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Australia backs IOM Assistance to Undocumented Afghans in Pakistan

Islamabad, June 23, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Australian Government and IOM Pakistan have launched a two-year, AUD 4 million (USD 3 million) project to help undocumented Afghans in Pakistan and their host communities, as well as those returning to Afghanistan. In 2016, an unprecedented number of Afghans returned to Afghanistan, mainly from Pakistan and Iran. They included over 250,000 undocumented returnees and over 380,000 registered refugees.

This year, as of June 20th, over 100,000 Afghans have returned home, including almost 70,000 undocumented returnees from Pakistan. This is a 250 percent increase over the number of returnees during the first six months of 2016. Australia’s contribution will enable IOM and its partners to help the Government of Pakistan to develop sustainable solutions for the estimated 500,000-600,000 Afghan nationals still living in Pakistan.

“Australia is committed to partnerships, which promote stability in the region and to help the most vulnerable, particularly women and children,” said Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson. The new Australian funding will also help IOM and its partners to monitor migration flows and conduct host community surveys to help the Pakistani and Afghan governments, humanitarian stakeholders and returning communities to make better-informed decisions relating to safe and humane migration.

IOM Pakistan will also use the funding to provide primary health care services and vocational business training for undocumented Afghans and host communities in Pakistan. This will help the Afghans to start new livelihoods and reintegrate when they return to Afghanistan, as well as provide new economic opportunities for host communities. The funding will also help IOM to support the Government of Pakistan to implement its ‘Repatriation and Management Policy for Afghan Refugees,’ which includes the registration of undocumented Afghans living in Pakistan.

“IOM is fully committed to support tailored solutions for undocumented Afghans in Pakistan,” said IOM Pakistan Chief of Mission Davide Terzi. “Pakistan has been host to millions of Afghans for over 30 years, and it is imperative to devise comprehensive programmes that facilitate returns, create viable options for those that decide to stay and support the Pakistani host communities.” As part of the IOM Regional Response Strategy, IOM Pakistan is seeking USD 21 million to support the most vulnerable undocumented Afghans during 2017-18.

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UNIDO’s initiative for Intensive Management Training for cluster development under Punjab Industrial Cluster Development Initiative

Islamabad, June 12, 2017 (PPI-OT):A four-day training course on “Cluster Development Methodology” organized by UNIDO has started in Lahore with international expert Mr. Vedat Kunt conducting the training of CDI project staff. UNIDO has been implementing cluster development methodology in a number of countries around the globe and has been able to create substantial positive impact in terms of value addition, export integration, poverty alleviation and inclusive growth.

In the framework of the Punjab Industrial Cluster Development Initiative –CDI, the government of Punjab has signed a cooperation agreement with UNIDO to provide technical assistance for the development of industrial clusters in Punjab province and to support their integration into global value chains. Basically , CDI aims at creating enabling environment for growth and prosperity of industries, to create better quality of life through economic uplift in Punjab, and to up-grade technology and enhance productivity quality and profitability of local industries. The lead on the implementation of the CDI for the Government of Punjab is with the Punjab Small Industries Cooperation (PSIC) as the focal government institution.

The Cluster development project is part of a joint initiative of World Bank Group and Government of Punjab under Punjab jobs and competitiveness program. UNIDO has been engaged as partner implementing agency for the CDI project based on earlier interventions in the area of trade-related capacity-building and development of industrial clusters both in Pakistan and globally.

Cluster management team hired under CDI will initially work with four target clusters (Surgical, ready-made garments, leather shoes and accessories and auto parts) within Punjab Province under the guidance of UNIDO’s experts. The project will benefit local SMEs within selected clusters by helping them to organize themselves into networks and take advantage of common opportunities.

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Introducing Women’s Safety Audit in Pakistan to make Public Transport Safe for Women

Islamabad, June 09, 2017 (PPI-OT):In making public transportation facilities accessible, ‘safe’ and ‘harassment-free’ for women and girls, a pilot has been launched in Lahore, Punjab, to conduct women’s safety audit in public transport to assess women’s perceptions of safety as well as actual safety, and increase their participation in local decision-making. Internationally recognized as a ‘best practice’, a women’s safety audit tool is being introduced in Pakistan for the first time.

Local studies on women’s mobility reveal that women’s movement and their use of public transport is compromised due to the discomfort, social stigma and fear of harassment when they are compelled to sit in close contact with unrelated men. Women also face distinct challenges from men when accessing public transport, including threats to their safety when walking to and waiting at bus-stops and while travelling on public transport. The Government of Punjab has attempted to address these concerns through their transport policy by introducing separate sections in buses and running women-only buses. However, the challenges still remain in ensuring women’s safety and comfort on public transport.

As a part of its ‘Safe Cities’ project, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in collaboration with Punjab’s Women Development Department (WDD) and Aurat Foundation (AF) will pilot a Women’s Safety Audit in Lahore City with support from the Government of Australia. This initiative will be carried out together with the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA), the Chief Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit (SRU) and the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW).

In addition to determining on-ground safety issues faced by female commuters, through interviews, focus group discussions and safety walks, the Safety Audit will: (i) provide statistics on the types and level of threats faced by women; (ii) identify gaps and barriers of transport services to prevent and respond to harassment; and (iii) put forward actionable recommendations for the local government, transport authorities, corporates and other stakeholders to end violence against women travellers. The Safety Audit will be conducted in select bus stops operated by the Lahore Transport Company (LTC) and the Metro Bus System (MBS).

Jamshed Kazi (Country Representative, UN Women Pakistan) speaking of the ‘Safe Cities’ project said: “Gender equality, women’s empowerment and the prevention of violence against women in private and public spaces is a precondition for and objective of sustainable urban development. It means making cities sustainable for women and girls but it’s also about making it sustainable for all.

UN Women has recognized that violence against women and girls impacts not only women, but entire families, communities and cities. We have taken an important first step to bring this neglected issue to the forefront by hearing first-hand from women and girls of sexual harassment and violence against them in public spaces, highlighting the impact and the universality of the issue. With our partners, we look forward to creating safer, smarter and more sustainable cities and communities where women and girls can move around easily, travel to school, markets, work or for leisure with equal rights, dignity and equal opportunities.”

Speaking of the pilot, Bushra Aman (Secretary WDD) said: “In aspiring for a safe city for everyone, a focused initiative is being undertaken to assess safety of public spaces for women. The planned Safety Audit will serve to supplement the government’s priorities for women empowerment in Punjab. Safety concerns of the public transport in Lahore are being addressed to curb harassment of women in waiting areas and metro bus stations. Significant inputs leading to policy and implementation changes in urban planning are foreseen after the conclusion of the Audit being jointly undertaken by WDD and UN Women.”

Mumtaz Mughal (Resident Director, AF) shared: “The Women’s Safety Audit in public transport in Lahore is a unique initiative amongst many of the AF’s past endeavours to address women’s mobility and safety issues in public spaces. This pilot research project, will identify problems faced by female commuters on public transport. The policy recommendations of this study will inform the provincial plans and policies and contribute towards making urban planning more gender-responsive.

Akbar Nasir Khan (Chief Operating Officer, PSCA) spoke of how the Authority was tackling women’s harassment through technology: “A Women Safety Smartphone Application was launched early this year and has a panic button which connects the user to the Police and emergency services through the phone number 15.” “I am confident that this partnership will ensure women’s safety in public places and enhance their opportunities to participate in public life fearlessly. Conducting a Women’s Safety Audit, is also an integral part of the PSCA application, and the Authority commits its support in this endeavour,” he added.

Salman Sufi (Director General, SRU) shared: “The Women’s Safety Audit is another step to ensure effective mechanisms for action over harassment incidents in public places are developed. The Punjab government has prioritized women’s protection and security, and the data collected through this Safety Audit, which includes data from the women’s safety smart phone application, will be useful in initiating innovative approaches to eliminate harassment and violence against women.”

Fauzia Viqar (Chairperson, PSCW) spoke of efforts to ensure women’s safe mobility in public spaces: “The equality of women’s citizenship constitutes, in significant part, of their equal right to participation in public spaces and public life. This cannot be ensured if women face constant fear and impending harassment jeopardizing their participation in the economy. To address the lack of street safety for women, the newly launched smart phone application includes a special button for women’s safety that provides access to the PCSWs helpline (1043) and an option to mark unsafe spaces. The application makes it easier for women to report instances of harassment at all times.” “The new initiative of UN Women to conduct a Women’s Safety Audit in collaboration with WDD will contribute significantly to assessing women’s experiences and sources of harassment in Lahore.”

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International Labour Organization supported tripartite social dialogue on the draft labour laws in Balochistan

Quetta, May 19, 2017 (PPI-OT): The International Labour Organization (ILO) is supporting the Government of Balochistan to enact a number of labour laws. The Government is making efforts to formulate or strengthen the legislation particularly in the are…

World Health Organization joins hands with World Organization of Family Doctors to commemorate World Family Doctor Day

Islamabad, May 18, 2017 (PPI-OT):World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it is joining hands with the World Organization of Family Doctors, (WONCA), to celebrate the World Family Doctor Day to be celebrated on May 19, 2017. The WHO Regional Office, that also covers Pakistan, has positioned family practice as a strategic priority for strengthening health systems during the period from 2017 to 2021.

WHO is pursuing four streams of work to promote and strengthen family practice based health services in the Region: raising awareness among policy makers; strengthening knowledge of family medicine among general practitioners; building the capacity of ministries of health to implement family practice; and providing technical support for the establishment of family practice programmes.

In his statement, Dr. Mohammad Assai, representative of WHO for Pakistan said “WHO is committed to provide continuing technical support to its Member States, including Pakistan, in adopting a strategic approach, standards, and elements for implementation of family practices”

Based on the available information in 2016, the total number of certified family physicians in the Region is 3225. Calculating against the international standard requirement of at least three family physicians per 10 000 population, the regional figure is very low. Countries of the Region are in need of 185 497 family physicians in order to cover 100% of the population – a huge gap to overcome. At the same time, some medical schools do not even have family medicine departments.

“To overcome the shortage of family physicians in the Region, WHO in collaboration with academic institutes in the Region is conducting online training for building capacities of general practitioners in family medicine,” Dr. Assai further added.

World Family Doctor Day, held every year on May 19, is a day to highlight the role and contributions of family doctors in health care systems around the world. The comprehensiveness of family medicine makes it the ideal specialty for a career that includes global health.

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Punjab Judicial Academy Lahore and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Country Office Pakistan organize roundtable consultative sessions “Judicial Education System and Future Role of Judicial Academies”

Islamabad, May 14, 2017 (PPI-OT): A two days successful event was hosted by Punjab Judicial Academy, Lahore in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with extensive consultative sessions focused under the title of “Judicial Education System and Future Role of Judicial Academies”.

The event was conducted in two parts: day one was conducted at Flatties Hotel Auditorium, and utilized for consultative sessions on different thematic areas articulating with the needs of education system in Judiciary. The inauguration was done by the honourable Justice of Lahore High Court, Shujat Ali Khan and subsequently a welcoming speech with elaboration on key objectives of event was deliberated upon by Director General Punjab Judicial Academy, Mahrukh Aziz. Several international and national experts shared their respective thoughts with the concerned audience, having special emphasis on drawing tangible recommendations for the future roadmap of Judicial Academies in the country.

The subjects covered were: Curriculum development and Review for Judges and Court Staff; Information Technology and Distance Learning; Monitoring and Training Evaluation; Faculty Development and Linkages; Research and Publications; and Administration of Judicial Education Institutions. Also United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Pakistan’s Criminal Justice advisor Ms. Jouhaida Hanano was given an opportunity to aware participants on the United Nations Convention against Corruption, Global Judicial Integrity Network and Training Manager Aftab Shuaib to explain the linkage of IT based, United Nations Global eLearning initiative for capacity building of human resource.

Second part of event was conducted at Punjab Judicial Academy Auditorium, in the gracious presence of Honourable Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Syed. Mansoor Ali Shah as the Chief Guest. Director General Punjab Judicial Academy, Mahrukh Aziz welcome all the honourable guests and commend the efforts of all participants to make the event a success. Afterwards, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Country Representative Mr. Cesar Guedes addressed the august house comprised of honourable Judges of Lahore High Court, Legal professionals and academia’s of civil society.

He highlighted the need of continuance and sustainable human resource development for an organization and awareness on international best practices. He also presented an overview of all the global initiatives, UNODC is undertaking in the criminal justice system across the world and in Pakistan. He assured the legal fraternity on the resolve of UNODC country office Pakistan’s to provide utmost support in the future endeavours also. After that honourable Mrs. Justice Ayesha A. Malik of Lahore High Court presented the Lahore Declaration on Future of Judicial Academies. She explained to the house on the decisions and recommendations reached through the previous day consultative sessions.

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Free, independent and pluralistic media is crucial for fostering freedom of expression and access to information

Peshawar, May 03, 2017 (PPI-OT)To mark the 2017 World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO Pakistan jointly with the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Embassy of Sweden, in collaboration with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Peshawar organized the World Press Freedom Day celebration in Peshawar.

The event highlight major factors that hamper or enable freedom of expression and access to information in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and overall Pakistan, and to propose tangible measures and recommendations to foster these rights in the country. Over 70 participants including academic staff and students of the university, officials, journalists, the United Nations and partners joined the event to mark the celebrations.

In his welcome remarks, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abid, Pro-Vice Chancellor welcomed the participants and extended his gratitude to UNESCO, development partners, and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication for organizing the event. He called upon media professionals to pursue journalism with sheer professionalism and dedication.

Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan in her opening remarks highlighted that media is one of the most powerful ways to disseminate information, change perceptions, and break stereotypes. Media, is used to inform, to mobilize, and to create and strengthen accountability; but “with this power also comes responsibility, Ms. Vibeke reminded the audience, “On the side of media to disseminate reliable and independent information. And on the side of government institutions to guarantee safety and space for freedom of expression.”

Ms. Mahrukh Jabeen, is a reporter of Tribal News Network (TNN) and the first woman journalist from FATA. Ms Jabeen highlighted the difficulties of female journalists who work in the field, while expressing that despite all challenges, she is still determined to pursue her career as a journalist. Ms. Farzana Ali, Bureau Chief of Aaj Television, equally described the challenges faced by female journalists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She argued for the need to increase women representation in media particularly on decision-making level in the media houses.

The inaugural session was followed by dynamic roundtable discussions on three main topics ─Gender in Media, Investigative Journalism and Stress, and Social Media─ which were moderated by experts on the themes. The discussions led to relevant recommendations, summarized below:

1) Gender in Media: Increase women representation in media outlets, including at the decision making level. Develop and implement appropriate legislations for providing female media professionals a secure working environment.

2) Investigative Journalism and Stress: To define investigative journalism and ‘national interests’ aligning it with proper code of conduct by journalists and setting up press council to address the journalists’ concerns.

3) Social Media: Increase digital literacy and public awareness on the positive use of social media.

Ms. Anne Marchal, Deputy Head of the European Union on the occasion extended her gratitude to all the participants and quoted the message of High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union that free and responsible press is vital for sustainable democracy and development and EU is determinant to promote these rights. Ms. Jeannette Seppen, the Dutch Ambassador on this occasion said that the World Press Freedom Day is a celebration and commemoration of the achievements of journalists of who laid their lives in the line of duty.

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UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines

New York, April 27, 2017 (PPI-OT) :UNICEF procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five. The figures, released during World Immunization Week, make UNICEF the largest buyer of vaccines for children in the world.

Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the three remaining polio-endemic countries, each received more doses of vaccines than any other country, with almost 450 million doses of vaccines procured to children in Nigeria, 395 million in Pakistan and over 150 million in Afghanistan. UNICEF is the lead procurement agency for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Access to immunization has led to a dramatic decrease in deaths of children under five from vaccine-preventable diseases, and has brought the world closer to eradicating polio. Between 2000 and 2015, under five deaths due to measles declined by 85 per cent and those due to neonatal tetanus by 83 per cent. A proportion of the 47 per cent reduction in pneumonia deaths and 57 per cent reduction in diarrhoea deaths in this time is also attributed to vaccines.

Yet an estimated 19.4 million children around the world still miss out on full vaccinations every year. Around two thirds of all unvaccinated children live in conflict-affected countries. Weak health systems, poverty and social inequities also mean that 1 in 5 children under five is still not reached with life-saving vaccines.

“All children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are, have the right to survive and thrive, safe from deadly diseases,” said Dr. Robin Nandy, Chief of Immunization at UNICEF. “Since 1990, immunization has been a major reason for the substantial drop in child mortality, but despite this progress, 1.5 million children still die from vaccine preventable diseases every year.”

Inequalities persist between rich and poor children. In countries where 80 per cent of the world’s under-five child deaths occur, over half of the poorest children are not fully vaccinated. Globally, the poorest children are nearly twice as likely to die before the age of five as the richest.

“In addition to children living in rural communities where access to services is limited, more and more children living in overcrowded cities and slum dwellings are also missing out on vital vaccinations,” said Nandy. “Overcrowding, poverty, poor hygiene and sanitation as well as inadequate nutrition and health care increase the risk of diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles in these communities; diseases that are easily preventable with vaccines.”

By 2030, an estimated 1 in 4 people will live in urban poor communities, mainly in Africa and Asia, meaning the focus and investment of immunization services must be tailored to the specific needs of these communities and children, UNICEF said.

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Cooperation Agreement has been signed between Industries, Commerce and Investment Department to support Punjab Cluster Development Initiative

Islamabad, April 27, 2017 (PPI-OT) :In the framework of the Punjab jobs and competitiveness programme, the government of Punjab has signed a cooperation agreement with UNIDO to provide technical assistance for the development of industrial clusters in Punjab province and to support their further integration into global value chains.

The purpose of CDI is to create an enabling environment for growth and prosperity of industries, to create better quality of life through economic uplift in Punjab and to up-grade technology and enhance productivity quality and profitability of local industries. The lead on the implementation of the CDI for the Government of Punjab is with the Punjab Small Industries Cooperation (PSIC) as a government institution.

A Cooperation Agreement has been signed to this effect between Industries, Commerce and Investment Department (IC and ID), Government of Punjab, and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Lahore on 26 April, 2017. Mr. Muhammad Mujtaba Paracha, Secretary IC and ID, Government of Punjab and Mr. Esam Alqararah (UNIDO Representative in Pakistan) signed the TFA on behalf of their respective organizations for the implementation of “Cluster Development Initiative (CDI): A way forward to economic growth”.

The Cluster development project is a part of a joint initiative of World Bank Group and Government of Punjab under Punjab jobs and competitiveness program. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Vincent Palmade (Team Leader, World Bank Group), Mr. Khalid Saleem (MD Punjab Small Industries Corporation) and other officials.

UNIDO has been engaged as partner implementing agency for the CDI project based on earlier interventions in the area of trade-related capacity-building and development of industrial clusters both in Pakistan and globally.

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Governor inaugurates Balochistan Basic Education Programme

Quetta, April 26, 2017 (PPI-OT): The Balochistan Basic Education Programme (BBEP) was inaugurated by the Governor of Balochistan, H.E Muhammad Khan Achakzai at a ceremony held in Quetta today. The Minister for Education, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, H.E Jean-Francois Cautain, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan, Ms. Angela Kearney and many senior officials, donors and development partners were present on the occasion.

BBEP is part of the overall Education Reforms that the provincial government embarked upon under the Balochistan Education Section Plan (2013-2018). The objective of BBEP is to provide quality education for all children and young people, girls and boys. It also aims at establishing a stronger, more accountable and transparent education governance system in the province.

“Education is our priority in Balochistan,” said Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai. “Quality education not only strengthens an individual, it also strengthens the people as a nation. The education reforms in Balochistan must not ignore children of communities living in rural areas. The Basic Education Programme is a comprehensive system for improvement of the education sector which covers multiple aspects of the education sector including revision of text books, training of teachers, upgradation of existing schools and constructing the new ones. We are grateful to the European Union and UNICEF for their contribution and interest in the education of children of Balochistan.”

BBEP is being implementing by the Department of Secondary Education, with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a generous financial contribution from the European Union which has provided 7.4 million Euros for a period of three years. The European Union’s earlier support to the Balochistan Education Sector Plan, triggered the development of BBEP which reflects EU’s commitment to Balochistan’s long-term reform agenda in education.

“Education is one of the key priorities of the EU in Pakistan, where 32 per cent of our Multi-Annual Indicative Programme is earmarked for Education Sector,” said the Ambassador of the European Union, Jean-Francois Cautain. “In Pakistan, we are currently supporting the governments of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh to provide better access to quality education for boys and girls alike.”

While the Government of Balochistan’s education sector reforms have started showing results, a lot more needs to be done as 35 per cent children between the age of 5 to 16 in the province are out-of-school of which 70 per cent are girls. The primary attendance rate is 42 per cent and only 27 per cent of the children who start school, complete grade 5. Significant number of schools, especially those for girls’, lack safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Finally, too few children learn enough while at school.

“Provision of quality education to all children is one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations which have been adapted by the Government of Pakistan as Pakistan’s Development Goals,” said UNICEF Representative, Angela Kearney. “Educated children, boys and girls, are the future of Balochistan and UNICEF with generous support from the European Union, is helping the provincial government to implement the education sector reforms to ensure a bright future of the people of this province. The Education Management Information System (EMIS) for which UNICEF has provided technical and operational assistance, is now fully functional and accessible to general public to acquire vital educational statistics from across the province.”

The BBEP includes:

Establishment of the Balochistan Examination and Assessment Commission (BEAC) to ensure a system of standardized examinations geared towards developing a culture of conceptual understanding at primary and middle/elementary levels.

Revival of a fully functional Education Management Information System (EMIS) to improve educational governance with focus on monitoring, evaluation, data processing and reporting.

Improving the accountability and transparency in education sector through strengthening of ‘Real Time School Monitoring’.

Improving Education Planning and Management at district level.

Enhancing performance of teachers through training programmes and inculcating child-friendly learning approach.

Improvement of school infrastructures including provision of water and sanitation facilities.

Greater involvement of parents and communities to improve the school environment.

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Pakistan finalizes policy recommendations to support the use of biomass technologies in industry

Islamabad, April 14, 2017 (PPI-OT): The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) organized a workshop to collect feedback from stakeholders on biomass policy. Recognizin…