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

    Islamabad, 2 March 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

    Islamabad, 26 February 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

    Islamabad, 19 February 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

    Islamabad, 19 February 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”.

  • UNDP partners with Ministry of Interior to organise a Panel Discussion on “Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Inclusive and Just Pakistan” Dec 5, 2017

    Islamabad, 5 December 2017 – Ministry of Interior and UNDP jointly organized a high-level panel discussion on “Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Inclusive and Just Pakistan”. The panel discussion provided a platform to bring together key stakeholders to share field experiences, institutional approaches and lessons learned.

  • 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.

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