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Pakistan: Sustaining Development human stories through photography

“Pakistan: Sustaining Development - Human stories through photography” was produced by the United Nations Communications Group and Agence France-Presse (AFP) with the financial contribution of the European Union, the Embassy of France in Pakistan and UK Aid.

Curators: Amélie Herenstein, AFP and Vittorio Cammarota, UN Information Centre Producer: Noman Burki Graphic Design: Mirko Neri Published by the United Nations Information Centre Islamabad – October 2016

Photography for the Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are a central pillar of our work at the United Nations. They are pushing the entire system to improve the way we work to make this world a better place to live in. These goals take the concept of interconnectivity based on dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. Many countries including Pakistan are tackling challenging situations that include extreme poverty, malnutrition, extremism, epidemics, natural disasters and illiteracy among others. Hand in hand with the Pakistani government and many local and international partners, the UN System in Pakistan is working steadfastly to achieve targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals. Working in partnership is instrumental to achieving the Goals and all citizens of Pakistan have a role to play. To be effective, all stakeholders have to be fully aware of what the Sustainable Development Goals are and how they can contribute to achieving them. Increasing knowledge of the Goals is therefore the main objective of the United Nations Information Centres around the world. There are so many inspiring stories to be told. Sometimes it’s a tale about the resilience of vulnerable communities in Pakistan and in other instances it’s the smile brought to an individual going through a difficult situation in life. However, sometimes words fail us. Feeling the pain and sharing the joy of the other is an experience that only eyes can capture. I totally agree with what they say about one picture being worth a thousand words. Today, the photograph has shifted to assuming a vernacular that speaks of, and to, the world around us. Strong imagery also has the power to create an

emotional connection to an organizations’ work, which can lead to support from our partners and create awareness about the importance of Sustainable Development Goals. So, when photography meets journalism, incredible results are produced. Photojournalism or documentary photography has become a form of visual communication which has the capability to record things as they are. The exhibition “Pakistan: Sustaining Development - Human Stories through Photography” showcases stories related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through 102 outstanding photos that give a human face and feel to the issues. Partnership is always essential and we are proud of being able to narrate the multifaceted reality of Pakistan through these images captured by the talented photojournalists from Agence France-Presse. The exhibition was developed with generous contributions from the European Union, the French Embassy in Pakistan and UK Aid. They all share the United Nations’ vision and goals for the world. Our gratitude goes also to Lok Virsa for providing the best platform for reaching out to Pakistani citizens. We will keep looking for creative ways for reminding ourselves of the work that needs to be done to end extreme poverty, address climate change, fight inequalities, promote human rights and build resilience. This photo exhibition endeavors to highlight challenges and opportunities we all have to look at while striving to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Vittorio Cammarota, Director, UN Information Centre


Window on the colours of Pakistan We at AFP in Pakistan are incredibly blessed. We are blessed because, every day, we can report and share amazing, true stories, in one of the most fascinating and colorful countries in Asia: the stories of ordinary or famous Pakistanis, from all regions of the country, showing the extraordinary variety of its people, cultures and landscapes. That is what we want to do today with this 102 picture-strong exhibition, the first of its kind in Pakistan, organized in collaboration with the UN, the European Union, the Embassy of France in Islamabad and UK Aid. For those who are less familiar with the world of media, Agence France-Presse (AFP) is a Paris-based global news agency, reporting daily from 150 countries and providing hundreds of corporate clients with multimedia news, i.e. text, video and graphics. And, of course, a lot of photos. We have been witness to the eventful history of Pakistan for over five decades now and are currently represented by more than 20 text, photo and video journalists and freelancers countrywide. Over the years, we have developed close links with the Pakistani media, providing them with a window on what is happening outside their borders, while our teams here report on all types of events in Pakistan for the rest of the world. The exhibition we are presenting today deals with what is arguably the most crucial issue for every single living creature on the planet, mankind included: sustainable development. As you will see, we have deliberately chosen to focus on the human angle of the story. There’s no understating the importance of preserving our trees, oceans and birds if we want to survive ourselves as a species. And for harmony to bloom, peace and equal opportunities for all of us are an absolute necessity. Much remains to be done. One of the aims of the exhibition is to show the reality of life as it is now for millions of Pakistanis, be they shopkeepers, teachers, farmers, workers, schoolchildren, peacekeepers or immigrants abroad. It documents the extraordinary resilience of ordinary Pakistanis in the face of tragic events like floods; or what everyday life is like when one works in a brick kiln or is forced out of one’s home to a refugee camp; or to live in a drought-prone desert or in the unforgiving climate of untamed mountain


ranges like the Karakoram. It also depicts the often underreported work undertaken by institutions like the United Nations and their member states, and the amazing progress that has already been accomplished in countless areas like education, women’s empowerment and the fight against poverty. We hope these pictures will help the world understand what Pakistan is today and what it is likely to become tomorrow. With a human touch. Amélie Herenstein, Bureau Chief Pakistan and Afghanistan for Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Achieving the SDGs in Pakistan Last month, the world celebrated the first anniversary of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted in September 2015. True to its mandate as a forum for building global consensus and supporting nations to implement their commitments in the pursuit of development, human rights and peace, the UN supports countries all over the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The UN Day SDGs exhibition showcases the importance of the SDGs by illustrating the challenges confronting humanity in this modern era: human rights, terrorism, climate change, sustainable development, humanitarian emergencies, health and education, poverty eradication, peace, and food security. These photographs highlight the areas where the UN contribution is of utmost importance as Pakistan seeks to achieve the SDGs. The UN in Pakistan comprises 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– the key principles underlying Agenda 2030. From collaborating with the government to integrate these goals into national plans, to ensuring that the global goals are localized and relevant to Pakistan’s context, every effort is made to reach the most vulnerable and give a voice to those who all too often have none. The ambitious goals of Agenda 2030 can only be achieved through realizing all the SDGs. The 17 SDGs aim to leverage the linkages between economic development and human well-being to improve the situation of People (human development), Planet (environment), Prosperity (economic development and poverty alleviation), Peace (peaceful and tolerant societies) by 2030. Strengthening existing and developing new, partnerships with the private sector, civil society, academia and other development actors will be instrumental in pushing the agenda forward. The SDG framework proposes universal indicators and recommends that countries develop a complementary set of national level indicators to

achieve the global targets. The UN is collaborating with the Government of Pakistan to improve the collection and use of data to formulate national plans that deliver for even the most vulnerable. Achieving the SDGs requires technical expertise, capacity development and the ability to adapt lessons from the successes of other countries facing similar challenges to Pakistan. The UN’s global network supports the leveraging of global experiences and “convening power” to help expand partnerships to garner Pakistan’s human and financial resources, straddling the government and the private sector. The implementation of the SDG agenda demands an integrated response from the federal and provincial governments, as guided by the complementary national development plan Vision 2025, and provincial annual development plans. Specialized coordination units have been established at a national and provincial level, co-financed by the government to ensure coordination and monitoring of results at all levels. The humblest of initiatives cause real impact; just last year 184 million people – nearly the entire population – benefited from salt iodization, the simplest and safest solution for iodine deficiency disorders and 32 million children received Vitamin A supplements to prevent childhood blindness. Similarly, by advocating for effective policies, facilitating partnerships and working with key-players in the public and private sectors to improve the quality of their products, export-driven trade and investment thrived: 50 public departments, 200 private businesses and 500,000 individuals benefited from flourishing trade in agricultural and industrial sectors. The UN in Pakistan is currently planning its next programming cycle in Pakistan (2018-2022). The national vision of Pakistan will be realized if everyone works collectively for the achievement of these sustainable goals. Pakistan is in an excellent position to deliver on its commitment to its people, and the UN is committed to supporting these efforts. Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative


Sustainable development, a priority axis of the European Union’s external relations Since its creation, the European Union has always considered development as a priority axis of its external relations. As a consequence, the EU and its Member States are the world’s largest provider of Official Development Assistance. The European Union contributed to the design and the achievements under the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired at the end of 2015. Building on these successes, we have made a constructive contribution to the development of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the core of this Agenda are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It addresses both poverty eradication and the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in a balanced and integrated manner, but also addresses issues such as effective institutions, good governance, the rule of law and peaceful societies. The European Union has played an important role in shaping the 2030 Agenda, through public consultations, dialogue with our partners and indepth research. We will continue to play a leading role as we move into the implementation of this ambitious, transformative and universal Agenda that delivers poverty eradication and sustainable development for all. For example we aim at lifting 500 million people in developing countries out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030. 20% of the EU’s assistance, about EUR 14 billion up to 2020, will address climate change objectives. Gender equality is a key priority mainstreamed in our programmes to empower women and girls. The EU remains the world’s most open market, providing duty free and quota free market access to Least Developed Countries (LDC), with total LDC exports to the EU currently worth over EUR 35 billion annually. SDGs have also been fully integrated in the recently launched “Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy” (June 2016): the European Union considers that “prosperity must be shared and requires fulfilling the SDGs worldwide, including in Europe”. The EU therefore


commits itself to develop coherence in its external action and considers that “the Sustainable Development Goals also represent an opportunity to catalyse such coherence”. The SDG framework will “generate coherence between the internal and external dimensions of EU’s policies […] and encourage joint analysis and engagement across Commission services, institutions and Member States.” In Pakistan, European Union’s bilateral assistance (EUR 653 million for 20142020) is focusing on 3 sectors which are all relevant to the SDGs: 1) rural development, energy and nutrition, 2) education and vocational training, and 3) Governance, human rights and rule of law. All EU-funded projects are designed by ensuring their contribution to the relevant SDGs. The EU has been a close partner of Pakistan for many year working closely with the Government, the private sector and the civil society to tackle the challenges the country faces. We will continue this strong partnership, in cooperation with the United Nations, ensuring that our assistance contributes to Pakistan achieving the SDGs for the benefit of each citizen of this country. Let me conclude by thanking AFP and the UN Information Centre in Islamabad for their tireless efforts in organising this exhibition. Jean-François Cautain, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan

France, AFP and the Sustainable Development Goals It gives me great pleasure to present the photo exhibition “Pakistan: Sustaining development - Human Stories through Photography”. What medium could be better than photography to express ideas! AFP has long been associated with excellence: one of the world’s leading news agencies, it is also one of the oldest, founded by Charles Havas in 1835. Today it benefits from total independence as its 1.575 journalists relay news in 200 bureaus, located in 150 countries. They produce information in six languages and 3,000 photographs a day. It was in 1985 that the international photo department was launched, continuing the tradition of excellence. Four AFP photojournalists have won prizes in the 2016 World Press Photo awards. The previous year, AFP photojournalist Bülent Kiliç had received first and third prizes in the category Spot News Single at the annual World Press Photo Awards. In 2014, Philippe Lopez and Jeff Pachoud won first prize in the categories “spot news single” and “sport feature single” in the international photo competition. Photographer Massoud Hossaini was also recognised with one of America’s most prestigious journalism awards, the Pulitzer Prize, for his AFP picture of a girl in tears after a suicide bombing in Kabul in December 2011. More recently, in 2013 Javier Manzano, a freelance photographer working for AFP, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for a photograph of two Syrian rebels guarding their position in the embattled city of Aleppo. Time Magazine chose an image taken by Philippe Lopez in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on November 18, 2013 as one of its top ten photos of the year.

climate change. France has conducted the negotiations that led to the “Paris Agreement” during the COP 21, and it continues paving the way to the COP 22 that will take place in Marrakech in November 2016. We are also concerned with all 17 SDGs and more particularly “Good health and well-being” in promoting the Global Fund to fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The combination of AFP talent and UN determination made this exhibition possible. The French Embassy in Pakistan is proud to support this initiative and will endeavour to promote it throughout the country with the support of its network of Alliances Françaises in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. I would like to congratulate those who have made this exhibition a success, in particular the AFP bureau in Pakistan, the UN Information Centre as well as the Delegation of the European Union. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France to Pakistan

As such, it was natural for AFP to team up with the United Nations in Pakistan to organise this photo exhibition. Promoting and raising awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals is a top priority for the UN in Pakistan. This is also a priority for the French Embassy in Pakistan, which has worked steadily in 2015 and 2016 to tackle


A girl holding her younger brother outside a health centre at Jumo Chohan village outskirt of Dadu district of southern Sindh province, Pakistan. afp photo / asif hassan


End poverty in all its forms everywhere

UNDP helped Pakistan localize the SDG commitments and transform them into actionable plans. To implement these plans, we are helping establish SDG Units to adapt the goals to local circumstances in each province, incorporate them into development plans, generate data for evidence-based planning, and help parliamentarians oversee and coordinate progress.

Tracy Vienings, UNDP Country Director

A Pakistani boy carries some ice while walking through rubbish at Machar slum area of Karachi. Most waste is usually thrown away on empty plots next to people’s houses, increasing the pollution and risk of diseases. afp photo / behrouz mehri


A Pakistani vendor arranges apples on his donkey cart in Lahore. High food prices have derailed ambitious aims to slash extreme poverty and hunger across the world. afp photo / arif ali


Crows fly past buffaloes at sunrise on the outskirts of Lahore. afp photo / arif ali


Pakistani girls queue for donated food at the courtyard of the shrine of Sufi Saint Bari Imam. afp photo / behrouz mehri


A Pakistani girl receives donated food at the courtyard of the shrine of Sufi Saint Bari Imam. afp photo / behrouz mehri


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

The World Food Programme (WFP) is primarily focused on SDG2 – Zero Hunger. We achieve this through food security interventions and improved nutrition as well as working with our partners in addressing, in particular, SDG1-No Poverty, SDG4-Quality Education, SDG5-Gender Equality, SDG11-Sustainable Communities and SDG17-Partnership. Only together can we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Stephen Gluning, Acting Country Director WFP Pakistan

The agriculture lands of Pakistan, nursed by the Indus River, are very productive. The challenge across the varied landscapes of Pakistan is access to sufficient food to meet everyone’s nutritional needs throughout the year. Until food and nutrition security are realized for the people of Pakistan,“Zero Hunger” must be on the agenda and actively addressed. Patrick T. Evans , FAO Representative.

A Pakistani farmer feeds buffaloes at a farm in Lahore. Pakistan is among the largest milk-producing countries in the world. afp photo / arif ali


A woman displaced by flooding kneads flour at Sultan colony camp. afp photo / carl de souza


Farmers plant rice in a paddy field in the outskirts of Lahore. Around 68 percent of Pakistan’s population depends on agriculture for their livelihood, with the agricultural sector contributing nearly a fourth of the country’s GDP. afp photo / arif ali


A Pakistani farmer harvests sunflowers in a field in Nankana Sahib. afp photo / arif ali



Needy Pakistani people get free food outside a shrine in Lahore. afp photo / arif ali

A Pakistani vegetable vendor sells carrots at a market in Lahore. afp photo / arif ali


A Pakistani infant is being weighed at a health center in Shikarpur district in southern Sindh province. afp photo / asif hassan

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages The prominent use of visuals and imagery in the context of the SDGs is an excellent initiative, very much supported and appreciated by WHO. These images will take the find of firm stands words and statistics may not be able to reach. This is for the benefit of public health in Pakistan with regard to SDG 3 WHO is leading and committed to. Dr Michel Thieren, WHO Representative in Pakistan.

UNAIDS in Pakistan firmly acknowledges the need to root the HIV response in Agenda 2030, recognizing interdependence between HIV and SDGs, from ending poverty (SDG1), ensuring health lives (SDG3), achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls (SDG5) promoting inclusive societies (SDG16) and strengthening partnerships (SDG17) so to leave no one behind. Dr. Mamadou L. Sakho, UNAIDS Country Director for Pakistan & Afghanistan.

UNFPA works with Government and partners to bring together all efforts to promote sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, including family planning, and empowering women and girls, particularly youth, and helps policy-makers to develop policies and programs based on high-quality data and analysis and grounded in a firm understanding of population dynamics. Hassan Mohtashami, Country Representative UNFPA.


A Pakistani health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign in Rawalpindi. afp photo / farooq naeem



An Afghan refugee woman carries her child at a special medical camp. afp photo / farooq naeem

A Pakistani drug user injects heroin into a fellow addict on the roadside in Karachi. afp photo / rizwan tabassum


Volunteers giving medical check up of a child during a screening session at Jumo Chohan village outskirt of Dadu district in southern Sindh province. afp photo / asif hassan


A Pakistani woman along with her children waiting for her turn for medical checkup at a health centre in the town of Dadu in southern Sindh province. afp photo / asif hassan


Kalash students attend a class at a school in the Brun village of Bumboret valley. afp photo / farooq naeem


Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

UNESCO believes that quality of education is a fundamental building block for sustainable development and is promoting lifelong, inclusive quality education through formal and non-formal approaches. UNESCO with sister UN agencies have conducted provincial consultations to raise awareness on SDG 4 and discuss strategies for Pakistan to reach goal 4 by 2030. UNESCO’s work aims at promoting gender equality, a culture of peace, cultural and environmental sustainability through innovative programs to cope with climate change as well as at promoting freedom of expression and access to information. Our joint efforts with other UN agencies, are contributing to “building peace in the minds of people. Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan

UNICEF works to ensure that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. The SDGs provide the best opportunity to achieve real results and real progress for children, especially the most disadvantaged and marginalized, addressing key drivers of child wellbeing. Ms. Angela Kearney, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan.

Pakistani teacher leading a class of girls at a school in Mingora, the main town of Swat valley. afp photo / a. majeed


Pakistani school children learn in a class at a school in Peshawar. afp photo / a. majeed


Pakistani children attend a class in a school in Quetta. afp photo / banaras khan



Community members attend a training session in a school in Quetta aiming to promote public- private and community partnerships to improve access to quality primary education, in particular for girls. afp photo / banaras khan

Pakistani activists place candles and the national flag around a cake in celebration of child education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai during an event in Islamabad. afp photo / aamir qureshi


Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Gender equality is the biggest transformer and enabler for achieving sustainable development. UN Women is working on no woman or girl is left behind; their contribution and leadership are central to achieving each of the 17 goals for ending poverty, inequality and to achieve gender justice and prosperity for all. Jamshed M kazi, Country Representative, UN WOMEN-Pakistan.

Pakistani carpenters work at their woodshop in Altit village in the northern Hunza valley. Breaking taboos and pursuing jobs traditionally done by men, the first batch of women to train as high altitude guides at northern Pakistan’s remote Shimshal Mountaineering School are preparing to put four years of hard study to the test. afp photo / aamir qureshi


An 8-year old girl handles mud to make bricks at a brick factory in Rawalpindi, on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad. Families trapped in bonded labour agreements all work together, the men and women preparing the clay and making bricks while the children gather them and ferry the building materials in the hazardous kiln area. afp photo / nicolas asfouri


A women in Pakistan Administered Kashmir receives training for developing small poultry farming. afp photo / sajjad qayyum


Pakistani women at a religious ceremony. afp photo / arif ali



A Pakistani acid attack survivor praying at the Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness in Rawalpindi on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad. Pakistani women in rural areas are frequently the victims of acid attacks, either by men who are refused proposals for marriage or by their own male relatives who accuse them of bringing shame on their families. afp photo / nicolas asfouri

A Pakistani victim of domestic violence poses for a photograph in Mansehra. afp photo / farooq naeem



A Pakistani woman fills a water pot from a well outside her home in Islamabad. afp photo / farooq naeem

Achieving SDG 6 requires effective, equitable investment for the most disadvantaged. This can only happen if the most deprived children are kept at the heart of the agenda. The Government can count on UNICEF’s continuing support to ensure proper planning, implementation and monitoring of progress towards achieving the water and sanitation goal. Angela Kearney, UNICEF Representative

Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Pakistani youths cool off in a stream during hot weather on the outskirts of Islamabad on April 29, 2016. afp photo / aamir qureshi


A Pakistan man shaves in polluted water at a slum in Islamabad. afp photo / aamir qureshi

Pakistani residents carry water pots along the banks of the Ravi river on the outskirts of Lahore. afp photo / arif ali




A Pakistani resident waiting beside jerry cans to get drinking water from a state-run water tap on the outskirts of Quetta. afp photo / banaras khan

Pakistani men carry jerry cans as they walk along a water pipeline in Karachi. afp photo / asif hassan


Pakistani technicians install a wind turbine on the subtropical island of Kharochhan, a land of creeks and mangroves couched on the cyclone belt of the Arabian Sea where homes and businesses are powered with wind turbines, saving the eco system and improving their quality of life. afp photo / rizwan tabassum


Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

An activist holds a light bulb in her mouth during a rally in Lahore against widespread electricity shortages in the country. afp photo / arif ali


Engineers and consultants inspect a line of electricity generating solar panels, in Islamabad. afp photo / bay ismoyo


Engineer and consultants monitor a solar electricity generator system display showing the reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide from being released, through the use of renewable energy, in Islamabad. afp photo / bay ismoyo


This aerial view shows water leaving the Tarbela Dam spillway in Tarbell. afp photo / farooq naeem

Pakistani technicians work on high voltage power lines in Lahore. Pakistan faces a crippling energy crisis, as it is only able to produce about 80 percent of the electricity it needs, causing debilitating blackouts. afp photo / arif ali 48



The ILO works with the federal and provincial governments, and representatives of both workers and employers, to achieve decent work for all in Pakistan. Focusing on gender equality, decent work, economic growth and industry, rights and sustainable development, we all strive together for a prosperous, more equal and a peaceful Pakistan. Ingrid Christensen, ILO Country Director

Pakistani women labourers carry crushed stones on a road construction site, from Wazirabad to Daska, some 193 kilometres (120 miles) southeast of Islamabad. afp photo / aamir qureshi

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

A Pakistani female student making fabrics at a factory in the town of Charsadda, in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. afp photo / a majeed



A brick factory in Rawalpindi, on the outskirts of capital Islamabad. afp photo / nicolas asfouri

A shipyard worker is enveloped in the fumes coming off a separating wall he is cutting through with his blow torch inside the hull of a ship being dismantled in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, some 40Kms west of Karachi. afp photo / roberto schmidt



A boy works at a brick factory in Rawalpindi, on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad. Families trapped in bonded labour agreements all work together, the men and women preparing the clay and making bricks while the children gather them and ferry the building materials in the hazardous kiln area. afp photo / nicolas asfouri

A Pakistani labourer works at a silk factory in Mingora, the capital of Swat Valley. afp photo / aamir qureshi



Pakistani employees of an online marketplace company at work in Karachi. Women are seeing the benefits, but e-commerce presents potentially an even greater opportunity for young people in a country where roughly two thirds of the population – of around 200 million – are estimated to be under the age of 30. afp photo / asif hassan

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Pakistani students and team members of Robotics and Intelligence Systems Engineering (RISE) programme their robot football players in the engineering department of The National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad. afp photo / aamir qureshi

The mandate of the UNIDO is to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) to achieve shared prosperity & environmental sustainability. ISID is included in the SDGs, namely Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. UNIDO’s mandate echoes SDG9, but also aligns with many other development goals, credited with promoting value addition, realizing productivity gains,

creating jobs, poverty reduction, enhancing international trade competitiveness, building efficient and effective productive economic diversification, and building green industries. Mr. Esam Alqararah,

UNIDO Representative to Pakistan.



A Pakistani employee working at a textile factory in Karachi. The textiles sector is one of the key drivers of the Pakistani economy, accounting for 55 percent of all exports and 38 percent of the workforce, according to official figures. afp photo / asif hassan

Pakistani labourers work by a smelter at an iron forge in Lahore. afp photo / arif ali



Pakistani employees at work at a textile factory in Faisalabad. Spinning yarn into cloth has long been a rare path to fortune in Pakistan. afp photo / aamir qureshi

A Pakistani student doing wood work at a Ummah Vocational Training Institute in the town of Akora Khattak, in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. afp photo / a majeed



Students and social activists perform at a community based theater in Karachi to highlight women’s rights. afp photo / asif hassan

Reduce inequity within and among countries

A displaced Pakistani man plays with his baby in the Chota Lahore camp at Swabi district, some 150 km northwest of Islamabad. afp photo / pedro ugarte

When we speak of migrants, we are speaking of people. And our responses to migrants must place people at the centre. Honoring the dignity of the migrant should be seen as honoring human dignity. And destiny. This is a reaffirmation of IOM’s commitments in the Sustainable Development Agenda, where we collectively agree to leave no one behind.

The explicit inclusion of refugees into the sustainable development agenda signals a growing recognition of the link between development and displacement challenges. While all SDGs are applicable to protracted refugee situations, UNHCR in Pakistan prioritizes efforts to build resilience, empowerment and potential for solutions through SDG 3 and SDG 4.

Davide Terzi,

Indrika Ratwatte,

IOM’s Chief of Mission.

Representative, UNHCR Pakistan.



Pakistani transgenders carry placards as they rally to mark World Aids Day in Karachi. World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 every year to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. afp photo / asif hassan

Pakistani window cleaners work on the facade of a building in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. afp photo / rene slama


A Pakistani migrant poses as migrants and refugees disembark from a government chartered ferry in the port of Piraeus in Athens. afp photo / louisa gouliamaki


An Afghan refugee family sitting at the UNHCR registration center on the outskirts of Peshawar before their departure to their home country. afp photo / a. majeed



An UN helicopter drops relief goods boxes to Pakistanis displaced by floods on higher ground in the flood-hit Chandan village, district Dadu. afp photo / rizwan tabassum

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Pakistani students climb on a passenger bus on a high way in Islamabad. afp photo / asif hassan



Pakistani flood survivors try to catch food bags from an helicopter in Lal Pir. afp photo / arif ali

Pakistani children enjoy a ride on a merry-go-round on heaps of garbage in a slum area of Karachi. afp photo / asif hassan


UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meeting with a flood affected victim, in the village of Mohib Bandi, on the outskirts of Nowshera in 2010. Ms. Jolie has visited Pakistan’s northwest to draw the world’s attention towards the plight of 21 million people affected by the country’s worst-ever floods. afp photo / unhcr / jason tanner


Pakistan cultural heritage: the Badshahi Masjid in Lahore. afp photo / arif ali


A Pakistani boy runs in a garbage dump in a slum area of Lahore on December 29, 2010. afp photo / arif ali

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


A Pakistani boy collects food from a garbage dump in Islamabad. afp photo / farooq naeem


Pakistani children walk across an improvised bridge placed above a drain full of rubbish in a slum area of Karachi. afp photo / rizwan tabassum


Displaced Pakistani children receive 10 Pakistani rupees as part of Eid Al-Fitr packages at a camp in Sukkur. afp photo / adek berry


A Pakistani woodcutter picks a log to cut at a wood and charcoal supplier in the capital Islamabad. afp photo / behrouz mehri

Tourists explore the vastness of Lake Saiful Muluk in the Kaghan Valley of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. Saiful Muluk, is surrounded by multiple glaciers all around the high basin which feed the lake. afp photo / asif hassan



Fog spreads accross an agriculture field in the early morning on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Lahore. afp photo / arif ali

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

A general view of Passu glacier is seen in Pakistan’s Gojal Valley. afp photo / aamir qureshi 80



A Pakistani flood survivor carries a mat in a waterlogged area of Nowshera. afp photo / a majeed

A Pakistani man rests on a bench amongst floodwater after heavy monsoon rain in Lahore. afp photo / arif ali


A Pakistani man walks over cracks due to the water shortage at Rawal Lake in Islamabad. afp photo / aamir qureshi


International and Pakistani cyclists ride during the second stage of the Himalayas 2011 International Mountain bike Race in the mountainous area of Lake Saif-ulMaluk in Pakistan’s region of Naran in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. afp photo / aamir qureshi



A Pakistani worker pulls on a wire he will connect to a thick chain that will in turn be used to peel away a slab of the outer structure of a beached vessel in one of the 127 shipbreaking plots in Geddani, some 40Kms west of Karachi. afp photo / roberto schmidt

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

A Pakistani wildlife conservator releases green turtle hatchlings into the waters of the Arabian Sea, near Karachi. afp photo / aamir qureshi


Fishing boats are seen moored at a harbour along the Arabian Sea in Karachi. afp photo / asif hassan


Pakistani boatmen travelling on a boat loaded with chopped mangroves along a tributary close to the Arabian Sea in Karachi. Thick mangroves have long protected Karachi, southern Pakistan’s sprawling metropolis, from battering by the Arabian Sea, but pollution, badly managed irrigation and years of illegal logging have left this natural barrier in a parlous state. afp photo / asif hassan 89

Pakistani fishermen preparing their boats before a fishing trip in Rerhy in the outskirts of Karachi. afp photo / asif hassan


A Pakistani shipyard worker climbs an anchor chain securing a vessel beached and being dismantled at one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, some 40Kms west of Karachi. afp photo / roberto schmidt



Pakistani children play near the Ravi river in Lahore. afp photo / arif ali

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation,halt biodiversity loss



Pakistani villagers travel on a horse-cart in the outskirts of Lahore. afp photo / arif ali

Pakistani villagers lead livestock to find food in the drought-hit Suram village of Tharparkar district in southern Sindh province. afp photo / rizwan tabassum



A narrow strip of land serves as refuge near Khairpur Nathan Shah town in Sindh province, surrounded by floods. afp photo / carl de souza

View from the Baltit fort in Karimabad, a town of the northern Hunza valley. afp photo / aamir qureshi


UN peacekeepers at their arrival in Kundanpur on a fact-finding mission. afp photo / aamir qureshi

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Countries cannot realize their full potential without peace and justice. One of the targets of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere. UN peacekeeping missions are contributing to this target by helping conflict torn countries create conditions for sustainable peace. Major General Per Lodin,

Head of Mission, UNMOGIP.

UNODC supports Targets under SDG 16 and in particular: drug prevention / treatment SDG 3 Target 16.1, HIV prevention / treatment using drugs in prisons SDG 3. Prevention and response to violence against women SDG 5, violence against children Target 16.2. Access to justice is a focus area in UNODC’s work on crime prevention, criminal Justice, fairness, accountability, corruption and terrorism. Cesar Guedes,


Representative, UNODC Pakistan.

A Pakistani girl of Hazara community lights a candle during a tribute ceremony in Quetta. afp photo / banaras khan


Pakistani UN Peacekeeping forces soldiers watch a helicopter at the airstrip of Bunyakiri base, in South Kivu Province. afp photo / jose cendon


Pakistani peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) arriving in Bangui. afp photo / un / catianne tijernina


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits displaced people at the Sultan Colony, near the city of Multan, in August 2010. afp photo / un photo / evan schneider

A girl looks over a wall at the end of her work day at a brick factory in Rawalpindi, on the outskirts of capital Islamabad. afp photo / nicolas asfouri



Pakistani schoolgirls attend a computer class at a school in Muzaffarabad. afp photo / sajjad qayyum

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development A Pakistani worker inspects a football ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014 at a factory in Sialkot. afp photo / aamir qureshi




Pakistani women walk on a foot bridge at Budhay Ni Bari village Sudhnoti district of Pakistani. afp photo / sajjad qayyum

Pakistani commuters travel in a metro bus in the provincial capital Lahore. afp photo / arif ali


Pakistani workers prepare solar energy light panels on a road divider in Islamabad. afp photo / aamir qureshi


Mango is the second largest fruit crop of Pakistan. afp photo / s. s. mirza


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Pakistan sustaining development - catalogue  

Pakistan sustaining development - catalogue