PR Training

PR Training of UNCG Members

Effective communication work is crucial to the work of any development agency. To this end, UNIC Islamabad organized a ‘Writing for PR’ training for members of the UN Communications Group (UNCG) on 10-11 June 2016. The training was attended by UN Staff members and representatives from various embassies.

 The two-day training was conducted by Samuel Heath, Head of Communication, British High Commission. Rana Jawad, Bureau Chief, Geo Network, Michael Harker, Communications Specialist, US Embassy and Issam Ahmed from Agence France-Presse (AFP), also gave presentations on PR. Continue reading

NCA Lahore

We the People, We the Arts: Briefing Sessions in Lahore

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary in Pakistan, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has joined forces with UNIC Islamabad to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through visual arts.

Vittorio Cammarota, Director UNIC, and Stefanie Burri, Head of Cooperation SDC visited the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore, to conduct a briefing session on the ‘We the People, We the Arts’ competition. Vittorio Cammarota briefed the students on the theme of zero hunger and the SDGs. Stefanie talked about the work of SDC in Pakistan and linkages between Swiss and Pakistani culture. Continue reading


We the People, We the Arts: Briefing Session at NCA Rawalpindi

On May 13, the UNIC team visited the National College of Arts (NCA), Rawalpindi, to brief students on the We the People, We the Arts Competition. This unique competition promotes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by engaging young visual artists in creating artwork that highlights the theme of zero hunger.

Vittorio Cammarota, Director UNIC, spoke to the students about the Sustainable Development Goals and specifically SDG 2:  Zero hunger. Stefanie Burri, the Director of Cooperation in Pakistan for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), spoke about the SDC’s work in Pakistan and the links between Swiss and Pakistani culture. Students also watched special messages on hunger in Pakistan by Patrick T. Evans, FAO Representative in Pakistan, and Lola Castro, WFP Representative and Country Director. Continue reading


Media Briefing on the Climate Change Agreement Signing Ceremony

To mark the first day that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will be open for signing and to celebrate International Mother Earth Day, the Secretary-General invited world leaders and high-level officials to attend a special signing ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.

The historic Paris Agreement, reached after years of negotiations, provides a pathway for countries to reduce emissions so that global temperature rise will be limited to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Continue reading


International Day of Sports for Peace & Development

UNIC Islamabad, the Higher Education Commission, the Pakistan Olympic Association and NUST joined hands to celebrate the International Day of Sports for Peace & Development on 6 April at the NUST gymnasium.

The ceremony was part of a series of events held across different cities of Pakistan aiming at empowering Pakistani youth through education and sports and at promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to healthy lifestyles, peace, tolerance and partnership. Continue reading


Picturing freedom: Winners of children’s poster competition held by UN Human Rights Office

Eiza Abid, 15-year-old from Pakistan has been declared winner of the 12-18 age group, while Alexandria Slaven, 11, from Samoa is the winner of the 5 to 11 age group.

“My painting personifies the darkness and confinement within a person’s life and once the person is set free from the pressures and judgement of others, one can freely express their thoughts and imagination in their true colors, illustrating their unique vision and bright outlook,” Eiza Abid

Alexandria and Eiza’s designs, which will be made into posters for use during the campaign, were selected from the winners of local UN competitions organized in seven countries.


Debate on Women, Media and Development #IWD2016

The UN Information Centre and the British High Commission in Pakistan paid tribute the outstanding female journalists working in Pakistan at a debate mark International Women’s Day. The event featured women journalists with different backgrounds talking about their jobs, their commitment and the specific challenges and dangers they face in the course of their work, especially while reporting on development issues. The event was attended by high profile guests including representatives from media, diplomatic community, government and academia and development sector.

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