UNDP in Pakistan launched the Human Development Report 2019, today, at Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Headquarters. The Human Development Report 2019 entitled, ‘Beyond Income, Beyond Averages, Beyond Today: Inequalities in Human Development in the 21st Century’ was launched on 9 December in Bogota, Colombia.
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This is a land of paradoxes. It has an illustrious past but a troubled present. Its soil is rich, yet the people are poor. They face countless hardships but remain optimistic. This is the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
Everywhere in the world, indigenous people and local communities depend on natural resources and biodiversity for their livelihood. They hold indigenous knowledge passed over generations on weather patterns, and on what to sow and harvest according to the seasons. It is this knowledge that allows them to live in harmony with the land. However, the dependency on nature to meet their livelihood also means that climate change and bio-diversity losses exacerbate their poverty. One such story is from Suleiman Mountains, where the local community conserves the Chilgoza forest to conserve biodiversity, and restore their livelihood.
What is UNDP in Pakistan doing about the risk posed by climate change?
‘For innovation to work in and for government, it needs to somehow become part of the DNA of the organization. Reinforcing our own hooks meant focusing on the needs of our untapped energy client base and transitioning from being a strategic service to a strategic resource.’

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