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  • 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.

  • 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 www.mdg.undp.org.pk

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 19 Jun 2013
    Government of Sindh and UNDP launch the Sindh Millennium Development Goals Report 2012

    The Government of Sindh and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the first Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report for Sindh in Karachi today. The Report tracks progress toward the achievement of MDGs at the provincial level and compare progress across districts.

  • 18 May 2013
    The Government of Japan contributes USD 2 million for electoral assistance to the Election Commission of Pakistan

    The Government of Japan and UNDP in Pakistan signed an agreement today to support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in carrying out the upcoming elections. The Government of Japan’s assistance, totaling $2 million, will allow the ECP to train its polling staff, improve the elections results management system and extend its voter education outreach. Over 426,000 polling staff will be trained with UNDP support between March and May this year.

  • 17 May 2013
    Saudi Fund for Development support community infrastructure rehabilitation in crisis affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has extended additional financial support to UNDP in Pakistan for US$ 1.3 million bringing its total contribution to US$ 6.7 million for community infrastructure restoration and rehabilitation in the crisis affected areas of district Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • 12 May 2013
    Secretary-General hails successful elections in Pakistan; first ever transfer of civilian Government

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Government and people of Pakistan on the successful conduct of national and provincial elections, hailing the polls, for which millions of voters turned out, as a major democratic step. “This is the first ever transition from one civilian Government to another and a significant step forward for democracy in the country,” the Secretary-General said of the 11 May elections, in a statement issued by his Spokesman.

  • 17 Apr 2013
    Dialogue on 18th Constitutional Amendment organized by the Higher Education Commission and the UNDP

    Islamabad - The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Inter-University Consortium for Social Sciences and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan organized a dialogue on 18th Constitutional Amendment today at Higher Education Commission in Islamabad. The purpose of the dialogue was two-fold; Firstly, to design an international conference on democracy, federalism and decentralization to be hosted in August, 2013, and to establish a tri-partite interface between academia, government officials and donors to discuss challenges and opportunities presented by the 18th Amendment.

  • 29 Mar 2013
    UNDP supports new initiatives at polling stations

    The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is preparing to train polling staff for the May 11 general elections with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). At the launch of its training program for master trainers, the ECP demonstrated the polling process which includes several new initiatives taken to increase transparency and public confidence in the elections.

  • 28 Mar 2013
    UNDP in Pakistan Launches the Human Development Report 2013

    The Human Development Report (HDR) 2013 The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World was launched today in Islamabad by the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) in Pakistan.

  • 19 Mar 2013
    Inauguration of Tehsil Dar Office in Pabbi, Nowshera by the European Union and UNDP

    The Tehsil Dar Office in Pabbi, district Nowshera was inaugurated today by His Excellency Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of the European Union. For recovery and restoration of communities in flood-affected districts across the country, UNDP and the Government of Pakistan launched a US$90 million Early Recovery Programme (ERP). The European Union contributed US$20 million to this programme. The programme worked in 4,000 villages across the country benefiting more than 5.5 million people in 29 most-affected districts, adopting an area-based development approach to early recovery with a special focus on women. This programme is among the largest early recovery and restoration programme carried out by UNDP.