will be supported by UNDP and the Accountability Lab Pakistan.

  • US$ 2.5 million project launched for the continuation of education in South Waziristan and Kurram Agencies Mar 28, 2018

    The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has approved the allocation of US$ 2.5 million for the continuation of the children’s education in the areas of return in South Waziristan (Serwakai, Sararogha and Tiarza tehsils) and Kurram (Lower, Central and Upper tehsils) agencies of FATA, Pakistan.

  • New research shows major efforts are required to enhance women’s representation in Pakistan’s civil service Mar 1, 2018

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) jointly released a study of women’s representation and access to decision-making roles in the civil service under UNDP’s global Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) initiative at a launch event today. The study found that societal barriers remain to women’s representation and advancement in the civil service. The recommendations of the study will support the Government of Pakistan and its development partners to develop evidence-based programming to address barriers to gender equality in public administration.

  • Mountaineer Samina Baig is UNDP’s National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan Feb 26, 2018

    Renowned mountaineer Samina Baig was appointed the National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today. The first Pakistani woman to have climbed Mount Everest, Ms Baig will lead efforts to build national awareness and partnerships around the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to climate change, environmental protection and women’s empowerment.

  • Paradigm shift in growth policy as research shows economic inequality is harmful for sustainable growth Feb 19, 2018

    A report titled “Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Analytical Basis and Policy Framework” was launched today by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report, authored by eminent Pakistani economist Dr Akmal Hussain, overturns long-standing beliefs to show that economic inequality is harmful for long-term sustainable growth. The report’s findings will be instrumental in shaping policy directions in the coming years.

  • The Government of Japan and UNDP partner to support over 20,000 youth with skills training and employment opportunities Feb 19, 2018

    The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement to launch a US$3.9 million initiative aiming to empower more than 20,000 youth in Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces. This initiative will help improve employment prospects and promote social cohesion through positive interactions amongst young people in deprived communities, helping them participate actively in the socioeconomic development of Pakistan.

  • The People’s Republic of China and UNDP Pakistan sign US$4 million agreement to support crisis-affected areas of FATA and Balochistan Feb 2, 2018

    Islamabad, 02 February 2018 — In a unique example of south-south collaboration, the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan have signed a US$4 million agreement to provide assistance over four months in areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan that have been affected by natural and human-made crises.

  • UNDP enters new partnerships supporting innovative means of increasing accountability Dec 12, 2017

    Islamabad, 12 December 2017 – To mark Anti-Corruption Day celebrated on 9 December, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan initiated two new agreements to develop innovative solutions to end corruption and increase accountability. The agreements were signed by the Country Director, Ignacio Artaza, representing UNDP Pakistan, and Fayyaz Yasin of Accountability Lab and Syed Raza Ali of the Peace and Justice Network, respectively.

  • Students celebrate northern Pakistan’s unique biodiversity and cultures on International Mountain Day Dec 11, 2017

    11 December 2017, Islamabad—International Mountain Day was celebrated today at an event organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan, with cultural performances, film screenings and talks about Pakistan’s mountain communities and held at the Pakistan National Council of Arts. The celebration was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency Stefano Pontecorvo, under the theme “Mountains under Pressure: Climate, Hunger, and Migration”.

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