We, in collaboration with UNAIDS, National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) and its provincial counterparts as well as relevant provincial rights-based institutions, are conducting a series of Training of Trainers (TOTs) on ‘Ending Transphobic Stigma & Discrimination in Prevention & Response to HIV/AIDS’ across Pakistan.
Pakistan Administrated Kashmir has an area of 13,297 square kilometers while its population is 4.05 million, resulting in a high population density of 304 persons per square km. The urban population is 17.4 percent whereas 82.6 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Approximately 18 percent of its population lives below the national poverty line and 25 percent can be considered multidimensionally poor.
Minister of State for Climate Change, UNDP and students of Behbud Complex School, Saidpur village, celebrated the Social Good Summit with a tree plantation drive and distributing reusable bags to the general public in market spaces in Islamabad
On a typical summer day, Malik Muhammad Nadir, a resident of Killi Sultan Shah, could be seen shuffling through the desert in scorching heat to nearby villages carrying a tin storage box. The storage box mostly contained neatly stacked household items, such as rice, pulses and confectionaries for children, which he sold to village locals at a meager cost. For many years, Muhammad Nadir took the same route each day, scrambling from one village to another selling these household items to locals to serve their everyday needs.
The world around us is changing at lightning speed; as technology adapts and updates, so must our own “human systems” evolve in a way that keeps pace. The rules, systems and approaches we live by, need to adjust to our hyper-informed, creative and technological age. As development actors at UNDP, we face specific challenges in this new era; the sheer scale and scope of threats faced by humanity alongside the ambition of the 2030 Agenda, means that we can no longer do business as usual – the time to move from risk aversion to risk expectation is now.
For as long as he could remember Haji Asmatullah had led a simple life with just enough earnings to support his family in his remote village of Zangikhel, in district Lakki Marwat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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