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  • Pakistan must boost tax revenue to finance development: UNDP

    ISLAMABAD: The top official from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Asia-Pacific region has said that low tax-to-GDP ratio is critical for development in Pakistan and the government should look into the taxation issue, which is complicated as well as sensitive...

    UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director of UNDP for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu upon the conclusion of his four-day visit to Pakistan...

  • UNDP sees Pakistan’s neglect behind lingering of water disputes with India

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that Pakistan’s negligence in conducting a sound analysis of trans-boundary water issues and delays in presenting the cases of dispute with India to the Indus Water Commission or the World Bank on the issues related to the Indus Waters Treaty have caused the issues to linger on and remain unaddressed...

    Focusing on water security situation in Pakistan which is the most...

  • Pakistan last country to fall in 'Medium Human Development' group, says UNDP

    Pakistan's Human Development Index (HDI) ranking is 147, making it the last country to fall in the 'Medium Human Development' group in the 2016 Human Development Report published on Wednesday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)...

    According to the UNDP website, the composite Human Development Index (HDI) integrates three basic dimensions of human development, which include:Life expectancy at birth reflects the ability...

  • Japan, UNDP to help ECP in holding polls

    ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government and the United Nations Development Prog­ram­me (UNDP) will under a project help strengthen the Election Commission of Pakistan’s capacity to hold elections in the country in an effective manner...

    Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Takashi Kurai and UNDP Country Director Ignacio Artaza on Wednesday signed an agreement with the ECP to provide $5...

  • UNDP agrees to assist PHEC

    LAHORE: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has agreed to assist in strengthening the newly-established Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC)...

    In order to materialise the assistance, UNDP Country-Director Marc-André Franche and PHEC chairman Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin on Monday signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) at commission’s office at Arfa Software Technology Park here in the presence of vice-chancellors of...

  • Lack of capacity is the culprit: UNDP

    BASED on both data and evidence, Pakistan has not achieved most MDG targets, and its behind others in the region except Afghanistan...

    Reasons? Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Marc-Andre Franche points his figure towards the “lack of capacity to plan, implement and deliver results”...

  • Accord signed with UNDP over areas hosting refugees

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of Balochistan on Thursday signed a cost-sharing agreement worth Rs100 million to provide assistance to the areas which have been experiencing social, economic and environmental impacts of hosting refugees from Afghanistan since 1979...

    The agreement was signed by outgoing UNDP country director Marc-André Franche and Balochistan’s planning and development...

  • Ahsan Iqbal appointed UNDP’s ‘champion minister’

    The title was conferred on him during the UNDP’s 50th anniversary ministerial meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York, the planning commission announced here on Thursday...

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr Iqbal said that Pakistan had signed a long-term agreement with the UNDP, under which the national SDGs initiative had been launched to provide effective governance mechanisms for policy mainstreaming, coordination and monitoring... ...

  • UNDP launches SME support programme in Balochistan

    QUETTA: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan and the government of Balochistan launched the Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) here on Wednesday...

    According to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and UNDP Pakistan’s multidimensional poverty index, 71 per cent of Balochistan’s population lives in multidimensional poverty...

  • China, UNDP sign accord to help crisis-hit areas of Fata, Balochistan

    ISLAMABAD: In a unique example of South-South coll­aboration, China and the UNDP Pakistan signed a $4 million agreement on Friday to provide assistance over four months in crisis-affected areas of Fata and Balochistan...

    At the signing ceremony, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing said “the successful launching of the project renews our commitment to deliver strong support to the people of Pakistan...

  • Nine in 10 of all people hold bias against women: UNDP

    The percentage of those holding at least one sexist bias was largest in Pakistan — where 99...

    “The work that has been so effective in ensuring an end to gaps in health or education must now evolve to address something far more challenging: a deeply ingrained bias — among both men and women — against genuine equality,” UNDP administrator Achim Steiner said...

  • Pakistan welcomes US offer to take on Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

    WASHINGTON: Days before crucial talks with the US defence secretary, Pakistan has welcomed an American offer to take action against militants involved in cross-border raids from the Afghan soil, the Voice of America radio service reported on Wednesday...

    The official US news outlet also reported that Pakistan believed the US offer “augurs well” for regional counterterrorism cooperation...

  • Pakistan 2 rout Pakistan 1 to clinch World Snooker team gold

    KARACHI: Pakistan 2 overcome fighting Pakistan 1 by 5-4 frames in agonising all-Pakistan final played for the first time in any global event to win the IBSF Team Event Snooker Championship in the Egyptian city of Hurghadha on Thursday evening...

    Pakistan 2 was represented by the former world amateur snooker champion Mohammad Asif and Babar Masih while Pakistan 1 comprised national champion Mohammad Sajjad and runner-up Asjad Iqbal... ...

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