UNDP in the NEWS

2014

September

  • UNDP Country Director calls on Governor

    PESHAWAR: The UNDP Country Director in Pakistan, Marc-Andre Frache Friday called on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan here at Governor's House. Marc-Andre Frache was also accompanied by Program Manager Laura Sheridan, and Provincial Head of the Organization Edward Rees. He remained with the Governor for some time and apprised him about the services which this UN body is extending in the province as well as in FATA.

  • Fellowship on federalism: HEC, UNDP offer 12 indigenous scholarships

    ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched 12 indigenous scholarships for students pursuing MPhil in local universities and degree-awarding institutes.

  • HEC-UNDP Launch Fellowships on Federalism

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Islamabad—The Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the Indigenous MPhil Fellowship and offered 12 Fellowships for study in Pakistani universities and degree awarding institutions.

  • HDR 2014: Are they listening?

    The 2014 UNDP Global Human Development Report is being launched in Islamabad today. And it seems the authors couldn't have chosen a more befitting theme in the context of Pakistan’s ongoing political state of affairs. Titled "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience?" the 2014 UNDP report has two central themes. First, "that sustainably enhancing and protecting individual choices and capabilities and societal competences are essential". And second, that "human development strategies and policies must consciously aim to reduce vulnerability and build resilience".

  • UN agency asked to assess damages

    ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has formally requested the United Nations Development Organisation (UNDP) to assess damages caused by the recent floods in Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). In an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, NDMA spokesperson and member infrastructure Ahmed Kamal said the authority has sent a letter to UNDP through the Economic Affairs Division (EAD), asking the international agency to carry out a ‘damage need assessment’ (DNA) in flood-ravaged areas. If it agrees, UNDP will be assisted in carrying out the assessment by relevant national agencies, such as provincial disaster management authorities (PDMAs), agriculture and irrigation departments, he said.

August

  • GBLA passes Local Govt Act-2014 - Introduces social policy framework at grassroots levels

    Islamabad—Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) has unanimously passed the Local Government Act 2014. The Local Government Act 2014 was drafted by the Select Committee notified by the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. The Select Committee was provided technical support in this process by Strengthening Participatory Federalism and Decentralization Project of UNDP-Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute. Gilgit-Baltistan has had the Punjab Local Government Ordinance of 1979 enforced in the region since September 1979. The local governance system implemented in the region is based on two tiers: the District Councils and the Union Councils/Municipal Committees as the lowest tier.

July

  • Int’l donors trust in KP govt good omen

    KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has termed it good omen for development of the province and prosperity of the people that the international donor agencies and world community are now trusting the provincial govt due to its transparent policies and candid actions to stop corruption, nepotism and other malpractices in the officialdom. He said that strategic development partnership framework has been evolved to ensure transparent use of the funds of donor agencies and remove possibilities of embezzlement at all levels. He said that such comprehensive and affective policy has enabled us to achieve our developmental targets accordingly. Similarly he said that confidence of the investors have also been restored to invest in different sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to such policies.

  • UN to spend $3.7 million on IDPs

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will spend $3.75 million to support the authorities looking after the people displaced by the military operation in North Waziristan and engage them in productive work through enhancement of livelihood opportunities to meet their immediate needs like cash for work, basic skills training and business grants.

June

  • First National Parliamentary Conference on MDG tomorrow-Business Recorder

    The first National Parliamentary Conference on Millennium Development Goals is being held from June 2 to 4 under the guidance of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The Speaker of the National Assembly will inaugurate the first National Millennium Development Goals Conference. It is an initiative of a young woman Parliamentarian MNA Mariyum Aurangzeb, who is the chairperson for Task Force on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Consulting or Insulting?-Business Recorder

    By the end of this month, the government would have finalised three important decisions that will affect the lives of 200 million plus this year, and the many years beyond. And in all these decisions, the word ‘consultative’ has or will likely feature as the most important highlight of the process. However, not all is what may seem.

  • Shift to sustainable development goals under Vision 2025 planned-The Express Tribune

    At Monday’s National Millennium Development Goals Conference, hosted by the National Assembly of Pakistan with support from UNDP, in an attempt to sav e the country ’s grace at international lev el, national and provincial task forces on the MDGs consisting of members of parliament and provincial assemblies came together to inform that Pakistan’s development agenda will move its focus from achieving MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in accordance with the Vision 2025 development plan.

  • National Conference on MDGs: Govt allocates Rs. 12.5 billion to help accelerate progress-The Express Tribune

    Minister for Planning, Dev elopm ent and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said this on the second day of the “National Parliam entary Conference on Millennium Dev elopm ent Goals” at the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services on Tuesday

  • The Express Tribune - Education reform: ‘Robust effort needed for uplift of education’

    LAHORE: Budgetary allocations, governance and politicisation of education were among the challenges facing the education sector in Pakistan. The country spent less than two per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on education and ranked 177th globally in terms of public spending on education.

May

  • MDGs conference on Sunday

    The National Assembly (NA) is holding a conference on millennium development goals (MDGs) for parliamentary task force on Sunday (today). It is the initiative of MNA Mariyum Aurangzeb, who is also the chairwoman of the Task Force on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • The secretary- general Message on world press freedom day New york, 3 may 2014

    Each year on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental freedom to receive and impart information and ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Better access to justice in KPK

    The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is taking welcome steps to strengthen the rule of law and various state institutions with the help of the UN and several foreign governments. A recent UN Development Programme press release highlights the various projects, which include establishing mobile courts for remote areas, refurbishing civil courts, conducting training programmes and workshops that support citizens’ access to justice. Concomitantly, scholarships for women lawyers to mitigate the gender divide in legal circles; training for judges, clerks, police officials to strengthen the judicial system; and information campaigns for the people about their legal rights are also being conducted.

  • Agents of Change

    NATION-building processes cannot work and development goals cannot be achieved if women are denied meaningful political participation. To ensure this, Pakistan’s parliament introduced a 17pc gender quota in 2002 in all legislative houses.

  • MPAs familiarised with budget process - The News

    LAHORE: SEVERAL members of the Punjab Assembly Tuesday participated in a pre-budget 2014-15 workshop organised by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan, with the objective of familiarising the MPAs with the budget process and the prevailing system of fiscal federalism in the country

April

  • N-Peace Awards 2014

    UNDP Pakistan has recently become a member of the N-Peace network which is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia working on the advancement of women and peace issues. The network supports women's leadership for conflict prevention, relocation, peace building and promotion. Other countries that are part of the network include Nepal, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka , Afghanistan and the Philippines. Members of the N-Peace network represent civil society, government, non-government organizations, academia, United Nations Agencies, religious groups and the media.

  • Govt to adopt UNDP poverty measure

    ISLAMABAD: The government has shifted its definition of poverty from calorie intake to a multidimensional index to get a accurate estimate of poverty figures, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in Islamabad on Thursday.

  • Poverty index launched

    ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission launched on Thursday a multi-dimensional poverty index (MPI) for the first time in Pakistan based on global MPI methodology for calculating poverty on a regular basis. The index was launched following a 10-day training course on MPI which ended on Thursday at the Pakistan Planning and Management Institute.

  • New poverty measurement initiated in Pakistan

    A new poverty index for Pakistan based on the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) has been initiated with an agreement signed between the ministry of planning, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) on Thursday.

  • UNDP congratulates Pakistan for MPI development

    Islamabad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has congratulated Federal and Provincial Governments for initiating development of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Pakistan.

February

January

  • Pakistan determined to achieve MDGs says NA Speaker - Aaj TV

    ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Parliament was cognizant of its responsibilities and would play its role in achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Ahsan for enhancing expenditures on social sector development, investing in people - APP

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday stressed the need for enhancing expenditures on social sector development to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Addressing the launching ceremony of Pakistan Millenium Development Goals Report 2013, he said that people have to be at centre of all development strategies and goals for sustainable and inclusive growth. The event was organized by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).There are 8 MDGs adopted by 189 countries, including Pakistan in 2000 and to be achieved by 2015. The MDGs provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.

  • MDGs: Pakistan off-track on 16 targets - Business Recorder

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is far away from achieving 16 targets set in the year 2000 and to be realised in 2015, reveals Pakistan Millennium Development Goals Report-2013. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of 8 goals adopted by 189 countries, including Pakistan in 2000 and to be achieved by 2015.

  • Parliament to play its role in achieving MDGs: National Assembly Speaker - Business Recorder

    Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Parliament will play its role in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Speaker said that a Parliamentary Committee had already been constituted to co-ordinate the achievement of Goals with the relevant stakeholders. The Speaker said this while talking to Haoliang Xu, Assistant Secretary General of United Nation along with UN Resident Co-coordinator and Country Director UNDP in Parliament House, here on Wednesday.

  • Pakistan urged to learn from other South Asian countries - Daily Times

    ISLAMABAD: UN Assistant Secretary General Haoliang Xu and the new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Director for Asia and the Pacific has urged upon Pakistan to learn from other South Asian countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Unmet development goals - Dawn

    WE can only agree with the assessment of Haoliang Xu, UNDP regional director for Asia and the Pacific, when he says that there is no “sense of urgency” in Pakistan at the national level to deal with this country’s socio-economic crises. To illustrate his point, the UN official, while speaking to this newspaper, highlighted Pakistan’s poor performance where the Millennium Development Goals are concerned. Instead of pushing us further into despondency, such observations, bitter as they are to digest, should prompt us to take remedial measures. Frankly speaking, our performance in the field of socio-economic development is nothing short of shameful.

  • Pakistan in Emergency No hope to achieve MDG - The Frontier Post

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is far away from achieving 16 targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set in 2000 and to be realized in 2015, Pakistan Millennium Development Goals Report-2013 has revealed. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of 8 goals adopted by 189 countries, including Pakistan in 2000 and to be achieved by 2015. The aim of Pakistan Millennium Development Goals Rsport-2013 is to assess progress towards the achievement of the goals, challenges towards achievement and help for post-2015 development agenda for Pakistan.

  • Consistent but slow progress on many of MDGs - The Nation

    ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform (MPDR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the fifth National MDG Report for Pakistan which stated Pakistan has shown consistent, though slow, progress on many of the MDGs.

  • Neglected social sector keeps Pakistan lagging on 24 indicators - The News

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is lagging behind in 24 of 34 indicators of the eight millennium development goals with the deadline of MDGs of 2015 set by the United Nations fast approaching. This is revealed in the ‘Pakistan’s MDGs Report 2013’ launched by the Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and UN Assistant Secretary General/UNDP’s Regional Director for Asia and Pacific Haoliang Xu on Wednesday. The missed indicators were mainly thanks to the neglected social sector.

  • Meeting MDGs: Pakistan still has a long way to go - Express Tribune

    Islamabad: The country is unlikely to meet six out of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, according to a report launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday.

2013

November

  • Carrot-and-stick policy for militants proposed

    28 November, 2013 PESHAWAR: A mix of negotiations and force to tame militants and determination to engage with others is the way forward for building peace and reforming institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to senior government functionaries.

  • Importance of vocational training urged

    November 24, 2013 LAHORE - Importance of vocational training becomes all the more important with the approval of generalised system of preference (GSP) plus status for Pakistan by the European Union (EU), said Hassan Nasir Jamy, regional director of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

  • Pakistan’s growing population poses a serious threat to food insecurity-Daily Times

    ISLAMABAD: The 14th Annual Research Conference with theme ‘Pakistan’s Population: New Realities and Challenges for Human Development’ was informed here on Wednesday that Pakistan’s growing population also poses a serious threat to food insecurity.

  • All political parties should unitedly speak for country’s future-APP

    ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday said slow progress on development had to be reversed, and all political parties should speak with one voice on the country’s future. He was addressing 14th Annual Research Conference, organized by the Population Association of Pakistan (PAP), in collaboration with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST)

  • Growing population posing food insecurity threat: Speakers-The Nation

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s growing population also poses a serious threat to food security but at no point serious attention has been devoted to studying Pakistan’s large population numbers, their distribution and the implications they hold for the country’s development, politics, and ultimate stability.

October

  • UN seeks more support for humanitarian response in northwest Pakistan - Maverick Pakistan

    30 October, 2013 - ISLAMABAD: More funds are urgently needed to continue critical humanitarian assistance for more than one million temporarily displaced people across northwestern Pakistan due to insecurity since 2008, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan Timo Pakkala said during a joint UN-government mission to Kohat district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday.

September

August

  • Court on a bus in Taliban-hit Pakistan - AFP

    By Guillaume Lavallee (AFP)–Aug 29, 2013 PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Sweat pours down Judge Fazal Wadood's back as he sits behind a desk inside a custom-built green bus that is the latest weapon in the battle against Taliban influence in Pakistan.

  • The justice bus: mobile court tours Taliban-hit Pakistan - AlArabiya

    AlArabiya - Sweat pours down Judge Fazal Wadood’s back as he sits perched behind a desk inside a custom-built green bus that is the latest weapon in the battle against Taliban influence in Pakistan. Boasting a portrait of Pakistan founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah - and an air conditioner that struggles to fend off the intense summer heat - the bus is designed to go directly to the people, resolving their daily disputes in some of the most remote and dangerous parts of the country.

  • Pakistan sets up mobile courtrooms on buses to deal with massive case backlog - Independent.ie

    PAKISTANI officials have begun offering mediation in a mobile courtroom to test whether it can help clear clogged courts. The courtroom-on-a-bus will mediate small civil cases, minor criminal cases and juvenile cases, said Hayat Ali Shah, the head of the provincial judicial academy.

  • Justice on wheels: The busman's court in Peshawar - Express Tribune

    PESHAWAR: Sweat pours down Judge Fazal Wadood’s back as he sits perched behind a desk inside a custom-built green bus that is the latest weapon in the battle against crime in Pakistan. Boasting a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah – and an air conditioner that struggles to fend off the intense summer heat – the bus is designed to go directly to the people, resolving their daily disputes in some of the most remote and dangerous parts of the country.

  • KPK's Drive for Justice - Dawn

    PESHAWAR: Sweat poured down Judge Fazal Wadood’s back as he sat perched behind a desk inside the custom-built green bus court. The latest weapon in Pakistan’s battle against a creaking judicial system, the $98,000 mobile court allows Judge Wadood to preside over cases and disputes that have dragged on for years because of the slow grinding process involved in regular courts. The situation has helped build frustration among the people and increased calls for Islamic sharia law at the government’s expense. The bus has been set up by the high court in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

July

  • Media Coverage of the Mobile Court Launch

    The Mobile Court was launched today by Mr. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Honorable Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court and Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP in Pakistan. The Mobile Court bus will provide justice rapidly for litigants who cannot afford to travel to courts in the cities.

May

  • UNDP-trained government staff to join electoral duties - The Nation

    ISLAMABAD: More than 700,000 out of over 750,000 government employees trained by the UNDP would be joining election duties at the 69,876 polling stations across Pakistan on coming Friday while the remaining personnel have already joined their duties.

  • Women's political participation high priority for UN - Daily Times

    ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a round-table meeting on Thursday underlined the importance of women's participation in the political process as the United Nations also declared it one of its top priorities. "Supporting national efforts for inclusive political processes and promoting women's political participation is a high priority for the UN Women especially as Pakistan is signatory to international instruments and covenants, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)," said Sangeeta Thapa, Deputy Representative of UN Women, in her welcome address.

  • Community infrastructure restoration, rehabilitation - Daily Times

    ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has extended additional financial support to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan for $1.3 million bringing its total contribution to $6.7 million for community infrastructure restoration and rehabilitation in the crisis-affected areas of district Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • SFD assures assistance for KP’s crisis-affected areas - Pakistan Observer

    ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has extended additional financial support to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan for $1.3 million bringing its total contribution to $6.7 million for community infrastructure restoration and rehabilitation in the crisis-affected areas of district Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

April

  • UNDP supports new initiatives at polling stations - APP

    ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is preparing to train polling staff for the May 11, general elections with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). According to a statement issued here, at the launch of its training programme for master trainers, the ECP demonstrated the polling process which includes several new initiatives taken to increase transparency and public confidence in the elections. Initiatives to be introduced at polling stations in the upcoming elections include the use of electoral rolls with voters’ photographs, new counting forms and tamper evident bags.

  • UNDP supporting ECP in organizing polls efficiently - Business Recorder

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan has said that the UNDP along with its partners is supporting the Election Commission of Pakistan in organizing polls efficiently.

  • RAHA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa takes initiative for economic empowerment of women - Business Recorder

    An endeavour to make women more empowered and economically developed, Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas Program (RAHA-KP) has undertaken an initiative to engage the communities in the development process especially the women. Under the program, an irrigation channel in Union Council Khazana, district Peshawar was inaugurated by Ms Elena Tischenko (The Chief South and West Asian Division, RBAP UNDP), and The Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan, Marc Andre Franche.

  • 52 lakes in country are at GLOF risk - Daily Times

    KARACHI: A Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) can wipeout human settlements, and to avoid that, 52 glacial lakes in Pakistan out of the 2,420 are declared as dangerous for inhabitation. GLOF in Northern Pakistan Project Director Khalil Ahmed said this while addressing a meeting with stakeholder held Thursday at a local hotel.

  • Mangroves for the Future (MFF) grants total $310,000 to different organisations, navy - Daily Times

    KARACHI: Mangroves for the Future (MFF), which itself is a regional initiative by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has awarded mega, medium and small grants worth $310,000 to strengthen different organisations working for better environment in Pakistan, a country worst hit by climate change.

March

  • Media Coverage of the Launch of the Human Development Report 2013

    The Human Development Report (HDR) 2013 The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World was launched today in Islamabad by UNDP in Pakistan. The HDR is an independent study intended to stimulate an informed debate on global development issues and to highlight trends for policy makers. The Report - The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World - analyses more than 40 developing countries that have made striking human development gains in recent years. It attributes their achievements to a proactive development state, a strategic engagement with the world economy and determined social policy innovations.

  • March News Bulletin

February

January

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