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Call for Application – Summer of Solutions 2019

The @UNYouthEnvoy’s #SummerOfSolutions is officially 🔛! Together with @UNDP and @UN_UniteIdeas, the @UNYouthEnvoy is looking for young people with innovative solutions to solve climate challenges. Be the change that the world needs! Create solutions for climate information, ethical fashion, and circular economy; submit your ideas  💡 and join the #SummerOfSolutions challenge 👉

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah met United Nations Resident Coordinator for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah discussed with United Nations Resident Coordinator for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne, the work of the United Nations in Sindh and how cooperation with the Government can be strengthened to benefit more people.  They focused on ways to provide more urgent assistance to those affected by drought, and how to reduce their vulnerability to future droughts. Mr Buhne highlighted the opportunities to consolidate Sindh’s food security and agriculture productivity, especially through improved land tenancy governance for all stakeholders. The Chief Minister also took note of the UN’s efforts to support Sindh’s transition to a climate-resilient food system including through transformations in water management. Mr. Buhne complimented the Chief Minister on excellent work done in some localities in  Sindh on reducing the high prevalence of stunted growth, and on the need to expand that work to reach all vulnerable children.  Mr. Buhne appreciated the leadership of the Chief Minister on the strong support to the polio eradication drive in Sindh, discussed the importance  of eradicating the Wild Polio Virus, especially from urban areas,  and the challenges of doing this. They discussed programmes to improve reproductive health of women and to slow population growth, to expand the reach and quality of education for children, efforts to reduce rural poverty, to improve water management, and actions to reduce the effects of climate change on people.  Mr. Buhne appreciated the work of the Chief Minister to have Sindh meet the Sustainable Development Goals and offered UN support to link this closer to the policies and programmes of the provincial government to promote and implement pro-poor policies.  He was joined at the meeting by members of the United Nations Sindh team.

Intercultural Innovation Award – 2019

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group launched the call for applications of the sixth edition of The Intercultural Innovation Award.

Grassroots initiatives that encourage intercultural understanding through innovative methods, with the aim of alleviating identity-based conflicts around the world, are encouraged to apply online at:

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Pakistan

The Secretary-General is shocked at today’s attack in Quetta, Pakistan. He strongly condemns this cowardly act and extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The United Nations expresses its fully solidarity with the Government of Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

Promoting Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace : Pakistan won first position in 2019 World Radio Day programmes contest

In connection with the 2019 World Radio Day, (that is being observed every year on 13 February), the United Nations in Pakistan joined Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, FM 100 and other Broadcasters in the series of radio programmes to promote Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.

Thematic radio programme prepared by Radio Pakistan has won the first position in the 2019 World Radio Day Contest.

Mr. Neil Buhne, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Pakistan and Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Representative/Director in Pakistan of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) participated in the programme. Continue reading

Global Food Crises Report

113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity in the world’s most severe food crises in 2018, according to the #GlobalFoodCrises Report.

The same report highlights that climate and natural disasters pushed another 28 million people into acute food insecurity in 2018, the majority of which come from 20 countries in Africa.

Access here: #ZeroHunger