World Mental Health Day 2017

Mental health in the workplace

During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work.

A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.

Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. The UN Family in Pakistan also commemorated the occasion by wearing yellow and displaying messages.

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‎Posted by Neil Buhne on‎ 10 اگست, 2017

The theme of International Youth Day 2017 is Youth Building Peace.

Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people are critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

The current generation of youth are the largest in history and young people often comprise the majority in countries marked by armed conflict or unrest, therefore considering the needs and aspirations of youth in matters of peace and security is a demographic imperative.

Another Security Council Resolution, Resolution 2282 (2016) recognizes that the scale and challenges of sustaining peace requires partnerships between stakeholders, including youth organizations. It also reaffirms the important role youth can play in deterring and resolving conflicts, and are key constituents in ensuring the success of both peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts.


UN Pakistan sets the foundation for its new 5-year Sustainable Development Framework

The United Nations in Pakistan organized a foundation setting workshop to aid the transition from its current One UN Programme II to the new 5-year framework.

On the occasion, Mr Neil Buhne, the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan said: “The new One UN programme, now called the UN Sustainable Development Framework/OPIII, centers around supporting the Government of Pakistan to achieve the SDGs and Vision 2025. There is no denying that, together, we have made significant progress towards integrated policy and service delivery in many sectors; but a lot remains to be done. Urbanization, population growth, malnutrition, resilience to climate change, and gender equality are some of the challenges that we must collectively address.”

This event was a significant milestone to take stock of the achievements of the current programme and of the lessons learnt to be taken forward in the new programme for the people of Pakistan.


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets were formally adopted by the UN member states during the SDGs Summit at the UN on 25-27th September 2015. Pakistan is one of the first countries in the world to have adopted the SDGs through a unanimous resolution of the parliament. The 17 SDGs aim to leverage the linkages between economic development and human well-being to improve the situation of People (human development), Planet (environment), Prosperity (economic development and poverty alleviation), Peace (peaceful and tolerant societies) by 2030.

The Dawn newspaper is running a special series on the SDGs to explore the significance of achieving each one of them, and what it means for Pakistan.

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