UNICEF and Punjab Government agree on action for children
Lahore, April 26, 2011: UN children’s agency UNICEF and the Government of Punjab signed a two-year workplan amounting to US$ 38 million to scale-up action for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
In a meeting with government officials led by Punjab Planning and Development Secretary Ali Tahir, incoming UNICEF Pakistan Representative Dan Rohrmann agreed that as UNICEF is present at both National and Province levels before during and after humanitarian crisis’s time is opportune to amplify both recovery and development work.
“We in UNICEF look forward to scaling-up evidence-based interventions in collaboration with the Punjab Government to make a visible and profound change for children. The Government and its sectoral ministries are fully committed to pursuing child rights at an unprecedented scale and demonstrate visible results for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. UNICEF is fully commitmented to partner for achieving these ambitious goals,” Rohrmann said.
The two year plan covers activities in areas such as health, nutrition, education, child protection and water, hygiene & sanitation to the tune of US$ 38 million that will need the support from governmental and intergovernmental partners. The effort will focus on the most vulnerable children in Punjab, over and above key development programmes delivered during the emergency and early recovery phases.of the 2010 floods amounting to US$19 million.
UNICEF, as part of the Delivering As One Joint UN Programme and the Government of Punjab are concerned with the situation of children, and seeks to focus on reducing disparities through proven evidence-based interventions. This is to achieve gains on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in the context of Pakistan’s development and recovery plans.
The UNICEF Representative is traveling across Punjab for the next few days to observe UNICEF and Government of Punjab interventions and discuss with local counterparts and other partners.