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  • 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.

  • UNDP and Italian Embassy sign agreement for the Mountain Protected Areas Project Mar 29, 2017

    The Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with EvK2CNR signed a memorandum of understanding in a ceremony at the Ramada Hotel today, agreeing to work on a project titled “Improvement of the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) Management System as a Model for Mountain Ecosystems in Northern Pakistan”. The project will also cover the Deosai National Park.

  • UNDP publication launch - Beyond Preparedness: Development Impact of Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Pakistan Mar 28, 2017

    There have been an increasing number of community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) initiatives in Pakistan since the 2005 earthquake. Actors adopted various approaches that all yielded different results, depending on the tools and methodologies used. Many of the approaches emphasize particular types of vulnerable groups, e.g., women, and specific geographical areas i.e. rural areas over urban areas.

  • UNDP conducts roundtable discussion on private sector involvement in disaster risk reduction Mar 22, 2017

    As 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 a growing understanding that building resilience requires participation from all members of society, including individuals, private and public organizations, civil society and government.

  • Localizing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Pakistan: Moving towards a more resilient Pakistan Feb 28, 2017

    28 February 2017, Islamabad—Effective implementation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) plans and better preparedness are crucial for saving the lives and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people across Pakistan. In line with international commitments and frameworks, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), national-level policies should incorporate local situations while catering to the needs of people vulnerable to hazards and disasters.

  • USAID and UNDP Partner Up to Provide Employment Training to Karachi’s Vulnerable Youth Feb 21, 2017

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an awards ceremony today for 200 young women and men trained under the joint Youth Employment Project. The project provides training and job opportunities in the garment industry to young women and men from conflictridden and marginalized areas of Karachi. To date, the project has trained over 7,000 people in garment-manufacturing skills and provided job opportunities to more than 4,000 youth.

  • UNDP and the University of Durham sign north-south collaboration MoU Jan 31, 2017

    January 2017, Islamabad—Building on its efforts to institutionalize informed decision-making in development practices, UNDP signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Durham, UK. The University has achieved excellence in research on issues dealing with development and has dedicated departments involved in identifying practically oriented, innovative, and ambitious approaches to improving the human condition. The MoU provides a framework for both partners to pursue convergent development and academic goals in Pakistan. In this regard, the areas of cooperation aim at accelerating progress towards the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 16 which calls for promoting ‘just, peaceful, and inclusive societies’.

  • Mountains 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.