Pak-UN launch new five year cooperation programme

Islamabad: The Government of Pakistan and the United Nations in Pakistan signed Friday the One United Nations five year programme covering period from 2013 to 2017.

Led by the Government of Pakistan and building on the expertise of the 18 participating UN agencies, the five year programme will contribute towards the achievement of key national development priorities in six areas.

Vulnerable and marginalized populations have equitable access and use of quality services Inclusive economic growth through the development of sustainable livelihoods, Increased national resilience to disasters, crises and external shocks, Strengthened governance and social cohesion, Gender equality and social justice and Food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable groups.

The new five year programme has firm basis in the national Framework for Economic Growth and the provincial and regional development plans.

In addition, consistent with the spirit of the 18th constitutional amendment, the programme has been developed based on extensive consultations with the provincial, regional and federal UN counterparts, including civil society and other development partners.

Mr. Javed Iqbal, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Mr. Timo Pakkala, UN Resident Coordinator and the Representatives of UN agencies in Pakistan signed the One UN Programme.

At the signing ceremony EAD Secretary Mr. Javed Iqbal said that “Pakistan is one of the founding members of the United Nations “Delivering as One” reform process that has led to the establishment of the first One UN Programme (2009-12).

Signing of this second generation One UN Programme signifies government’s appreciation of the partnership with the United Nations and commitment to UN reform.

The new One UN Programme represents an investment in further strengthening the effectiveness of our cooperation with the UN to ensure maximum benefit to the people of Pakistan”.

UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Timo Pakkala said that “Through the next One UN Programme, UN continues to support social and economic development in Pakistan, including the achievement of the MDGs, poverty reduction, gender equality and reduction of risks from disasters.

The six priority areas of this programme reflect strategic transformational potential of the UN system in Pakistan. The UN organizations working in Pakistan represent a wealth of technical expertise and global good practices at the disposal of the nation.”

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