Our Stories of Change

  • Pandemic Communications: Starting Early, Producing Consistently
    May 6, 2020

    Our Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) was set up at the Chief Minister’s Office in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) last year. The main objective of the unit was to help communicate the efforts and benefits of the Newly Merged Districts (erstwhile FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa declared a health emergency at the beginning of February 2020 and created a joint task force of several departments to develop a coherent and robust public policy response. The SCU refocused all its work on supporting the government in tackling the crisis.

  • Leave No One Behind
    Feb 20, 2020

    Continuing its commitment to the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’, UNDP supported the inclusion of a transgender person, Ms. Aisha Mughal, in the official delegation of Pakistan to attend the review session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CWDAW) on 12 February 2020 in Geneva. It was a historic moment for the country as it was the first time ever that a transgender person was provided an opportunity to be part of reporting procedure at an official treaty body review.

  • Small comments lead to big initiatives
    Jul 12, 2019

    Two weeks ago, a member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s Sustainable Development Goals Taskforce wanted to initiate a movement to ban plastic bags in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and discussed it with representatives of the UNDP. This was added to the agenda of a pre-planned SDG Taskforce planning session. Eco-friendly bags were produced by the Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP) project to support the message around SDG 12 which is based on Responsible Consumption and Production. The SDG Taskforce has now adopted a plan to introduce a resolution in the KP Assembly to ban plastic bags along with events across the province to reach out to the public and other institutions for implementation. Meanwhile, SELP is no longer producing plastic-based bags, etc for its events.

  • Building inclusive societies
    Mar 13, 2019

    “…. without equality and empowerment, we will simply perpetuate today’s paradigm: trying to address all the world’s challenges with only half the world’s assets,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, underscoring the need for gender equality. The UN Deputy Secretary-General’s words carry some important lessons for all countries, and more specifically, resonate with some of what the United Nations, through its work in 193 countries, is striving to achieve at the global level.

  • Jul 10, 2017

    As a child Wasim Soomro watched as famous fashion designers showed their creations on television. He enjoyed seeing their creative designs and envied their rise to fame and fortune doing what they loved. “I used to watch famous celebrities become designers, flaunting their kurtas on TV. I told myself if they can do it, why can’t I? Lyari is famous for gang violence, but we don’t have any famous designers. I thought I should be the first one,” he saysd, clad in a blue kurta that he designed himself.

  • Apr 6, 2016

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