Oct 17

After Madonna, Angelina Jolie shows her support for Malala Yousafzai

New York: Hollywood actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has showed her support for Malala Yousafzai, suggesting that the Pakistani child activist should “be given serious consideration” for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.Angelina Malala

“After reading the article, I felt compelled to share Malala’s story with my children,” Jolie writes in The Daily Beast. “It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only ‘crime’ was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school.”

Malala is undergoing treatment in the UK after being shot in the head last week. She is said to be making a ‘good recovery’.

Jolie writes her “children asked, ‘Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?’ I answered, ‘because an education is a powerful thing’”.

Malala, the daughter of a school principal, has been blogging for the BBC since 2011, writing about her daily life fighting to end inequality in Pakistan.

(source thenewstribe)

Jul 28

United Nations Ambassador Hadiqa Kianai visits Thatta

Karachi: United Nations Development Programme’s National Goodwill Ambassador, Hadiqa Kiani visited communities of district Thatta of Sindh Province and interacted with village women, children, elders and other beneficiaries of UNDP support in restoring their socio-economic conditions with enhanced sustainability and disaster-resilience.HADIQA KIANI

Hadiqa was accompanied by the UNDP team led by the Country Director, Toshihiro Tanaka as well as local implementing partner representatives from Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan and Sindh Rural Support Program (SRSP).

The localities visited included Makli, Allahdino Khaskheli and Suleman Jutt village. Thatta is among the 29 districts affected by floods in 2010 where UNDP has implemented an Early Recovery programme through financial support from the Government of Japan, EU, USAID, AusAid, Government of Italy, Government of Kuwait and COFRA foundation.

Hadiqa visited the display centre for handicrafts produced by beneficiaries of Makli. The centre was established through HANDS for enhancing the linkages of local village women groups with the main markets of Thatta city.

Hadiqa and the UNDP team were also welcomed by the children, members of community and disaster risk management committee of the village Suleman Jutt supported through SRSP.

One of the main objectives of the visit was to highlight the importance of linking Early Recovery interventions with climate change mitigation, adaptation strategy and disaster management at the community level.

In this regard, Hadiqa visited the biogas plants established through WWF which provide rural poor families with sustainable access to alternate renewable energy, which is clean and requires no running cost.

She also interacted with the staff of Disaster Management Center established by HANDS. This center has provided capacity building support to the communities and strengthened the preparedness and ability to respond to any possible disasters.

Addressing a community gathering, Hadiqa said, “I am pleased to meet all of you. I appreciate UNDP’s efforts in introducing environmental awareness and the ability to respond to any future disasters.”

She also underlined the importance of disaster risk reduction and environment. “I am impressed by the efforts of the communities which have shown resilience and cooperation in rebuilding their lives”.

Hadiqa previously led the campaign with UNDP to raise awareness about environmental issues.

“We are grateful to Hadiqa for her personal commitment and selfless efforts in helping the disaster-hit communities. She is a wonderful and admirable person and demonstrates a role model for Pakistani youth to follow,” said Toshihiro Tanaka, UNDP Country Director.

“In partnership with UN agencies, NGOs, donors and the Government, we will continue to give support to local and national capacity building in creating more resilient and sustainable society that adapt and mitigate climate change risks through community based disaster risk management and providing sustainable renewable energy.”