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  • 17 Apr 2014
    Pakistan’s first Multi-dimensional Poverty Index initiated by the Government, UNDP, and Oxford University

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) congratulates the Federal and Provincial Governments for initiating the development of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Pakistan. This marks the beginning of the process of regularly calculating a new poverty index in Pakistan based on the global MPI methodology.

  • 16 Apr 2014
    Bringing Innovation to Education

    Education is one of the priority areas for the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the MDG Framework. Under MDG 2, countries have committed to provide universal primary education to its people whereas MDG 3 asks for reducing gender disparities in education. As like most of the other MDGs, Pakistan will not be able to achieve MDG 2 and MDG 3 at the current pace of progress.

  • 26 Mar 2014
    The N-Peace Awards 2014: Pakistan joins the search for inspirational stories of peace in Asia

    The N-Peace Awards shine a light on the tireless and often unrecognized efforts of both women and men who work with communities across Asia to achieve lasting peace. In its fourth year, N-Peace is excited to announce that Pakistan is joining the N-Peace Awards for the first time!

  • 07 Mar 2014
    2014 International Women’s Day Statement-Helen Clark

    This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.

  • 24 Jan 2014
    Development Advocate Pakistan: New quarterly highlights development challenges and solutions

    Seeking the opportunity to share and foster robust national public discourse on development challenges and solutions in Pakistan and to provide a platform for Pakistani authorities, civil society and intelligentsia to exchange ideas on key development solution pathways in Pakistan, UNDP released its development magazine, The Development Advocate today.

  • 23 Jan 2014
    Strengthening Governance and Development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province UNDP will work on initiatives both at the institutional and community levels. The institutional support for the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa aims to bring long term changes in government rules, norms and structures - while the community development interventions aim to achieve immediate results in improving livelihoods and basic services for communities.

  • 23 Jan 2014
    Empowering communities to solve development problems in a participatory manner

    H.E Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Pakistan and Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) inaugurate the drinking water supply scheme in Village Chowki Drab in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

  • 22 Jan 2014
    The Government of Pakistan and UNDP launch the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

    The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform (MPDR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the fifth National MDG Report for Pakistan in Islamabad (MDGR). The report assesses progress towards achieving the MDGs, galvanising efforts for a final push for their achievement. The report records successes and challenges, and shares initial thoughts on the post-2015 development agenda for Pakistan. For the first time, this MDGR includes a review of sub-national and district level status and trends. UNDP Pakistan is also launching an Internet MDG monitor to make up-to-date information on the country’s MDG progress more widely available at

  • 06 Dec 2013
    To increase community resilience in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, FATA Disaster Management Authority and UNDP establish consortium of local civil society organizations

    Due to insecurity, large-scale displacement of populations throughout FATA has led to millions of people at one time or another living in camps and spontaneous settlements. As of September 2013, 169,517 families have returned to their places of origin while 175,552 families are still living in camps or host communities. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) is helping to increase the resilience of the local communities and ensuring the sustainable return of crisis affected people to their homes.

  • 29 Nov 2013
    Developing Conflict Analysis Tools in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan government

    UNDP in partnership with the United Nations System Staff College organized a capacity building workshop on ‘Conflict Analysis Tools’ from 28 to 29 November at the Marriott Hotel, Islamabad.

  • 28 Nov 2013
    Training workshop on Decentralised Governance and Peace Building

    Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Hiroshi Inomata has maintained that effective governance and community development is essential for peace and, based on this recognition, Japan has been collaborating with the UN agencies to promote socio-economic development in the region near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    14th Annual Research Conference on Pakistan Population: New Realities and Challenges for Human Development - Speech by Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan

    Pakistan is now the sixth largest population in the World growing at 1.9% a year, the equivalent of New Zeland every year or Australia every five. It will reach 270-350m by 2050. According to the latest Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey report; fertility rates stands at 3.8 considerably higher than the South Asian average. Despite a significant decrease Pakistan will unfortunately not meet the MDG target of 2.1 births per woman by the end of 2015.

  • 29 Oct 2013
    International development partners visit South Waziristan, FATA

    The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat and the United Nations jointly organized a mission of international development partners to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas today. The purpose of this visit was to provide international partners with the opportunity to interact with communities adversely affected by massive displacement due to insecurity, assess the situation in the crisis affected region, observe the restoration assistance efforts by the Government and UN partners and explore opportunities to further support the humanitarian assistance.

  • 02 Oct 2013
    Government of Balochistan and UNDP sign agreement for establishing Policy Support & Reform Unit

    Islamabad, 2 October 2013: An agreement was signed today between the Government of Balochistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to establish the Policy Support and Reform Unit in Balochistan. The agreement was signed today in Islamabad by Mr. Aslam Shakir Baloch, Additional Chief Secretary Balochistan and Mr. Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP in Pakistan. Chief Coordinator to the Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Ishaque Baloch also attended the meeting.

  • 27 Sep 2013
    The Government of Pakistan and UNDP jointly working towards achieving the MDGs

    Islamabad, 27 September 2013: With less than 900 days left to the deadline of 2015, the world is making a final push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the UN member states in September 2000. Despite various socio political changes, economic challenges, natural disasters and internal and external security issues, Pakistan has upheld its commitment to achieve the MDGs.

  • 25 Sep 2013
    International Conference on Participatory Federalism and Decentralization

    Participatory Federalism and Decentralization are becoming an increasingly decisive topic as the pillars of Pakistan’s democratic transition, especially against the backdrop of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. This Amendment was passed unanimously in both Houses of the parliament and is a rare example of political consensus in the country. There are 28 federal countries in the world today, which together represent 40 per cent of the world's population. They include some of the largest and most complex democracies - India, the US, Brazil, Pakistan, Germany and Mexico.

  • 24 Sep 2013
    Social Good Summit 2013

    The Social Good Summit opened today in Pakistan with the theme 2030 Now - how will the world look in 2030 and how can we shape it to improve the lives of those most in need? The capacity crowd heard panel discussions from a host of dynamic speakers including Ms. Saima Mohsin, CNN Correspondent, Mr. Umar Saif, Vice-Chancellor ITU & Chairman of the Punjab IT Board, Mr. Saad Hamid TEDx Curator Islamabad and Global Shaper at World Economic Forum, Mr. Abrar Mir, Executive Vice President and Group Head Branchless and Mr. Marc-André Franche Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan. The conversation was facilitated by Mr. Raza Rumi, Editor Friday Times and Executive Director, Justice Network.

  • 03 Sep 2013
    Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific: UN Development Chief

    New York, 3 September, 2013- Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 3 September 2013. A Chinese national, Mr. Xu has held various leadership positions in UNDP, most recently as Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

  • 01 Aug 2013
    Dialogue on Future of Federalism and Democratic Devolution

    the Centre for Civic Education in Pakistan (CCEP) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organized a dialogue with Pakistan’s mandate-bearing political parties on the Future of Federalism and Democratic Devolution in Pakistan. The aim of this exchange was to understand the perspectives of political parties on federalism and devolved governance following the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, and the monumental shift in the federal architecture of Pakistan brought about by it.

  • 27 Jul 2013
    For the First Time in Pakistan, Mobile Court Delivers Speedy Justice

    A Mobile Court was launched today by Mr. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Honorable Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court and Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP in Pakistan. The Mobile Court bus will provide justice rapidly for litigants who cannot afford to travel to courts in the cities.