SDGs photo exhibition travels to Lahore

A photo exhibition that looks at the lives of Pakistanis through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) opened to public on Tuesday at the Lahore City Heritage Museum.

The exhibit, “Pakistan Sustaining Development: Human Stories through Photography,” comprises 102 photos taken throughout the country and organized into 17 collections that reflect the UN’s development goals.  It will remain open through 21 April.

The Sustainable Development Goals represent an agenda adopted by world leaders in December 2015 to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change by 2030. The 17 goals comprise 169 targets that include focus on economic inequality, innovation, climate change, sustainable consumption, peace and justice.

The exhibition was first inaugurated at Lok Virsa in Islamabad on 24 October 2016 and was taken to Peshawar in March 2017. The photos will also be exhibited in Karachi.

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Artwork on ‘zero hunger’ exhibited in Lahore

An exhibition of work by young artists from across Pakistan opened at the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore. These art pieces had qualified in a competition titled “We the Peoples, We the Arts”, which aims to promote Sustainable Development Goals and provide Pakistani students with a unique opportunity to gain international visibility.

Students of five art schools were invited to develop sculptures, miniature paintings and paintings on “Zero Hunger”, the second of 17 Sustainable Development Goal, for this competition. A total of 64 art pieces were received, out of which 23 made it to the final exhibition, which was first inaugurated at the residence of Swiss Ambassador in Islamabad and was later opened to public in Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi. Continue reading

Photo exhibition in Peshawar highlights Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Information Centre in partnership with the Directorate of Tourism and Culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa opened a photo exhibition at Nishtar Hall to raise awareness about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The photo exhibition, comprising 102 photos from all over Pakistan, is a joint project of Agence France-Presse (AFP), the European Union and the United Nations and was supported by the Embassy of France in Pakistan and UK Aid. The photos have been organized in 17 collections according to the 17 SDGs. Continue reading

Press clubs pledge to give greater role to female journalists

Press clubs across Pakistan committed to supporting female journalists at a United Nations Information Centre event ‘Women in Media: Challenges and Success Stories’ on the eve of the International Women’s Day.

In response to a declaration presented by female journalists at the event in Islamabad demanding representation in regulatory and journalistic bodies, press club officials announced a commitment to organise minimum quotas for female journalists in their governing bodies.

The declaration, presented at the end of the event, also demanded the provision of basic facilities for women and the formation of committees to address complaints of sexual harassment in all media houses, unions and press clubs. Continue reading

School children learn about human rights

About a hundred school children learnt about human rights through interactive sessions and games in two workshops held at the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Islamabad on 21 and 22 February.

Students from Mashal Model School, International Grammar School, Roots School System and those associated with the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) participated in the workshops organized by UNIC in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada.

The distinguishing feature of these workshops was the diversity of participants: not only did they belong to different ethnic, cultural and class backgrounds, around a half of them were street children, who worked after school hours. Continue reading

Radio producers trained on Sustainable Development Goals

On World Radio Day (13 February), the UN Information Centre conducted a training session for producers of Radio Pakistan. Organized in collaboration with Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, the training aimed to familiarize radio journalists with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the work of UN agencies and programmes in Pakistan. The UN attached great importance to radio as a tool of reaching out to the public, said Vittorio Cammarota, Director of the UN Information Centre. Continue reading

UN and Radio Pakistan celebrate World Radio Day

The United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) and Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) organized a two-hour live event on the theme of ‘Radio and Sustainable Development Goals’ at the PBC headquarters in Islamabad on World Radio Day.

World Radio Day, celebrated each year on Feb 13 since 2013, marks the establishment of the United Nations Radio on February 13, 1946, just a year after the creation of the United Nations Organization. This year’s theme of World Radio Day is “Radio is You.”

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Artwork on ‘zero hunger’ exhibited in Karachi

An exhibition of work by young artists from across Pakistan opened at Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi in conjunction with the Karachi Literature Festival. These art pieces had qualified in a competition titled “We the Peoples, We the Arts”, which aims to promote Sustainable Development Goals and provide Pakistani students with a unique opportunity to gain international visibility.

Students of five art schools were invited to develop sculptures, miniature paintings and paintings on “Zero Hunger”, the second of 17 Sustainable Development Goal, for this competition. A total of 64 art pieces were received, out of which 23 made it to the final exhibition, which was first inaugurated at the residence of Swiss Ambassador in Islamabad and later opened for public in Islamabad and Peshawar.

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‘A Girl in the River’ screened at private university

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) organized the screening of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar-winning documentary ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ at The Millennium University College, Islamabad.

The screening was part of UNIC’s efforts to create a debate on human rights through cinematography and was followed by a panel discussion with Sangeeta Thapa, Deputy Country Representative UN Women, Anne Marchal, Deputy Head of Delegation of the EU to Pakistan, Tahira Abdullah, human rights activist and Vittorio Cammarota, Director UN Information Centre. Continue reading