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  • 17 Apr 2013
    Dialogue on 18th Constitutional Amendment organized by the Higher Education Commission and the UNDP

    Islamabad - The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Inter-University Consortium for Social Sciences and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan organized a dialogue on 18th Constitutional Amendment today at Higher Education Commission in Islamabad. The purpose of the dialogue was two-fold; Firstly, to design an international conference on democracy, federalism and decentralization to be hosted in August, 2013, and to establish a tri-partite interface between academia, government officials and donors to discuss challenges and opportunities presented by the 18th Amendment.

  • 29 Mar 2013
    UNDP supports new initiatives at polling stations

    The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is preparing to train polling staff for the May 11 general elections with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). At the launch of its training program for master trainers, the ECP demonstrated the polling process which includes several new initiatives taken to increase transparency and public confidence in the elections.

  • 28 Mar 2013
    UNDP in Pakistan Launches the Human Development Report 2013

    The Human Development Report (HDR) 2013 The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World was launched today in Islamabad by the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) in Pakistan.

  • 19 Mar 2013
    Inauguration of Tehsil Dar Office in Pabbi, Nowshera by the European Union and UNDP

    The Tehsil Dar Office in Pabbi, district Nowshera was inaugurated today by His Excellency Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of the European Union. For recovery and restoration of communities in flood-affected districts across the country, UNDP and the Government of Pakistan launched a US$90 million Early Recovery Programme (ERP). The European Union contributed US$20 million to this programme. The programme worked in 4,000 villages across the country benefiting more than 5.5 million people in 29 most-affected districts, adopting an area-based development approach to early recovery with a special focus on women. This programme is among the largest early recovery and restoration programme carried out by UNDP.

  • 13 Mar 2013
    UNDP hands over Voter Education Kits to the Election Commission of Pakistan

    UNDP in Pakistan handed over the first set of voter education materials to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today in preparation for the upcoming general elections. Voter education kits including stickers, posters, t-shirts, caps, pens and badges have been sent to the provincial, regional and district field offices of the ECP to support them in their significant work of reaching out to voters.

  • 11 Mar 2013
    The United Nations Strongly Condemns Attacks on Minorities in Pakistan

    The UN firmly condemns the on-going violence in the country, particularly the recent tragic events in Quetta, Karachi and this past weekend in Lahore, targeting especially religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan. The United Nations system in Pakistan joins the Secretary-General to convey heartfelt condolences to the families of all the victims and to the people of Pakistan.

  • 04 Mar 2013
    Training of more than 360,000 Polling Staff commences in Punjab

    The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) launched its training programme for over 600,000 polling staff in Lahore today in preparation for the upcoming general elections. Over 360,000 polling staff will be trained in Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) supported by the UNDP. Training in the other provinces will be supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

  • 26 Feb 2013
    Launch of the National Climate Change Policy

    The National Climate Change policy was launched today by the Government of Pakistan. The policy provides a framework to address the issues Pakistan faces vis-à-vis the phenomenon of climate change. It lays down policy measures for mitigation as well as adaptation for sectors including energy, transport, agriculture and livestock, industries, forestry, water resources, biodiversity, ecosystems with cross cutting themes of disaster risk reduction, human security and gender. It was developed by the Ministry of Climate Change with a wide range of stakeholders and the support of the One UN Joint Programme on Environment supported by UNDP.

  • 21 Jan 2013
    New UNDP Country Director for Pakistan

    UNDP in Pakistan is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Country Director, Mr. Marc-André Franche. Mr. Franche has spent his professional career working in international development. Prior to his assignment in Pakistan, he was the Deputy Director of UNDP in Haiti, a position he held since 2008. In this capacity, he oversaw an extensive portfolio of projects addressing governance, rule of law reform, improvement of livelihoods and environmental protection. The main focus of UNDP’s programme in Haiti is recovery and reconstruction following the January 2010 earthquake.

  • 17 Dec 2012
    A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Federal Judicial Academy, UNDP and UNOPS

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) organized by the Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) programme. The Honorable Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Nasir ul Mulk was the chief guest. The event was attended by senior judges from the superior courts, UN officials and media.

  • 11 Dec 2012
    More top footballers to join UNDP's 10th annual Match Against Poverty

    Geneva - UNDP today announced the addition of more world-renowned footballers – including Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, Djalma Feitosa Dia of Brazil, Fernando Hierro of Spain and Fernando Couto of Portugal – to the already star-studded team which will play in UNDP’s 10th Annual Match Against Poverty.

  • 05 Dec 2012
    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY

    As we celebrate the impact of volunteers on our world, let us remember the many places they are needed: in war zones and classrooms, in hospitals and homes – wherever struggling people seek a helping hand. The timeless act of volunteering in the service of others has taken on new dimensions in today’s digital age. Anyone with an Internet connection or a mobile phone can make a difference.

  • 29 Nov 2012
    Saudi Fund for Development inaugurates a link road in Swat district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in partnership with UNDP

    A three member delegation from the Saudi Fund for Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, inaugurated a link road in Village Kot, Tehsil Charbagh, Swat. The sites visited included a link road in village Kot and some community infrastructure schemes in village Jamalabad, Tehsil Chrarbagh, District Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • 29 Nov 2012
    UNDP opens data on over 6,000 projects in transparency drive

    UNDP today launched a new online portal allowing open, comprehensive public access to data on UNDP's work in 177 countries and territories, fulfilling a commitment to full transparency by 2013 above and beyond international standards.

  • 23 Oct 2012
    Legal Empowerment of the Poor Programme Launches Research Report ‘Voices of the Unheard’

    The Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) programme launched the research report titled ‘Voices of the Unheard’ at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad.The report focuses on demand and supply analysis of service delivery structures and policies related to the rule of law based on extensive primary data collection.

  • 09 Oct 2012
    The Netherlands Government contributes USD 2 million for Strengthening of the Rule of Law Programme in Malakand, KP

    The Netherlands Government and UNDP signed an agreement today regarding the Netherlands’ contribution of USD 2 million in support of the “Strengthening Rule of Law” Programme in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The first preparatory phase was financed by UNDP. For this second phase the Government of Netherlands has allocated a budget of USD 2 million.

  • 24 Sep 2012
    Social Good Summit in NYC Goes Global

    THe Social Good Summit in the U.S. will be taking place in New York City September 22nd to 24th at the 92Y, just ahead of the opening of the General Debate of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, where world leaders will convene to tackle major global issues.

  • 18 Sep 2012
    Government of Pakistan and UNDP host National Seminar on Rio+20 and beyond

    The Government of Pakistan in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a national seminar on Rio+20 and beyond. This seminar was held to discuss Pakistan and the Rio+20 Negotiations Processes, Outcomes of Rio+20, Sustainable Development in Pakistan and Looking Forward Post Rio+20 and 2015.

  • 07 Sep 2012
    Government of Punjab and UNDP launch Punjab Millennium Development Goals Report

    The Planning and Development Department Government of Punjab in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Punjab Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report 2011. This is the first ever report prepared by a UN agency and tracks progress against various MDGs in the province.

  • 27 Jun 2012
    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador visits Thatta, Sindh

    United Nations Development Programme’s National Goodwill Ambassador, Hadiqa Kiani visited communities of district Thatta of Sindh Province and interacted with village women, children, elders and other beneficiaries of UNDP support in restoring their socio-economic conditions with enhanced sustainability and disaster-resilience.

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