Islamabad conference declares: improve access to justice through community-based paralegal servicesJul 26, 2016Government officials, paralegals, and international and national representatives came together today to issue the Islamabad Declaration on Community Based Paralegals, affirming the important role that paralegals play in resolving conflicts within communities. This declaration came at the end of a major conference in Islamabad co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Rural Support Programmes Network.
Pakistan’s new poverty index reveals that 4 out of 10 Pakistanis live in multidimensional povertyJun 20, 2016Pakistan’s first ever official report on multidimensional poverty was today launched by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. The report details Pakistan’s official Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) which was earlier published in the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015–2016. The report has been compiled with technical support from UNDP Pakistan and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.
Pakistan held its first National Steering Committee meeting for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL)May 16, 2016SE4ALL is the global initiative of United Nations, which is underpinned by its three main goals: universal access to energy, doubling the rate of energy efficiency and conservation and doubling the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix. Pakistan has become one of the 120 countries that have pledged to fulfill these goals by 2030, by addressing the nexus between energy and health, women, food, water and other development issues are at the core of every country’s development agenda.
UNDP: Fastest Population Shift in History Means Make or Break for Asia-PacificApr 26, 2016Long-term planning now can bring unprecedented growth and tackle poverty, conflict and migration
- Poverty is multidimensional, encompassing not only monetary deprivation but also the inaccessibility of healthcare, education and other amenities for all communities across Pakistan. The Multidimensional Poverty Index indicates that nearly 39% of Pakistan’s population are poor, while the average intensity of deprivation - which reflects the share of deprivation which each poor person experiences on average - is 50.9%. Stark regional disparities exist in poverty across Pakistan. The proportion of people identified as multidimensionally poor in urban areas is significantly lower than in rural areas, which stand at 9.4% and 54.6%, respectively. Furthermore, heterogeneities were found when looking at results at the provincial level. In 2014/15, MPI headcount ratios ranged from 31.4% in Punjab, to 71.2% in Balochistan. Pakistan’s MPI establishes baseline not only for the Government’s Vision 2025, but also for progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs, and complements the consumption-based poverty estimates recently released by the Government of Pakistan. United Nations Development Programme - UNDP Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform For a detailed description of these results and disaggregates see: http://bit.ly/1Oy3kiB 16 hours ago
- With more than 31% of Pakistanis aged between 15 and 29 years, the Youth Development Programme is UNDP Pakistan’s initiative to provide the youth with an accommodating environment to acquire useful skills. This programme has achieved a milestone by empowering young men and women to enhance sustainable development at the local level. Empowering youth, especially women through development of technical, IT, multimedia and home economics related skills gives them an opportunity to contribute to their household income. Mr. Vineet Bhatia, Chief, Country Office Support and Quality Assurance, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific recently visited Artistic Milliners in Karachi which currently employs nearly 17000 employees. He also visited Memon Industrial & Technical Institute where over 500 trainees have been trained under the programme. Read details on UNDP’s Youth Development Programme here: http://bit.ly/29ZRqzt 22 hours ago
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