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  • 26 Sep 2014
    New Regional Police Training Centre strengthens Rule of Law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    Democratic governance depends on the respect and enforcement of the rule of law. To ensure this, UNDP assists the judiciary, and supports legal aid and citizens’ access to justice. In partnership with the KP Government, the Netherlands and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNDP is strengthening rule of law through community and institutional level interventions. A joint mission of international development partners visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and interacted with the communities in Swat and Peshawar.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    HEC-UNDP Fellowship Programme

    The Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Indigenous HEC-UNDP Fellowship program which offered 12 fellowships to scholars interested in undertaking research on (i) Federalism & Inter-Governmental Relations in Pakistan, (ii) 18th Constitutional Amendment, (iii) Fiscal Federalism and (iv) Decentralization & Local Government in Pakistani HEC recognized Universities/Degree Awarding Institutes.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    Experts call for concrete actions on climate change in Pakistan

    In a prequel to the Global Climate Change Summit hosted by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday in New York, experts gathered in Islamabad for the Climate Summit Pakistan on Monday. The event brought together representatives of academia, international organizations, government, the private sector and civil society to discuss Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change and to some of its extreme manifestations like floods and droughts.

  • 23 Sep 2014
    New Media and Citizen Engagement in the largest ever Social Good Summit in Pakistan

    This year, meetups focused on the theme of "Connecting for Good, Connecting for All" - what we can do today to make sure technology and new media benefit people in developeding as well as developed countries? In Pakistan, we highlighted the brilliant work of those who were making an impact and trying to change the world. The summit in Pakistan focused on the use of technology and new media to increase voice and citizen engagement. The discussion highlighted how technology and new media are driving tangible innovation for a better world. The participants discussed questions including How are technology, innovation, and new media being leveraged for social good in your community? What are the obstacles to progress? What needs to happen?

  • 19 Sep 2014
    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.

  • 18 Sep 2014
    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.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    Launch of the Human Development Report 2014 - Speech by Marc-André Franche, UNDP Country Director

    The issue of vulnerability and resilience is unfortunately well known and interiorized by Pakistanis. This year’s report is thus incredibly important and useful for Pakistan. Indeed conflict with the militancy and other groups, sectarian violence, compounded by natural disasters which include the major earthquake of 2005 and now 22 major floods since Pakistan’s foundation added to the regional tensions and political instability have weakened institutions, blocked reforms, diverted resources and made millions more vulnerable, often those who were already the poorest and most excluded living in areas which are dis-integrated from the rest of the country.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    UNDP in Pakistan releases the Global Human Development Report 2014

    The Report, entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, offers a fresh perspective on what makes people vulnerable, and proposes ways to strengthen resilience. The Human Development Report is an independent study intended to stimulate an informed debate on global development issues and to highlight trends for policy makers.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    Speech by Mr. Richard Montgomery, Head of DFID, on the launch of the Human Development Report 2014

    I am very pleased to be present at this launch of the UNDP 2014 Human Development Report. I am delighted to represent the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in expressing solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and to support—where possible—work to address the challenges raised in the Report.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    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.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    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".

  • 12 Sep 2014
    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.

  • 10 Sep 2014
    UNDP reaches out to displaced persons in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

  • 20 Aug 2014
    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.

  • 18 Aug 2014
    Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly passes Local Government Act 2014

    The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly unanimously passed Local Government Act 2014 on 18 August. The Act was drafted by a Select Committee nominated by the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. UNDP and Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute provided technical support to the Committee throughout the process.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    Preparations underway for the National Human Development Report on Pakistan’s Youth

    The goal of Pakistan’s NHDR 2015 is to chart the opportunities and obstacles for youth in Pakistan today. In so doing the report will seek to identify how best to realize the potential of young people within the context of human development

  • 31 Jul 2014
    Pakistani peace champions announced as N-Peace Award winners

    One young man and two women peace champions have been named among the winners of the 2014 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize administered by the United Nations Development Programme which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia. This year was the first year that Pakistan has participated in the awards.

  • 18 Jul 2014
    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.

  • 17 Jul 2014
    Women Parliamentarians agree on resolutions to improve leadership and political opportunities for women

    National women’s commissions and caucuses across the region face similar challenges: limited human and financial resources, poor positioning and remaining at the lowest tier in the government hierarchy as well as struggling with development and welfare approach. Taking a regional approach to a pervasive problem, a two-day South Asian Regional Exchange meeting of parliamentarians, representatives of women’s caucuses, Women’s Ministries, Women’s Commissions, and Election Commissions, as well as UN agencies and international development partners was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 15-17 July.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    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.