First photography exhibition of people living with HIV in Pakistan

A photography exhibition, which shines the spotlight on the resilience of people living with HIV opened in Islamabad, Pakistan on 7 September. It is the first time that an exhibit in Pakistan has been dedicated to portraying the inspirational stories of people living with HIV and the goal is to help reduce stigma and discrimination. A Photo Story on People Living with HIV in Pakistan was produced in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the UNAIDS Country Office.

The exhibit is a collection of 25 portraits of men and women living with HIV, who have felt so empowered that they have taken the bold decision to share their stories of HIV-related stigma with the public. Each photo is accompanied by a caption with a short interview where people express their challenges and concerns, but also their determination to bring about change and eliminate stigma and discrimination. Dozens of representatives from different sectors, including government, civil society, communities, embassies and international organizations attended the opening. Continue reading


Youth Skill Development and UN 70 campaigns

Islamabad, 15 July 2015: World this morning: A famous TV show, anchored by Maha Makhdum was broadcast on PTV world to mark the 1st World Youth Skills Day on 15 July 2015. UNIC Director along with Programme coordinator for UN Wall, Ahsan Ausaf participated in the prgramme and shared details about the communication campaigns, which are specially designed for Pakistani youth on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations this year. The ‘UN Wall’ is an exciting art campaign, in which a large number of youth would participate by dedicating a wall in their educational institutions and painting the UN’s messages on them. Mr. Cammarota encouraged youth to focus on their skill development and participating in the UN Wall campaign which provides a learning opportunity about UN’s core values and messages through creativity and art.

The UN Wall campaign shall be implemented across the country.


KAY2 TV : Interview with Vittorio Cammarota / communication campaigns on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations

Islamabad, 9 June 2015: Mr. Vittorio Cammarota, Director UN Information Centre was interviewed by Kay2 TV, in a special Programme : Sahar Mishi Khan Ke Saath. KAY2 TV is Pakistan’s first multi-lingual television channel.

In the interview he discussed about the role of the United Nations in assisting the people of Pakistan. He shared about the communication campaigns and initiatives that United Nations has launched for the young Pakistanis on the occasion of its 70th anniversary this year. These campaigns like, UN Wall, UN corner and internship programmes provides great opportunities to young students for promoting key messages and values of the United Nation and having access to the UN publications.


Government of Punjab and the United Nations establish partnership for engaging youth in the UN’s communication campaigns

Islamabad, 11 June 2015: Mr. Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Minister for School Education, Higher Education, Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology and Tourism, Government of Punjab and Mr. Vittorio Cammarota, Director UN Information Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance dissemination of values and core messages of the United Nations through the educational institutions based in Punjab.

The strategic partnership will facilitate the implementation of the UN Wall and UN Corner campaigns, organized by the United Nations Communications Group in the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Continue reading


Radio Pakistan – World Environment Day

Today at Radio Pakistan we talked about the urgent need of protecting the environment, including the oceans. We shared information on how the UN is working with its member states and many other counterparts in the run up to COP 21. We highlighted the role Pakistani people can play with the support of their government in reducing air pollution, waste of precious natural resources and deforestation. And we stressed how crucial is the contribution from the youth in the whole process.

Thanks a lot to Olivier Huynh Van, Development Attaché, French Embassy, to Prof Dr Khalid Riaz, Climate Centre for Research and Development, COMSATS, to Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Member of National Assembly for participating in the conversation. And thanks to our hosts, Mr. Javed and Ms. Anjum.


Pakistani people and United Nations – Human stories through Photography

Lahore, 16 April 2015: A picture is worth a thousand words and does not need any translation. Mr. Vittorio Cammarota, Director of the United Nations Information Centre mentioned this adage referring to photography as a powerful communications tool.

The occasion was a UN photo exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, “Pakistani People and United Nations – Human stories through photography”, which opened on April 17 at the City Heritage Museum in Lahore. The exhibition, produced in collaboration with the National College of Arts (NCA) and the Lahore Museum, includes two collections of professional photos.

“Pakistani People and United Nations” showcased 74 professional photographs documenting human stories in the main areas of UN work in Pakistan: education, employment, food security, health, gender equality and social justice, humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping, rule of law and governance. Continue reading


UN Speaker’s Corner at the National Book Festival

Islamabad, 24 April 2015: The United Nations System in Pakistan joined hands with the National Book Foundation and organised a Speaker’s Corner at a well-attended annual National Book Festival in Islamabad, on 24 April 2015.

Groups of panelists hold three rounds of discussion on the topics: Understanding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Climate Change and Pakistan at COP21; and Key initiatives of the United Nations agencies in Pakistan. Continue reading

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UN Pakistan launched Urdu version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Islamabad, 24 April 2015: Aiming at enhancing the understanding about the human rights principals the United Nations in Pakistan published an Urdu version of the UDHR and launched it at the Speaker’s Corner session, held during the National Book Festival in Islamabad.

Dr. Jacqui Badcock, Resident Coordinator a.i. opened the session and briefed participants about the historical back ground of the UDHR and concept of the human rights among different civilizations. She said that an understanding of the articles of the Declaration allows us to debate the principles behind legal solutions applied in national laws, such as Part II of the Constitution of Pakistan – Fundamental Rights and Principles of Policy. Continue reading

Earth Day

Mother Earth Day – Plant a tree

Islamabad, 22 April 2015: UNIC Islamabad celebrated Mother Earth Day by joining the tree plantation with Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushaidullah Khan and partners from the Centre for Climate Research & Development (CCRD) , COMSATS University Islamabad and from the French Embassy in Islamabad.

UNIC Islamabad is collaborating with CCRD on several communication initiatives related to the climate change and other issues like education and youth development. In September last, ahead of the SG’s Climate Change Summit, UNIC organized a Pakistan’s summit with CCRD and experts on climate change, which helped in generating number of debates and discussions on the topic.

UNIC Director emphasized on plantation as a mean of building a sustainable and resilient future for the Mother Earth and for the younger generations.