Author Archives: Umair Khaliq

International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

On 28 January 2019 the United Nations in Pakistan observed the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust by screening the video message of the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and thematic documentary film “Who Will Write Our History”.

Mr. Guterres said the hatred that led to the Holocaust is “not only strong, it’s getting worse” The UN Resident Coordinator, Neil Buhne, said UN staff members, had to remember that a keyreason for the creation of the United Nations was to take collective action to prevent the horrors recurring again that led to the events in the film.

International Student Convention and Expo: Securing the Future

The Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSSP) and partners organized first of its kind ‘International Student Convention (ISC) and Expo’- ‘Securing the Future’ in Islamabad on 12 – 13 December 2018. Participants & students from 20 countries have engaged in more than 30 activities and events that included International Conference on Youth Development, Vice Chancellors’ Forum on Sustainable Development Goals , Asian Peace Festival, diplomats’ forum & corner, university pavilion, books pavilion, digital technologies pavilion, tourism & culture pavilion, job fair, career counselling sessions, model UN and National Assembly sessions, talent hunt, ideas corner, workshops, seminars, and many others .

The United Nations Information Centre took part in the ‘International Student Convention (ISC) and Expo.

The President of the General Assembly will visit Pakistan from the 18 to 22 January

The President of the General Assembly Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa will be visiting Pakistan from the 18 to 22 January at the invitation of the Government of Pakistan.

She will meet with Prime Minister H.E. Imran Khan and the country’s President H.E. Arif Alvi, H.E., Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, as well as representatives of the UN and of civil society and women’s organisations.

“Looking forward to strengthening the ties between Pakistan and the UN, promoting multilateralism and continuing my work with Pakistan on the priorities for the 73rd Session of the GA” – Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa

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UN Democracy Fund – Applications are Open

The UN Democracy Fund’s annual call for project proposals is open until 18 January 2019 at https://www.un.org/…/www.un.or…/files/uu40_december_2018.pdf

The UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) supports two-year projects that empower civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations.

Over the past 12 years, UNDEF has supported more than 780 projects in over 120 countries at a total amount of almost US$190 million. UNDEF provides grants of up to US$300,000 per project.

UNDEF invites project proposals covering one or more of eight main areas:

  • Gender equality
  • Community activism
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Youth engagement
  • Strengthening civil society interaction with Government
  • Media and freedom of information
  • Tools for knowledge
  • Electoral processes

Project proposals may be submitted online, in English or French, at https://www.un.org/democracyfund.

Guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned can be found at https://www.un.org/democracyf…/…/call-project-proposals-open.