Press releases
  • EU/UNDP Joint Statement On Allegations of Women Being Barred From Voting in KP local Government ElectionsMay 29, 201529 May, 2015, Islamabad: According to recent media reports, candidates, community elders and religious leaders in some constituencies are preventing women from voting in the local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which are scheduled to take place on Saturday 30 May.

  • The Government of Pakistan launches the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation StrategyApr 7, 2015The FATA Secretariat, with technical support from UNDP, has developed the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy, which aim to ensure the progressive and sustainable return of the entire TDP population to FATA. To encourage their safe, voluntary return, this comprehensive strategy aims to establish an enabling environment in TDPs’ areas of origin in FATA.

  • United Nations in Pakistan urges Government to reinstate moratorium on the death penaltyMar 19, 2015The United Nations in Pakistan expresses deep concern at the increasing number and pace of executions in the country since December 2014, and at the Government’s recent announcement that it has now withdrawn its moratorium on the death penalty for all cases, not only those related to terrorism. It has also been reported that among those executed there are persons who were minors when the offence was committed. According to some estimates, there are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row.

  • Japan contributes US$16.21 million to benefit families displaced from FATA and Afghan refugees in PakistanMar 17, 2015Islamabad, 17 March 2015: The Government of Japan today announced that it has disbursed US$16.21 million in total to UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Habitat (the UN Human Settlements Programme), UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) to support their efforts benefitting people who had fled their homes due to security operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.

  • UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Statement on International Women’s Day Mar 8, 2015This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which remains the world’s best blueprint for achieving gender equality and empowering women. The review of this visionary roadmap, adopted at the Fourth World Conference for Women in 1995, is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s progress toward ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls, and also to renew and reinvigorate commitments to achieve gender equality.

  • The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms and UNDP Collaborate to Promote Key Governance Reforms at Federal and Provincial levelsMar 4, 2015Islamabad, 4 March, 2015: The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms of Pakistan signed today an agreement for US$ 11.6 million with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support implementation of key governance reforms at federal and provincial levels. UNDP would contribute US$ 7 million whereas the Government of Pakistan's share is US$ 4.66 million.

  • USAID, AMAN TECH, UNDP PROVIDE VOCATIONAL TRAINING TO EMPOWER PAKISTANI YOUTHFeb 27, 2015The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), AmanTech, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to work together to improve access to and quality of vocational training.

  • By the Youth, For the Youth - UNDP prepares for the National Human Development Report on Pakistan’s youthFeb 26, 2015The report covers three drivers of youth empowerment – education, employment and engagement - with the objective to track the challenges faced by the young people in Pakistan and improve the policy landscape.

  • Message on international volunteer day - The Secretary-GeneralDec 5, 2014International Volunteer Day is a chance to thank the many individuals who act with this spirit of giving, and to encourage others to follow their example. When an earthquake destroys homes, volunteers prove that human solidarity is shatterproof. When looters aim for cultural property, volunteers safeguard community treasures. When development is lagging, volunteers help enable people to lift themselves out of poverty.

  • Message on international volunteer day - Helen ClarkDec 5, 2014At UNDP, we see the vital role which volunteerism plays in promoting development and peace around the world. In 2014, UN Volunteers (UNV), assigned as health and social workers, lawyers, teachers, climate change analysts, and other specialists, collaborated with UNDP on more than 1,300 projects.