APF@UN enables Pakistani organizations to share their best practices at the United Nations to contribute to the sustainable development framework based on their direct experience serving some of the neediest in Pakistan. A joint collaboration with FESF, which runs DeafReach schools in Pakistan, the initiative is the first of its kind to bridge this gap.
Prof. Ameena M. Zia
APF@UN Chair, Professor Ameena M. Zia has dedicates her time to this initiative by seeking out involvement and representation opportunities for Pakistani NGOs at UN entities, while growing the effort by enabling the community, especially youth to contribute. She has also sought out press coverage to help highlight development efforts by individuals and organizations.
APF@UN facilitates interactions between Pakistan civil society organizations and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) as part of the Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System. APF@UN reserves accreditation with the Civil Society Network, in association with the UN agencies, funds, and programs,
APF@UN is a joint collaboration between Family Education Services Foundation (FESF) and the American Pakistan Foundation (APF). FESF holds a Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations in accordance to Article 71 of the UN Charter (ECOSOC resolution 1996/31) & APF holds accreditation with the Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Relations Status at the United Nations.
UNGA Week Intervention
APF & FESF presented an intervention with recommendations by Pakistani civil society organizations at a UN General Assembly event featuring 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 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Leymah Gbowee. APF also participated in the 70th UN General Assembly 2nd Committee High Level Political Forum.
Paris Agreement Signing
APF Team Member and Sustainable Architect, Farah Ahmad represented APF at the Paris Agreement signing alongside 175 world leaders at the United Nations.
54th Committee for Social Development (CSocD54)
APF organized a series of four dialogues for the 54th Committee for Social Development with partner NGOs on “Global Goals and Pakistan” in Karachi, Lahore, Stony Brook (NY) and the United Nations Headquarters.
APF@UN Event at the UN: “Rethinking Social Development in Pakistan through Partnerships” – side event at 54th Commission on Social Development
Panelists represented Deaf Reach Schools & Training Centers, The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Developments in Literacy (DIL), Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS), doctHERs, and Naya Jeevan. Discussions centered on the importance of working through partnerships in order to achieve long term sustainability for their projects. Each organization highlighted their joint partnerships with the private sector, provincial governments, and other civil society organizations.
The Karachi event at IBA at the MUNXII was organized by the Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOWPDP).
The Lahore event was organized by Youth Advocacy Network, Pakistan.
The Stony Brook, NY event was organized by Pakistanis 4 Social Change.
APF@UN CSW Youth Forum Delegation
APF@UN submitted a statement with FESF for 60th Commitee on the Status of Women (CSW60) and collaborated with NGOs on the ground in Pakistan working on gender equality to attend the CSW Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters. The organizations represented included: Youth Advocacy Network, Lahore; Muslims for Progressive Values; Girl Be Heard; and others. The delegation also included APF@UN members from the NYC area. The delegation was featured in three newspapers: Nawaiwaqt, Sada-E-Pakistan, and Daily Express and on a Pakistani television network.
Launched the Global Goals Campaign in partnership with UNICEF, Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and the World’s Largest Lesson
APF affiliate NGO schools were urged to integrate the World’s Largest Lesson into current lesson plans (at different grade levels). FESF schools across Pakistan incorporated the World’s Largest Lesson into curricula at various grade levels.
World Summit on Information Society (WSIS+10) negotiations
Submitted joint Pakistan NGO written recommendations with FESF
Presented an oral statement at the UN General Assembly 2nd Committee Information Consultations
Oral statement delivered at UN General Assembly’s 2nd Committee High Level Political Forum
A Call to Action on Gender Equality Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in the ECOSOC Chambers
UN Solutions Summit
15th Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD15)
UNESCO Report on World Trends in Freedom of Expression
65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference: 2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda
UN Academic Impact Conversation Series: “Women, Science and our Globalized World
Where would the (proposed) SDGs be without Civil Society? And Where Do We Go From Here
World Humanity Day
Opening of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)
Art as a Tool for Conflict Preservation and Reconciliation
Understanding Human Trafficking through the Lens of Civil Society: Awareness, Advocacy, Action
UN Secretary General’s Global Initiative on Education
Global Education First Initiative
The Brightest Hope: Education and Innovation in Emergencies