Quetta, 9 – 11 February 2015: Aiming at enhancing the common understanding about the development and humanitarian assistance programmes of the United Nations in Pakistan and strengthening relations with different stakeholders at the provincial level,  the UN Communications Group hold communication workshops and arranged a media field visit to its projects in Quetta,  Balochistan on 9-11 February 2015.

Over 80 public information officers from the government, media representatives and students of mass communication departments attended the workshop. Mr. Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal provincial minister for information and Mr. Abdullah Jan, Provincial Secretary for information represented the government of Balochistan.

The Communication team, led by the Director UNIC Mr. Vittorio Cammarota briefed the participants on the overall work of the 19 agencies in Pakistan and on their projects in the areas of education, health, climate change, refugees, women empowerment, food security and socio-economic development of Balochistan.

A group of journalists also visited the UN supported projects in the surrounding of Quetta. These projects included:  WFP-PDMA Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) situated in Chashma Achozai; FAO Kitchen Garden projects and Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) supported Nursery project on western bypass region of Quetta.

A field visit of the UN supported projects, provided an opportunity to the journalists to witness and learn about the engagement of the United Nations in different assistance programmes and their impact on the lives of the people at grass root level.