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  • 07 Apr 2015
    The Government of Pakistan launches the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy

    The 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.

  • 19 Mar 2015
    United Nations in Pakistan urges Government to reinstate moratorium on the death penalty

    The 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and pace of executions in the country since December 2014, and at the Government’s recent announcement that it has now withdrawn its moratorium on the death penalty for all cases, not only those related to terrorism.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.

  • 17 Mar 2015
    Japan contributes US$16.21 million to benefit families displaced from FATA and Afghan refugees in Pakistan

    Islamabad, 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.

  • 08 Mar 2015
    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Statement on International Women’s Day

    This 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.

  • 04 Mar 2015
    The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms and UNDP Collaborate to Promote Key Governance Reforms at Federal and Provincial levels

    Islamabad, 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.

  • 27 Feb 2015
    USAID, AmanTech and UNDP provide vocational training to empower Pakistani youth

    The 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.

  • 26 Feb 2015
    By the Youth, For the Youth - UNDP prepares for the National Human Development Report on Pakistan’s youth

    The 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.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Message on international volunteer day - The Secretary-General

    International 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.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Statement by Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP - Message on International Volunteer Day

    At 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.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Message on international volunteer day - Richard Dictus

    This year, on International Volunteer Day 2014, we recognize and celebrate volunteerism by acknowledging and honoring people’s participation through volunteering. People’s engagement makes change happen locally, nationally and globally.

  • 03 Dec 2014
    Switzerland and UNDP partner to support FATA’s displaced people

    Matthias Weingart, the director of Cooperation Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, UNDP Pakistan country director, signed an agreement for US$1.05 million to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the IDP hosting communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

  • 22 Oct 2014
    UNDP and ILO will Impart Employable Skills to North-Waziristan Families

    UNDP and ILO will impart employable skills training and employment facilitation to 200 women and men from North-Waziristan Agency who are temporarily residing in District Bannu due to ongoing ‘Operation Zarb-e-Azab’. An agreement between the two UN Agencies was signed today in Islamabad under UNDP’s ‘Community Resilience Project for NWA Displaced Families’.

  • 17 Oct 2014
    Germany and UNDP partner to support rehabilitation and return of displaced persons from FATA

    The partnership between Germany and UNDP aims to help the provincial and district authorities to manage the emergency situation and prepare for the return and rehabilitation process. The measures will directly benefit the affected people by working with both the displaced persons and the host communities to improve social cohesion, access to basic services and increase livelihood opportunities. The acquired skills will make the displaced persons more self-reliant during the displacement period and give them the means to participate actively in the return and rehabilitation phase.

  • 16 Oct 2014
    UNDP highlights the Role of Technology in Strengthening Democracy in Pakistan

    In collaboration with the Government of Australia and the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a three-day conference on the role of technology in strengthening democracy.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    UNDP in Pakistan releases the Global Human Development Report 2014

    The Report, entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, offers a fresh perspective on what makes people vulnerable, and proposes ways to strengthen resilience. The Human Development Report is an independent study intended to stimulate an informed debate on global development issues and to highlight trends for policy makers.

  • 31 Jul 2014
    Pakistani peace champions announced as N-Peace Award winners

    One young man and two women peace champions have been named among the winners of the 2014 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize administered by the United Nations Development Programme which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia. This year was the first year that Pakistan has participated in the awards.

  • 17 Jul 2014
    Women Parliamentarians agree on resolutions to improve leadership and political opportunities for women

    National women’s commissions and caucuses across the region face similar challenges: limited human and financial resources, poor positioning and remaining at the lowest tier in the government hierarchy as well as struggling with development and welfare approach. Taking a regional approach to a pervasive problem, a two-day South Asian Regional Exchange meeting of parliamentarians, representatives of women’s caucuses, Women’s Ministries, Women’s Commissions, and Election Commissions, as well as UN agencies and international development partners was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 15-17 July.

  • 04 Jun 2014
    National Assembly Speaker calls for collective effort to attain social development goals

    Speaking at the National Conference on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) held at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal announced that a grant of Rs 12.5 billion has been reserved in the 2014-15 Budget for community-led MDG initiatives.

  • 13 May 2014
    National Consultation on Enhancing Women’s Participation in Politics – Making Quotas More Democratic

    “We can only have an optimistic future scenario if women are given meaningful participation in legislative process. The collective wisdom of women parliamentarians would go a long way in addressing the women related issues”, stated Ms. Shaista Malik, Secretary of the Women Parliamentary Caucus at a seminar, “Women’s Participation in Politics – Making Quota Seats more Democratic”, held today by the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and supported by UN Women and UNDP. She asked all political parties and politicians to join hands beyond political parties for the cause of empowering women.

  • 24 Apr 2014
    International Development Partners visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to strengthen support for rule of law

    A joint mission of international development partners visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province today. The mission to Swat, Buner and Peshawar provided development partners with an opportunity to engage with the communities, senior government officials and judicial staff to better understand the challenges for rule of law and to explore further opportunities for promoting peace and justice in the province. This is aligned with KP Government’s Strategic Partnership Development Framework which spells out joint commitments between the Government and international partners in accordance with the province’s development strategy. Rule of law is one of the priority components of the frame work.