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  • The Government of Japan and UNDP sign agreement to help strengthen Pakistan’s electoral processes Nov 22, 2017

    Islamabad, 22 November 2017 – His Excellency, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Takashi Kurai, and the Country Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan, Ignacio Artaza, today signed an agreement to provide US$ 5.9 million over three years (2017–2020) to support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), and to further strengthen its capacity to hold elections. This project will build upon UNDP’s longstanding commitment to develop the capacity of key democratic institutions including provincial and national assemblies and the ECP itself.

  • On World Tsunami Day, highly vulnerable Karachi schools conduct evacuation drills Nov 7, 2017

    Students, government officials, civil society organizations and UN agencies came together today to commemorate World Tsunami Day (officially celebrated on 5 November) by holding a tsunami school evacuation drill and cleaning the shoreline near their settlements. Supported by a regional United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project to improve preparedness for tsunamis in 18 countries, this is part of five school-based awareness trainings and evacuations in Karachi’s vulnerable coastal areas.

  • USAID, UNDP, and FATA Secretariat Launch PKR 1.6 billion ($15 million) FATA Economic Revitalization Program Oct 31, 2017

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the FATA Secretariat inaugurated the FATA Economic Revitalization Program today at an event in Peshawar. Representatives from USAID and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed the PKR 1.6 billion (US$ 15 million) award for building sustainable livelihoods in three FATA agencies – South Waziristan, North Waziristan and Khyber –affected by insecurity and displacement.

  • Pakistan Launches Strategy to Improve Climate Finance Management, While New Report Highlights Climate Budget Allocations Oct 16, 2017

    As the world prepares for the United Nations climate change summit (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany next month – Pakistan has unveiled a strategy to align its climate action with its financial management systems. This aims to make existing responses to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change more effective, and positions the country to better engage in negotiations and resource mobilization at the international level.

  • Microsoft Pakistan collaborates with UNDP for youth-development Oct 13, 2017

    Microsoft Pakistan, a global leader in technology and innovation, has recently signed an MOU in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The primary objective of this partnership is to complement each other's efforts to benefit the youth of Pakistan as well as the broader community.

  • Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers Oct 5, 2017

    Today is World Teachers’ Day. On this day and every day, I am grateful to all teachers wherever they are, but especially to those in FATA who invest their time and energy in nurturing a knowledgeable generation full of hope and tolerance. They are role models for their students in spreading love, peace and a positive national identity. FATA’s teachers are tirelessly promoting learning and education for human development, peace and stability, often in challenging circumstances. Here and across Pakistan, they are essential to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, which affirms teacher’s empowerment as a priority in all education and development strategies.

  • UNDP & NBP sign MOU & form Partnership for PMYBL Scheme Aug 30, 2017

    Islamabad, 30 August 2017 – The young Pakistanis aged 21–45 who have participated in vocational and business training provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will receive access to affordable credit to develop small businesses from National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). The facility will be provided as part of the Prime Ministers Youth Business Loan Scheme (PMYBL). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today between UNDP and NBP to increase awareness and access to finance to youth under PMYBL Scheme. The signing ceremony took place at the office of UNDP in Islamabad. MOU was signed by Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator Humanitarian Coordinator for UNDP, and Mr. Saeed Ahmad, President & CEO on behalf of National Bank of Pakistan.

  • UNDP and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors Support Journalists in Pakistan to Improve Climate Finance Reporting Jul 24, 2017

    A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative - Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance programme - and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) have held workshops in Karachi and Lahore to intensively build media skills on reporting on climate change and climate finance in Pakistan. At the workshops, a CPNE and UNDP handbook, Climate Smart Reporting: A Handbook for Journalists, was also launched.

  • UNDP and the Government of KP reiterate commitment to peaceful sustainable development Jun 14, 2017

    Peshawar, 14 June 2017 – Mr Haoliang Xu, the UN Assistant Secretary General and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific met key officials of the Government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), including Mr Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister of KP, and Mr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Governor of KP, to reiterate support for community resilience, rule of law, sustainable return and rehabilitation of FATA’s temporarily displaced people, employment, youth engagement and economic development in order to achieve peaceful sustainable development in KP and FATA.

  • Training for persons with disabilities in the garment sector to increase their employability Apr 5, 2017

    In partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Youth Employment Project (YEP) and Soorty Enterprises are working with NOWPDP (disability inclusion initiative) to provide vocational training to youth with speech and hearing impairments. The purpose is to develop the skills of persons with disabilities to increase their access to job opportunities. Today, they were awarded certificates for their completion of trainings in garment manufacturing quality control. Interviews were conducted with prospective employers like Soorty Enterprises, one of the largest denim manufacturers in Pakistan.

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