United Nations in Pakistan celebrates 71 Years of Promoting Peace, Prosperity and Equality for All

Islamabad, October 24, 2016 (PPI-OT):The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in his UN Day message said that “Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.”

The UN Family in Pakistan is made of 22 UN agencies, funds and programmes, operating together to deliver development and humanitarian results. Each element of the “One UN Programme” in Pakistan promotes sustainable human development, social equity and rights for all.

In his Welcome Address at the UN Day Staff Celebration, Neil Buhne, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in Pakistan, said that, “As we celebrate 71 years of the UN, we should be proud of what the UN Pakistan team has contributed to, in Pakistan, but it is also vital that we learn from what we were not able to do. As we look forward let us help Pakistanis realize the opportunities there are to transform their lives over the next 15 years. In doing this, it is right that the UN places a special focus on Pakistan’s youth.

Quality education, good health, gainful employment and meaningful engagement are the key drivers which will empower the country’s young, rapidly urbanising population as they enter the labour market and find their voices within their communities. Bringing to the fore the energy and creativity of 60% of the population who are under the age of 30 is a unique opportunity to raise living standards nationwide, and to make Pakistan’s development equitable and sustainable.”

On this UN day, the United Nations renewed its commitment to the people of Pakistan to work together in responding to crisis, support recovery from disasters and rebuild communities, and to champion equitable and inclusive development. A tribute was also presented to honour all staff members who had lost their lives in the line of duty.

“In Pakistan, our aim is to work with all partners to achieve inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development for all the citizens of this country, with principled efforts to reach the most vulnerable, both today and in the future,” said Neil Buhne.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Ishrat Rizvi
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8355720
Cell: +92-300-8553790
Email: ishrat.rizvi@unic.org