Press releases

  • Localizing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Pakistan: Moving towards a more resilient Pakistan Feb 28, 2017

    28 February 2017, Islamabad—Effective implementation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) plans and better preparedness are crucial for saving the lives and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people across Pakistan. In line with international commitments and frameworks, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), national-level policies should incorporate local situations while catering to the needs of people vulnerable to hazards and disasters.

  • UNDP and the University of Durham sign north-south collaboration MoU Jan 31, 2017

    January 2017, Islamabad—Building on its efforts to institutionalize informed decision-making in development practices, UNDP signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Durham, UK. The University has achieved excellence in research on issues dealing with development and has dedicated departments involved in identifying practically oriented, innovative, and ambitious approaches to improving the human condition. The MoU provides a framework for both partners to pursue convergent development and academic goals in Pakistan. In this regard, the areas of cooperation aim at accelerating progress towards the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 16 which calls for promoting ‘just, peaceful, and inclusive societies’.

  • Mountain and Markets: Ministry, Experts at Ethnobotanical Seminar Highlight Need for Sustainable Harvesting of Pakistan’s Biodiversity Products Dec 29, 2016

    A national seminar on ethno-botany was organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in Islamabad today, where experts highlighted the importance of the rich flora found in Pakistan’s northern region, and underscored the need for ensuring a sustainable use of biodiversity products, including herbs and plants, used often for the benefit of humans.

  • FTRP review board meeting Dec 15, 2016

    On 15 December, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomed national and international partners to the first project review board meeting for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP). Co-chaired by Mr. Igancio Artaza, Country Director, UNDP and Dr. Syed Ata ur Rehman, Secretary, Law and Order, FATA Secretariat, the meeting’s purpose was to assess FTRP progress and determine strategic avenues for moving forward.

  • Inauguration of model police station in Khawazakhela, Swat Nov 30, 2016

    Model police station (MPS), Khawazakhela, Swat was inaugurated today by Mian Muhammad Asif, Additional Inspector General of police and Mr. Amir Goraya, Assistant Country Director, DGU, UNDP Pakistan.

  • Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia Oct 26, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) opened a two-day meeting on aid ahead of the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. More than 100 government delegates and development experts are exploring how to design integrated national financing frameworks for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia-Pacific.

  • UNDP Opens SDG Knowledge Exchange in Bangkok Oct 24, 2016

    More than 150 delegates and development experts from 36 countries in Asia and the Pacific convened today in Bangkok to share expertise and ideas on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national plans and budgets. “This Knowledge Exchange is a platform for sharing experiences that will allow us to accelerate SDG implementation,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “Our goal is to turn the 2030 Agenda vision into actions on the ground as soon as possible.”

  • UNDP appoints new Country Director for Pakistan Oct 20, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan is pleased to announce the appointment and arrival of its new Country Director, Mr. Ignacio Artaza. Mr. Artaza has spent his professional career working in international development. Prior to his assignment in Pakistan, he served as Country Director of UNDP in Egypt, a position he has held since 2013. In this capacity, he oversaw the design and implementation of job creation for youth and women empowerment initiatives, as well as capacity building for administrative reforms and a vast climate change and biodiversity programme.

  • Sindh's consultative meeting on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Sep 28, 2016

    The second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting was held in Karachi on 28 September 2016. Ms. Rehana Ali Memon, Secretary, Planning and Development, Government of Sindh served as chief guest. Other participants included Mr. Mehfooz Qazi, Director, Energy Alternatives at the Sindh Energy Department, Syed Akhtar, Member, Energy, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms (MPDR) and Mr. Usman Manzoor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan.

  • UNDP Pakistan launches the Suppliers Development Programme to support SMEs in Balochistan Sep 28, 2016

    he United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan and the Government of Balochistan launched the Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) in Quetta today. The overall objective is to improve stability in the province and promote economic development by providing technical assistance and support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in setting up and expanding their businesses.