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  • 29 Jul 2011
    Recovering with resilience: Pakistan floods one year on

    One year ago Pakistan was hit by unprecedented monsoon rains and floods. Across the country the scope and scale of the crisis was exceptional, affecting the lives of over 18 million people, washing away communities and livelihoods, and forcing millions to flee from their homes. The crisis took the lives of a confirmed 1,980 people and left an estimated 14 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

  • 26 Jul 2011
    UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador Aisam ul Haq announces US$10,000 donation for flood affectees

    United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) National Goodwill Ambassador for Early Recovery and international tennis star, Aisam ul Haq announced a donation of USD 10,000 for flood Early Recovery activities in Pakistan. The donation comes from the Haq Foundation and through funds contributed by the ATP World Tour USA - the professional regulatory body of the game of tennis

  • 13 Jul 2011
    International Conference spells out the agenda for sustainable and inclusive growth in Pakistan

    A two-day conference hosted by the Planning Commission and UNDP discusses how best to ensure sustained growth in Pakistan. The Conference brings together around 500 delegates including parliamentarians, international experts, federal and provincial policy makers, economists, development sector leaders, business community and officials from UN agencies from across Pakistan.

  • 13 Jul 2011
    UN agencies to partner on Early Recovery

    Three of the United Nations Agencies currently engaged in the rural aspects of the post-flood Early Recovery and manmade emergencies in Pakistan namely, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) envisaging joint implementation of projects valued at US$ 300 million in affected areas across the country. This is in the spirit of the OneUN agenda for Delivering as One. Pakistan is one of the original eight OneUN pilot countries. The agreement reconfirms the ideals that it is better to work together, sharing relative strengths. The agreement is expected to improve UN ability to support Government leadership in a more coordinated and effective manner.

  • 22 Jun 2011
    Women Vocational Training Centre set up through UNDP Goodwill Ambassador’s Contribution

    The first batch of 25 students have received certificates from the Noor Konno Vocational Centre for Women in Haripur where they have acquired skills in sewing and dressmaking. The Vocational Centre aims to help thousands of vulnerable and women of the area in acquiring livelihood skills and become productive members of the society.

  • 17 Jun 2011
    EU donates 40 million Euros for rehabilitation of Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas

    The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement on the EU’s contribution of 40 million Euros in support to the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) Programme in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • 04 May 2011
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia provides US$ 5.39 million to support Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided US$ 5,397,300 to the United Nations Development Programme to support the agency relief efforts for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Pakistan.

  • 13 Apr 2011
    Government and humanitarian community unveil early recovery plan

    As Pakistan’s response to the floods of July 2010 moves from relief to early recovery, the focus of assistance will be towards rebuilding livelihoods, rehabilitating basic and critical physical infrastructure, restoring health, education and water and sanitation services while targeting the most vulnerable and marginalized across the flood-affected districts. Approximately 20 million people and an area of 100,000 sq km was adversely affected with 1.6 million houses damaged/destroyed in last year’s floods.

  • 05 Apr 2011
    European Union contributes 15 million Euros for recovery efforts in Pakistan

    The European Union (EU) has contributed 15 million Euro (US$ 21.2 million approx.) to support the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) early recovery work in Pakistan following the floods that devastated large parts of the country. UNDP’s Early Recovery Programme aims at restoring livelihoods through job creation, repairing basic community infrastructure and strengthening local government offices to get public services running again.

  • 06 Jan 2011
    UNDP helps Pakistan's flood affected plant seeds for new livelihoods

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is distributing packages of seeds and fertilizer to about 10,000 Pakistani farmers whose lands and equipment were destroyed by floods that swept across the country in 2010.