ISLAMABAD— Vittorio Cammarota, Director United Nations Information Centre, Islamabad on Friday said that the second issue of the United Nations Pakistan magazine for 2017 focuses on women’s empowerment.

“Following International Women’s Day 2017, celebrated across the globe and in Pakistan, we bring you features touching upon the transformative role of women in society, the paramount importance of providing them with equal rights and the UN’s progress in facilitating this, through initiatives such as the gripping anti-violence ‘Beatme’ campaign to end domestic abuse,” he said.

“Nobel Laureate, and young Pakistani woman Malala Yousafzai was also appointed as United Nations Messenger of Peace this month. Her mission will particularly focus on girls’ education, and her designation means she will be fulfilling the function of role model for other young girls in the future,” he said.

“This edition includes inspiring messages from women in the media scenario, voiced at a panel discussion on the challenges they face, and on how to pave the way forward. Also featured are first-hand stories from young women having benefited and gained skills from various UN initiatives such as UNDP’s Youth and Social Cohesion Project, UNESCO’s Girls Right to Education Programme, or the UNHCR Deutsche Akademische Flüchtlings Initiative,” he added.

“In light of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, proclaimed by World Leaders for 2016-2025, this issue’s special feature puts the spotlight on nutrition in Pakistan, and concerted efforts towards tackling malnutrition,” he added.

Cammarota underlined that, “The Nutrition Decade marks a new vision, momentum, and direction in global action to address challenges, and initiatives such as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, a collaborative movement under the leadership of Nutrition Section of the Ministry of Planning Development and Reform, are emphasized as important ways to start accelerating efforts.”

He informed that, “A joint WHO-SUN Movement mission visited Islamabad this month and held meetings with the political leadership influencing the work on nutrition in Pakistan. The members of the mission were pleased to note high political commitment from all state actors and reiterated their continued support in tackling the malnutrition burden in the country.”

“I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the UN Communications Group and the UN Country Team for their continued support for this magazine and for working in partnership to communicate and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan,” he concluded.—DNA


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