• Launch of the Human Development Report 2014 - Speech by Marc-André Franche, UNDP Country Director Sep 17, 2014The issue of vulnerability and resilience is unfortunately well known and interiorized by Pakistanis. This year’s report is thus incredibly important and useful for Pakistan. Indeed conflict with the militancy and other groups, sectarian violence, compounded by natural disasters which include the major earthquake of 2005 and now 22 major floods since Pakistan’s foundation added to the regional tensions and political instability have weakened institutions, blocked reforms, diverted resources and made millions more vulnerable, often those who were already the poorest and most excluded living in areas which are dis-integrated from the rest of the country.

  • Launch of the Human Development Report-Speech by Richard MontgomerySep 17, 2014I am very pleased to be present at this launch of the UNDP 2014 Human Development Report. I am delighted to represent the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in expressing solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and to support—where possible—work to address the challenges raised in the Report.

  • Women’s Representation in Parliament May 13, 2014Looking at the gender landscape in Pakistan today, in terms of political participation, urgent measures are needed to create a level playing field for women in the electoral process. As I am sure you will all agree, this lingering democratic deficit undermines the quality of Pakistan’s democracy.

  • Enhancing the Role of Women in Political PartiesMay 7, 2014Here in Pakistan, the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus is making a significant contribution to diminishing the gender deficit. Through their vibrant advocacy initiatives several landmark pieces of legislation on women’s rights have been passed.