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Automated weather stations in Gilgit-Baltistan: where modern science meets the unforgiving nature

If we start traveling from the sea towards the north of Pakistan, the land keeps gaining altitude steadily. Islamabad is 1,770 feet with a population of over a million people.  


Tales from the Mountains

The northern areas of Pakistan are amongst the most beautiful parts of our planet. Here, nature can be witnessed in all its might and glory. The remoteness of this region has added to its mystique and…  


Notes from the field— Insights on Plastic Waste Management

Is plastic waste an issue or plastic waste management the issue? Not all plastic is bad, it’s a product that still holds merit. If the system allows, how can we turn plastics from ‘waste to resource’?…  


Path to Recovery: Immediate temporary employment opportunities for COVID-19 affected population of district Peshawar

The COVID-19 pandemic is the unprecedented challenge world has ever faced since World War II. It is creating devastating social and economic impact on the lives of vulnerable societies. To contain…  


To soar higher, one must fly against the wind; stories of our Faces of Empowerment

For a very long period of time, the honor of men in Pakistan has been measured by their possession and control of Zar, Zan and Zameen – wealth, women, and land. Women have been traditionally bracketed…  


Pakistan Stock Exchange launches a comprehensive SDGs section on its official website

The upcoming ten years have been marked as the “Decade of Action”- a nudge to every citizen, every organization and authority to play its vital role in the progress of achieving the SDG goals. This…  


Azm-e-Nau: How challenges presented by COVID-19 became an opportunity

Azm-e-Nau, meaning a new age, is the reprioritization of development to a world that has fundamentally changed. Pakistan reported its first Coronavirus case in late February. A national lockdown…  


Young People in Prisons: Pathways for Rehabilitation and Reintegration

As part of its initiative to promote dialogue on development challenges faced by vulnerable segments of the youth population in Pakistan, UNDP in partnership with the National Dialogue Forum (NDP),…  


UNDP’s Local Government Ambassadors: Jamrud’s new frontline workers

“Stay at home” was the call from a loudspeaker that echoed in a remote village of Jamrud in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The village men sitting in the hujra (sitting room) were fuming. Though most of them…  


Social inclusion of vulnerable transgenders in times of COVID-19

Continuing with its commitment to ‘Leave No One Behind’, UNDP in Pakistan, with UNFPA’s support, conducted a rapid preliminary socio-economic assessment to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic…  

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