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  • Mountain and Markets: Ministry, Experts at Ethnobotanical Seminar Highlight Need for Sustainable Harvesting of Pakistan’s Biodiversity Products Dec 29, 2016

    A national seminar on ethno-botany was organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in Islamabad today, where experts highlighted the importance of the rich flora found in Pakistan’s northern region, and underscored the need for ensuring a sustainable use of biodiversity products, including herbs and plants, used often for the benefit of humans.

  • FTRP review board meeting Dec 15, 2016

    On 15 December, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomed national and international partners to the first project review board meeting for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP). Co-chaired by Mr. Igancio Artaza, Country Director, UNDP and Dr. Syed Ata ur Rehman, Secretary, Law and Order, FATA Secretariat, the meeting’s purpose was to assess FTRP progress and determine strategic avenues for moving forward.

  • Inauguration of model police station in Khawazakhela, Swat Nov 30, 2016

    Model police station (MPS), Khawazakhela, Swat was inaugurated today by Mian Muhammad Asif, Additional Inspector General of police and Mr. Amir Goraya, Assistant Country Director, DGU, UNDP Pakistan.

  • Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia Oct 26, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) opened a two-day meeting on aid ahead of the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. More than 100 government delegates and development experts are exploring how to design integrated national financing frameworks for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia-Pacific.

  • UNDP Opens SDG Knowledge Exchange in Bangkok Oct 24, 2016

    More than 150 delegates and development experts from 36 countries in Asia and the Pacific convened today in Bangkok to share expertise and ideas on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national plans and budgets. “This Knowledge Exchange is a platform for sharing experiences that will allow us to accelerate SDG implementation,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “Our goal is to turn the 2030 Agenda vision into actions on the ground as soon as possible.”

  • UNDP appoints new Country Director for Pakistan Oct 20, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan is pleased to announce the appointment and arrival of its new Country Director, Mr. Ignacio Artaza. Mr. Artaza has spent his professional career working in international development. Prior to his assignment in Pakistan, he served as Country Director of UNDP in Egypt, a position he has held since 2013. In this capacity, he oversaw the design and implementation of job creation for youth and women empowerment initiatives, as well as capacity building for administrative reforms and a vast climate change and biodiversity programme.

  • Sindh's consultative meeting on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Sep 28, 2016

    The second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting was held in Karachi on 28 September 2016. Ms. Rehana Ali Memon, Secretary, Planning and Development, Government of Sindh served as chief guest. Other participants included Mr. Mehfooz Qazi, Director, Energy Alternatives at the Sindh Energy Department, Syed Akhtar, Member, Energy, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms (MPDR) and Mr. Usman Manzoor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan.

  • UNDP Pakistan launches the Suppliers Development Programme to support SMEs in Balochistan Sep 28, 2016

    he United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan and the Government of Balochistan launched the Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) in Quetta today. The overall objective is to improve stability in the province and promote economic development by providing technical assistance and support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in setting up and expanding their businesses.

  • Pakistan and China share expertise on climate change fiscal management Sep 9, 2016

    Officials from Pakistan’s Ministries of Finance and Climate Change, the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), and members of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences (CAFS) today concluded four days of discussions in Islamabad and Lahore. These talks, facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development, provided a unique opportunity for better understanding of how budgeting and financial management can be improved in view of the increasing impacts of climate change in both countries.

  • UNDP Pakistan signs partnership with SMEDA to help at-risk youth run their own businesses Sep 8, 2016

    The Youth Employment Project at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan signed a partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) to provide entrepreneurial skills training to youth in the neighbourhoods of Lyari, Korangi and Sultanabad in Karachi. These youth do not usually possess the skills to earn livelihoods given their limited education and means. UNDP is therefore providing garment manufacturing skills to help them find work in garment-related trades, although the majority of young women and men continue to struggle to find employment. SMEDA and UNDP are responding to this challenge by helping young people become self-employed.