UNDP in the NEWS

2014

April

  • Govt to adopt UNDP poverty measure

    ISLAMABAD: The government has shifted its definition of poverty from calorie intake to a multidimensional index to get a accurate estimate of poverty figures, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in Islamabad on Thursday.

  • Poverty index launched

    ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission launched on Thursday a multi-dimensional poverty index (MPI) for the first time in Pakistan based on global MPI methodology for calculating poverty on a regular basis. The index was launched following a 10-day training course on MPI which ended on Thursday at the Pakistan Planning and Management Institute.

  • New poverty measurement initiated in Pakistan

    A new poverty index for Pakistan based on the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) has been initiated with an agreement signed between the ministry of planning, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) on Thursday.

  • UNDP congratulates Pakistan for MPI development

    Islamabad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has congratulated Federal and Provincial Governments for initiating development of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Pakistan.

February

January

  • Pakistan determined to achieve MDGs says NA Speaker - Aaj TV

    ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Parliament was cognizant of its responsibilities and would play its role in achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Ahsan for enhancing expenditures on social sector development, investing in people - APP

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday stressed the need for enhancing expenditures on social sector development to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Addressing the launching ceremony of Pakistan Millenium Development Goals Report 2013, he said that people have to be at centre of all development strategies and goals for sustainable and inclusive growth. The event was organized by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).There are 8 MDGs adopted by 189 countries, including Pakistan in 2000 and to be achieved by 2015. The MDGs provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.

  • MDGs: Pakistan off-track on 16 targets - Business Recorder

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is far away from achieving 16 targets set in the year 2000 and to be realised in 2015, reveals Pakistan Millennium Development Goals Report-2013. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of 8 goals adopted by 189 countries, including Pakistan in 2000 and to be achieved by 2015.

  • Parliament to play its role in achieving MDGs: National Assembly Speaker - Business Recorder

    Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Parliament will play its role in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Speaker said that a Parliamentary Committee had already been constituted to co-ordinate the achievement of Goals with the relevant stakeholders. The Speaker said this while talking to Haoliang Xu, Assistant Secretary General of United Nation along with UN Resident Co-coordinator and Country Director UNDP in Parliament House, here on Wednesday.

  • Pakistan urged to learn from other South Asian countries - Daily Times

    ISLAMABAD: UN Assistant Secretary General Haoliang Xu and the new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Director for Asia and the Pacific has urged upon Pakistan to learn from other South Asian countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Unmet development goals - Dawn

    WE can only agree with the assessment of Haoliang Xu, UNDP regional director for Asia and the Pacific, when he says that there is no “sense of urgency” in Pakistan at the national level to deal with this country’s socio-economic crises. To illustrate his point, the UN official, while speaking to this newspaper, highlighted Pakistan’s poor performance where the Millennium Development Goals are concerned. Instead of pushing us further into despondency, such observations, bitter as they are to digest, should prompt us to take remedial measures. Frankly speaking, our performance in the field of socio-economic development is nothing short of shameful.

  • Pakistan in Emergency No hope to achieve MDG - The Frontier Post

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is far away from achieving 16 targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set in 2000 and to be realized in 2015, Pakistan Millennium Development Goals Report-2013 has revealed. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of 8 goals adopted by 189 countries, including Pakistan in 2000 and to be achieved by 2015. The aim of Pakistan Millennium Development Goals Rsport-2013 is to assess progress towards the achievement of the goals, challenges towards achievement and help for post-2015 development agenda for Pakistan.

  • Consistent but slow progress on many of MDGs - The Nation

    ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform (MPDR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the fifth National MDG Report for Pakistan which stated Pakistan has shown consistent, though slow, progress on many of the MDGs.

  • Neglected social sector keeps Pakistan lagging on 24 indicators - The News

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is lagging behind in 24 of 34 indicators of the eight millennium development goals with the deadline of MDGs of 2015 set by the United Nations fast approaching. This is revealed in the ‘Pakistan’s MDGs Report 2013’ launched by the Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and UN Assistant Secretary General/UNDP’s Regional Director for Asia and Pacific Haoliang Xu on Wednesday. The missed indicators were mainly thanks to the neglected social sector.

  • Meeting MDGs: Pakistan still has a long way to go - Express Tribune

    Islamabad: The country is unlikely to meet six out of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, according to a report launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday.

2013

November

  • Carrot-and-stick policy for militants proposed

    28 November, 2013 PESHAWAR: A mix of negotiations and force to tame militants and determination to engage with others is the way forward for building peace and reforming institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to senior government functionaries.

  • Importance of vocational training urged

    November 24, 2013 LAHORE - Importance of vocational training becomes all the more important with the approval of generalised system of preference (GSP) plus status for Pakistan by the European Union (EU), said Hassan Nasir Jamy, regional director of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

  • Pakistan’s growing population poses a serious threat to food insecurity-Daily Times

    ISLAMABAD: The 14th Annual Research Conference with theme ‘Pakistan’s Population: New Realities and Challenges for Human Development’ was informed here on Wednesday that Pakistan’s growing population also poses a serious threat to food insecurity.

  • All political parties should unitedly speak for country’s future-APP

    ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday said slow progress on development had to be reversed, and all political parties should speak with one voice on the country’s future. He was addressing 14th Annual Research Conference, organized by the Population Association of Pakistan (PAP), in collaboration with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST)

  • Growing population posing food insecurity threat: Speakers-The Nation

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s growing population also poses a serious threat to food security but at no point serious attention has been devoted to studying Pakistan’s large population numbers, their distribution and the implications they hold for the country’s development, politics, and ultimate stability.

October

September

August

  • Justice Served - Newsweek

    29 August 2013- KHYBER-PAKHTUNKHWA’S COURTROOM-ON-WHEELS IS CUTTING DOWN THE BACKLOG OF CASES IN THE FACE OF MULTIPLE CHALLENGES. Sweat pours down Judge Fazal Wadood’s back as he sits perched behind a desk inside a custom-built green bus that is the latest weapon in the battle against Taliban influence in Pakistan. The $98,000 vehicle, whose striped awnings make it more reminiscent of a giant fast food van than an arm of the state, allows Judge Wadood to preside over Pakistan’s first mobile court.

July

  • Media Coverage of the Mobile Court Launch

    The 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.

May

  • UNDP-trained government staff to join electoral duties - The Nation

    ISLAMABAD: More than 700,000 out of over 750,000 government employees trained by the UNDP would be joining election duties at the 69,876 polling stations across Pakistan on coming Friday while the remaining personnel have already joined their duties.

  • Women's political participation high priority for UN - Daily Times

    ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a round-table meeting on Thursday underlined the importance of women's participation in the political process as the United Nations also declared it one of its top priorities. "Supporting national efforts for inclusive political processes and promoting women's political participation is a high priority for the UN Women especially as Pakistan is signatory to international instruments and covenants, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)," said Sangeeta Thapa, Deputy Representative of UN Women, in her welcome address.

  • Community infrastructure restoration, rehabilitation - Daily Times

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

  • SFD assures assistance for KP’s crisis-affected areas - Pakistan Observer

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

April

  • UNDP supports new initiatives at polling stations - APP

    ISLAMABAD: 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). According to a statement issued here, at the launch of its training programme for master trainers, the ECP demonstrated the polling process which includes several new initiatives taken to increase transparency and public confidence in the elections. Initiatives to be introduced at polling stations in the upcoming elections include the use of electoral rolls with voters’ photographs, new counting forms and tamper evident bags.

  • UNDP supporting ECP in organizing polls efficiently - Business Recorder

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan has said that the UNDP along with its partners is supporting the Election Commission of Pakistan in organizing polls efficiently.

  • RAHA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa takes initiative for economic empowerment of women - Business Recorder

    An endeavour to make women more empowered and economically developed, Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas Program (RAHA-KP) has undertaken an initiative to engage the communities in the development process especially the women. Under the program, an irrigation channel in Union Council Khazana, district Peshawar was inaugurated by Ms Elena Tischenko (The Chief South and West Asian Division, RBAP UNDP), and The Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan, Marc Andre Franche.

  • 52 lakes in country are at GLOF risk - Daily Times

    KARACHI: A Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) can wipeout human settlements, and to avoid that, 52 glacial lakes in Pakistan out of the 2,420 are declared as dangerous for inhabitation. GLOF in Northern Pakistan Project Director Khalil Ahmed said this while addressing a meeting with stakeholder held Thursday at a local hotel.

  • Mangroves for the Future (MFF) grants total $310,000 to different organisations, navy - Daily Times

    KARACHI: Mangroves for the Future (MFF), which itself is a regional initiative by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has awarded mega, medium and small grants worth $310,000 to strengthen different organisations working for better environment in Pakistan, a country worst hit by climate change.

March

  • Media Coverage of the Launch of 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 UNDP in Pakistan. The HDR is an independent study intended to stimulate an informed debate on global development issues and to highlight trends for policy makers. The Report - The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World - analyses more than 40 developing countries that have made striking human development gains in recent years. It attributes their achievements to a proactive development state, a strategic engagement with the world economy and determined social policy innovations.

  • March News Bulletin

February

January

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