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Series of events planned as United Nations turns 70

Festiv­al to highli­ght role of stakeh­olders involv­ed in humani­tarian work

United Nations headquarters in New York. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

United Nations headquarters in New York. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: On the occasion of the United Nations 70th anniversary, the UN System in Pakistan is planning a festival  to raise awareness about the work of its 19 agencies, funds and programmes and its partners in the country.

“Celebrations are ongoing all over the world, starting from the UN headquarters in New York and extending to all the member states. We are making sure that Pakistan joins this celebration in a very meaningful way,” said UN Information Centre Director Vittorio Cammarota about “United Nations 70: partnering for people’s development” programme.

The festival offers an opportunity for highlighting the role of the many stakeholders involved in the development and humanitarian work in Pakistan, including the government of Pakistan, member states, donor agencies, civil society and the media.

The festival also provides a platform to promote the values of the United Nations among the general public and to enhance outreach to the Pakistani youth by involving them in a number of educational projects.

The festival includes over 15 events that will be held from October 12 to October 22, in several locations across Islamabad and Lahore.

The opening event, planned on 12 October at Lok Virsa in Islamabad, will feature high-level government representatives as well as representatives from the diplomatic corps and the United Nations. It will include a photo exhibition at Lok Virsa, documenting the work of the UN System, in Pakistan entitled “Pakistani People and the United Nations.”

A series of interactive panel discussions featuring UN experts, representatives from member states, government of Pakistan, academia and civil society are also planned.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2015.

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