As APF and FESF’s UN Initiative continues to serve as a collective platform for Pakistani NGOs at the United Nations, it works to highlight their successful models, voices civil society local concerns, and provides access to UN based opportunities.
On September 23, 2016 the APF New York Chapter, which oversees the UN Initiative alongside FESF, presented a statement at the 71st UN General Assembly Event, “SDGs COMING TO LIFE: Envisioning a Common Resilient Future”, to highlight the importance of capacity building and strong financial resource streams to implement the development agenda in Pakistan’s civil society. Panelists included UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon; UNDP Chair and the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark; Director General of GSMA, Mats Granryd; and Founder and President of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Leymah Gbowee.
The statement was drafted by the UN Initiative Chair, Ameena M. Zia, as a collaboration with direct input from Family Education Services Foundation, Iqra Fund, and CIRCLE. The UN Initiative was represented by APF team members Jocelyne Jeannot, Muhammad Talal Javed, and Mehreen Saeed. A copy of the statement can be found on our website: http://www.americanpakistan.org/apf-un-activities.
The invitation to present Pakistan civil society feedback at the 71st UN General Assembly was a follow-up to the UN Initiatives’ oral statement at the 70th UN General Assembly’s 2nd Committee High Level Political Forum made in April 2016.
The UN Initiative stressed the need for transparent and inclusive space for people centric, multi-stakeholder participation at all levels of sustainable development including national, regional, global, and thematic. The full statement can be accessed through the UN website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/21176Family%20Education%20Services%20Foundation.pdf