Pakistan’s Seed Industry Exper...

Pakistan’s Seed Industry Experts Discuss New Policy to Revive the Industry The Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) presented a draft policy for Pakistan’s Seed Industry on 13 November, at a workshop organized with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). “A competitive seed sector is the prime […]

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Photo exhibition “Pakistani People and United Nations – Human Stories Through Photography”, 27 October, 5:30 p.m., Lok Virsa, Islamabad  

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United Nations Calls for Nomin...

The United Nations is calling for nominations for the 2015 UN Public Service Awards. (UNPSA)  is an international contest designed to promote and support innovations in public service delivery worldwide. The awards are open to all public organizations, including governments and public-private partnerships involved in delivering services to citizens. The 2015 UNPSA will be given […]

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​     The Pakistan Challenge: Youth Perspective A contest for young Pakistanis to share their views through short ​ films

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UN Secretary General Special Envoy on AIDS for Asia and Pacific meets with the President of Pakistan

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Workplace Safety launched new1 Islamabad, October 2013: The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Children's Fund - (UNICEF) jointly hosted the Education Expo event in Islamabad. The call this year "Innovating for Girls Education" on the International Day of the Girl Child recognizes girl's rights and the unique challenges they face around the world. UNESCO urges the government to take necessary steps and considerations for an education emergency by increasing the GDP share on education and bringing improvement in the education sector, specially the girl's education by introducing new technology and innovations as well as raising awareness and initiating effective advocacy campaign. There is also a need to mobilize initiatives to meet the global efforts for achieving the education related Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the strategies for which the government has outlined in its National Plan of Action. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director/Representative, UNESCO Islamabad briefed about UNESCO's innovative project for young rural girls entitled "Mobile-based Post Literacy Programme" which was a good example of providing literacy through an innovative use of mobile phone technology. She also mentioned about the capacity-building of ECE Teachers using the same technology, which was a pilot project with Ministry of CAD. Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata congratulated Malala Yousafzai for winning the Human Rights Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought bestowed upon her by the European Parliament in Brussels on this day. Chief Guest, Mr. Baligh-ur-Rehman, State Minister for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, in his concluding address, pointed out the dismal situation of girls' education in Pakistan and especially emphasized the need to decrease the dropout rate among girls. The Minister of State also explained that a National Plan of Action had been prepared by the Ministry in consultation with the provincial governments and by 2017, Pakistan would achieve the set targets, one of which was achieving net enrolment rate from 68% in 2011-12 to 91% by 2015-16.
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Innovating for Girl's Education new2Karachi, October 2013– In response to the Baldia Town Factory Fire in Karachi, Department of Labour, Government of Sindh, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) with the technical support of ILO, validated and officially launched a Joint Action Plan to promote workplace safety and health today in Karachi. The JAP is framed around three main areas of intervention; (i) Occupational Safety and Health – Legislation and OSH issues (ii) Labour Inspection – Role of Labour Inspection to promote safe work and (iii) Work Injury Insurance Scheme – Existing Social Protection Practices. The JAP also clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders. It was put together by a Joint Action Plan Working Group with representation from ILO’s constituents including Government, Employers, Workers Organizations and other stakeholders including buyer community, donors, civil society and media. Country Director ILO, Mr Francesco d’ Ovidio in his statement said that there is an urgent need for a joint high level steering committee to come together and develop an operational framework to implement the joint action plan. Human and Financial resources must be allocated to ensure that the implementation is effective and results oriented. While narrating his tragic story of becoming a victim of the inferno, Zohaib shared that the skills training that he has been a part of is a unique experience in which he was sensitized on workers’ rights, equality, decent work and how maintaining OSH and adhering to standard operating procedures of OSH increases workers performance and productivity. After the psycho-social trauma Zohaib and his family faced, Zohaib decided to put a bold face to his problem and joined the training course run by ILO at Pakistan Ready Made Garments Technical Training Institute (PRGTTI) on Quality Control and Assurance. After 3 months of training, Zohaib got an alternate employment and is being paid a decent income in which he is now looking after the house and at the same time pursuing his graduation. Zohaib says he wants to be a ray of hope for all such youth who is disenfranchised and has no counseling. The Sindh Labour Department will develop an OSH Policy to clearly define parameters of safe and healthy workplaces told Mr Wasim Ahmed Ursani, Secretary, Sindh Labour Department.
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