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Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific-2015

The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015 was launched today, at the UN Information Centre in Islamabad. Mr. Vittorio Cammarota , Director UNIC opened the session with a brief introduction on the annual flagship publication and introduced the presenters of the survey to the participants: Dr. Muhammad Hussain Malik , former Chief, ESCAP Macroeconomic, Policy and Analysis Section ; Professor Ashfaque Hasan Khan, Dean School of Social Sciences at NUST and Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Continue reading

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Reaching out to Pakistani youth

The United Nations Information Centre increases the involvement of Pakistani students in the activities of the UN through partnership with the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) , and with the Inter-University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (IUCPSS).

The MOUs signed today will provide a framework for cooperation and involving Pakistani youth in the communication initiatives of the United Nations like: UN Book Corner; UN Wall campaign; Academic Impact; youth internship programme, and the commemoration of UN Days.

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Islamabad’s street kids learn life skills through sports

Kinza Kausar, 13 years old, was very excited to be on the winning team in “Right to Peace” football tournament and educational event for street children. “We had a lot of fun and made friends. What we learnt was life skills, fair play, respecting ourselves and others, football rules and teamwork. All these were through play and games above all we learnt importance of human dignity”, she said with confidence and satisfaction. Continue reading

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World AIDS Day 2014 Commemoration

Islamabad, 5 December 2014: As part of the activities of commemoration of World AIDS Day 2014, a national level commemoration event was organized. Experts and representatives of affected communities met for an interactive discussion on how efforts can be combined to end the AIDS epidemic by “Closing The Gap” between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind.

The event was kicked off by the launching of a research study report on “HIV and Workplace”. The study on prevalence of policies and institutional arrangements to support People Living with HIV at workplace level in Pakistan, is one of the joint interventions that ILO and UNAIDS in Pakistan designed and implemented together.  Continue reading

Schools’ care and maintenance in Swat

Islamabad, December 2014: The Swiss Development Corporation Foundation sought the services of the United Nations Information Centre to develop a communication system that ensures the care and maintenance of the schools reconstructed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by SDC in the aftermath of the devastating floods that hit in the country in 2010 and 2011. Continue reading

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Groundbreaking short films featuring people living with HIV in Pakistan

Islamabad, December 2014: In the first project of its kind undertaken by UNAIDS in Pakistan in partnership with UNICEF, UNFPA and UNIC, a series of groundbreaking short video interviews were commissioned profiling people living with HIV across the country for World AIDS Day. The UN agencies were given unprecedented access to members of the most at-risk communities. The personal testimonies were narrated directly by each individual which made them unique, powerful and hard-hitting. Continue reading

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The photo exhibition “Pakistani People and United Nations – Human stories through photography” marks United Nations Day 2014

Islamabad, 27 October 2014: The United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document, the United Nations officially came into being.

The United Nations in Pakistan opened a photo exhibition in Islamabad, to celebrate UN Day 2014. “Pakistani People and United Nations – Human stories through photography” showcases a collection of professional photographs documenting human stories on the main areas of the work of the United Nation in Pakistan. Continue reading

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Experts call for concrete actions to mitigate the effects of climate change in Pakistan

Islamabad, 22 September 2014: Experts gathered in Islamabad for the Climate Summit Pakistan, organized by the COMSATS Centre for Climate Research & Development (CCRD) and the United Nations.Ambassador Shahid Kamal, Advisor to COMSATS (CCRD) emphasized the importance of fostering dialogue and actions on climate change among key stakeholders and of empowering Pakistani youth to take concrete actions. Continue reading

Going Beyond2015: Is Higher Education Ready?

Islamabad, 10 September 2014: To foster consultations on the role of higher education institutions in the Post 2015 agenda, the United Nations Information Centre and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) joined hands with COMSATS Institute of Information Technology to organize a conference on the theme of “Going Beyond2015: Is Higher Education Ready?”

Dr. SaniaNishtar, a former caretaker Minister for Education and Advisor to the government in her a riveting keynote address said that the potential in the Pakistani higher education sector needs to be tapped into to meet upcoming challenges. She asserted that after a decade of investment, the higher education sector is ready for new challenges and growing responsibilities. Continue reading

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Media Briefing on the Climate Change Summit 2014

Islamabad, 8 September 2014: In the run up to the Global Climate Summit, United Nations Information Centre in Islamabad organised a briefing session on the topic. Daniel Thomas, Senior Public Information Officer, Climate Change Team of the Secretary-General and Daniel Shepard, DPI Climate Change Focal Point joined the briefing via video conference and shared key features of the summit with the participants. Prior to the briefing, Rob Duijs, Senior Advisor Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Pakistan, Shahid Kamal, Adviser, COMSATS Centre for Climate Research & Development (CCCRD) and Vittorio Cammarota, Director UN Information Centre gave an introduction of the summit and briefed the participants about several initiatives for raising awareness on the issues related to climate change. Continue reading