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  • 01 Oct 2014
    Seeking assistance: Govt to stage donors’ conference for flood relief

    ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to host a donors’ conference to secure the assistance of international lending agencies for rehabilitation and reconstruction in parts of the country devastated by the recent monsoon floods

  • 01 Oct 2014
    Dar reviews flood relief, rescue activities

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - Islamabad—The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired the 3rd meeting to review the flood situation and relief and rescue activities, at the Finance Ministry Tuesday, in which he was given a presentation on Multi Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) which outlines the initial estimates of the damages caused by the floods in the areas of Punjab, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.

  • 01 Oct 2014
    Dar directs PDMA to work for restoration of floods-damaged schools

    ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to work for the restoration of damaged schools, ensure availability of instructional staff and provision of classroom materials.

  • 01 Oct 2014
    Govt to hold donors moot to seek funds

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan would hold a donors conference soon to seek international financing for the rehabilitation of the flood affected areas of the country, as the floods have destroyed the crops, livestock and infrastructure

  • 29 Sep 2014
    Development Matters - September 2014

  • 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.