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Food and Agricultural Organization

The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity and to better the condition o rural populations. Today, FAO is the largest specialized agency in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 174 Member Nations. Pakistan became a member on 7 September 1947 and the FAO was thus one of the first UN specialized agencies that Pakistan joined.

International Labour Organization

Since its creation as a sovereign state in 1947, Pakistan has been closely associated with the activities of the International Labour Organization. It is represented at the International Labour Conference (held every year in June) through its tripartite delegations, comprising of government as well as workers and employers representatives. The ILO is unique among UN agencies in its tripartite composition. In Pakistan, this structure has been reinforced through the ILO Active Partnership Policy (APP), which helps in bringing the constituents - governments and workers' and employers' organizations even closer in carrying out joint activities. The ILO has been assisting the country through technical cooperation programmes in a wide range of mandate areas such as labour standards, labour administration and industrial relations, human resource development, conditions of work, occupational safety and health, women and gender, child labour and human rights.

United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, is the main advocate for the global action on the epidemic. It leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response aimed at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

The UNDCP mission is to work with the nations and the people of the world to tackle the global drug problem and its consequences by: Alerting the world to the threats posed by drug abuse to individuals,families, communities and institutions; Building and supporting local, national and international partnerships to address drug issues; Promoting snide enhancing efforts to reduce drug abuse, particularly among the young and vulnerable; Strengthening international action against drug production, trafficking and drug-related crime; providing information, analysis and; Expertise on the drug issue; and ensuring adequate supplies of controlled drugs for medical and scientific purposes.

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultral Organization

UNESCO's aim is to advance the educational, scientific and cultural understanding of the peoples of the world, to achieve international peace and promote human values of freedom, dignity and justice. The Organization's continued role is that of a catalytic agent, germinating ideas, as well as stimulating and inspiring change and innovations, through specific programmes and actions in collaboration with the National Commissions, the ministries and government departments, NGOs and private bodies.

United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund began operations in 1969. It is the world's largest internationally funded source of population assistance to developing countries. One fourth of the world's population assistance from donor nations to developing countries is channeled through UNFPA.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Pakistan

UNHCR is involved in many activities in Pakistan, running one of its most complex operations in the world. . In most countries UNHCR provides emergency assistance to newly arriving refugees or maintains refugee camps for extended periods of time or assists refugees to repatriate or helps refugees to be resettled to third countries. In Pakistan it provides all four types of aid at the same time. As well as repatriating Afghans wishing to go home, it cares for the more than one million Afghans refugees living in the refugee camps of Pakistan. It also deals with other nationalities seeking the protection of refugee status, seeks to resettle those for whom return to their homeland or local integration is impossible and works extensively to explain the needs of refugees. UNHCR's education assistance extends beyond working with the government to improve legislation, to providing instruction to officials and the public on the rights of refugees does extensive work to educate the public and government officials on the needs of refugees and Pakistan's obligations.

United Nations Information Centre

UNIC has functional autonomy and is responsible for promoting the activities of the regular UN bodies --including the Security Council and other organs, in a form geared towards local interest. It also supports the public information efforts of specialized UN Agencies and Programmes. The Centre's staff consists of international and national personnel cooperating with other UN entities and striving to project a comprehensive and unified image of the UN in Pakistan. To that effect, UNIC leads a group of 14 public information focal points to coordinate the organization of the UN family's public events.

United Nations Children’s Fund

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to promoting Sustainable Industrial Development in developing economies. UNIDO acts as a catalyst to help generate national economic wealth and raise industrial capacity through our roles as a worldwide forum for industrial development and as a provider of technical cooperation services. As such, we harness the joint forces of government and private sector to foster competitive industrial production, develop international industrial partnerships and promote socially equitable and environmentally friendly industrial production.

World Food Programme

WFP is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security, which is defined as access of all people at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life.1 The policies governing the use of World Food Programme food aid must be oriented towards the objective of eradicating hunger and poverty. The ultimate objective of food aid should be the elimination of the need for food aid.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. It is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, comprising 27 national Save the Children organizations working in more than 100 countries to ensure the well-being of children.


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