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Message to staff by the acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Pakistan, Mr Knut Ostby

Dear colleagues

I take this opportunity to formally introduce myself as the acting Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Designated Official for the UN in Pakistan. I am very excited to return to the country after 14 years. I look forward to building upon the excellent work of Neil Buhne in positioning the UN as a trusted development partner of the Government as we accelerate our support on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

Although it has only been a week since I have arrived, I have already seen that your work at national and sub-national levels speaks volume of your dedication, passion and conviction in producing impactful results and upholding the UN values of integrity, diversity and professionalism.

I am impressed by the work that you have done in producing the UNSDF/OPIII (2018-2022). It clearly sets out the strategic direction of our support to the Government of Pakistan with the strongest emphasis on Leave No One Behind. Our Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus and the humanitarian support in drought-stricken areas of Balochistan and Sind is another area where your works stands out.

The UN Reforms call for more agile, smart and flexible approaches in our support to the Government and our partners. Our coordination structures provide us a good starting point to collectively brainstorm and take action. I am keen to work with you on how we leverage innovation, big data and new partnerships so that we continue to be relevant and support the Government to produce more results. We must continue to deliver under all the three pillars of the UN Charter: Peace, development and human rights, and also attending to humanitarian needs, we need to keep in mind that truly sustainable development can only be achieved by people themselves, and with national leadership and ownership. Our role will always be to work in support of national partners, and to underpin the people’s own initiatives for development.

My office and I remain committed to supporting you in your work and in creating an enabling environment so that, together with our partners, we can help the Government achieve the SDGs with Leave No One Behind at the heart of it. 

It is my honour to serve you and this country.

Warm regards



FAO Poster Contest

World Food Day – Poster Contest


The @UNFAO is calling children and teens all over the world, from age 5 to 19, to use their imagination and create a poster that illustrates their idea of what needs to be done to make healthy diets available for everyone and how each of us can improve our diets #ZeroHunger.

Take a photo or scan your poster and submit your entry by filling out the form on our #WorldFoodDay website.

Deadline: 8 November 2019

For more details about the poster competition and to submit entries:

July equalled, and maybe surpassed, the hottest month in recorded history

June was tied for the tenth hottest month in history, and July is on track to at least equal, if not surpass, the hottest month in recorded history. If we do not take action on climate change now, extreme weather like this will get much worse. That’s why the UN is calling on world leaders to come with concrete plans to the #ClimateAction Summit. You can make a difference too. Join us by logging your climate actions using the #ActNow bot.

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Secretary-General appoints Melissa Fleming of the United States as Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Melissa Fleming of the United States as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.

She succeeds Alison Smale of the United Kingdom to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.

MsFleming brings to the position over 25 years of strategic vision, innovative management and communications expertise in multilateral organizations spanning the fields of human rights, humanitarian action, conflict prevention, peace-building, free media and nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security. Since 2009 she has held the post of Head of Global Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

While at UNHCR, MsFleming led global media outreach campaigns, social media engagement and a multimedia news service serving audiences ranging from media, public, donors, governments and refugees themselves.

MsFleming joined UNHCR from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she served for eight years as Spokesperson and Head of the Media and Outreach. Prior to IAEA, she headed the Press and Public Information team at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Earlier still, she served as Public Affairs Specialist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, having started her career as a journalist. From 2016 to 2017, she also served as Senior Advisor and Spokesperson on the incoming United Nations Secretary General’s Transition Team.

MsFleming holds a Master of Science in Journalism from the College of Communication, Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Oberlin College.

2020 campaign on the SDGs — 3 min survey!

Year 2020 will mark the 10-year countdown to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This is a crucial opportunity to boost all efforts to create a global ‘campaign’ or ‘movement’ to inspire and engage everyone – to take actions to achieve SDGs by 2030.

The United Nations with the help of a group of civil society organizations from different countries has developed a few possible ideas for this global campaign. Please participate to suggested campaign names by clicking on the survey

Deadline to complete this survey is Thursday, 25 July 2019.

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 👉