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UNDP Pakistan names mountaineer Samina Baig National Goodwill Ambassador

Mountaineer Samina Baig has been appointed UNDP’s National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan on Monday.

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has named Samina Baig National Goodwill Ambassador to Pakistan. The first Muslim woman to climb Mount Everest was appointed as National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan during an event held at Islamabad Serena Hotel on Monday.

As the UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan, Samina Baig will lead efforts to build national awareness and partnerships around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to climate change, environmental protection and women’s empowerment.

UNDP names mountaineer Samina Baig National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan

Samina Baig poses with UNDP officials during the signing ceremony.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan, Neil Buhne said “Pakistan is amongst the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Preparing for its effects, and instituting environmental protections, will safeguard economic development for future generations.

He added “Moreover, half of Pakistan’s population, its women, are under-represented in education, the workforce and in decision-making. Empowering women to play their full role in society is not only an ethical imperative, it is essential for sustainable development.

Neil Buhne highlighted that UNDP’s National Goodwill Ambassadors are leaders in their societies and role models for all.

Samina Baig and UNDP Pakistan Country Director Ignacio Artaza

Samina Baig in discussion with NDP Pakistan Country Director Ignacio Artaza

UNDP Pakistan Country Director Ignacio Artaza highlighted the responsibilities of Samina Baig as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan. “As the National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan, Ms. Baig will use her profile to shine a light on the issues that shape Pakistan’s future, and build the partnerships required to address them,” he said.

While talking to the audience at the signing ceremony Samina Baig said “With my brother, I have experienced a significant impact of global warming and climate change on our mother earth. I am honored to be the national goodwill Ambassador of UNDP to spread the voice to take a serious step to counter global warming and raise voice to empower young girls to climb the highest level within their field of profession.”

UNDP names mountaineer Samina Baig National Goodwill Ambassador For Pakistan

Samina Baig talks during UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador to Pakistan appointment ceremony.

Samina Baig was born and raised in Shimshal Valley in the Hunza district, Gilgit-Baltistan. At the age of 22, she became the first Pakistan women to climb world’s highest peak. A year after she scaled Mount Everest, she successfully climbed the highest peaks in every continent.

Samina Baig’s attempt to summit K2 was abandoned due to an unfortunate injury that left her in bed for several weeks.

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Four including two brothers killed in an avalanche in Drosh, Chitral

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At least four people have been killed in an avalanche in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s largest district of Chitral.  According to Khursheed Alam, the Deputy Commissioner Chitral, four dead bodies have been recovered. The avalanche occurred at around 3:00 AM on Sunday in Gorin Gol, an area in Shishikoh union council of Drosh, Chitral.

Abdul Wali Khan, the Assistant Commissioner Drosh, personally participated in the efforts for recoveries of bodies. Chitral Levies, local police, 1122 personnel, and community volunteers were engaged to recover the dead bodies. The rescue officials faced difficulties in transporting the injured to nearby hospitals due to blockage of roads. Pakistan Army had provided a helicopter for the rescue of the injured.

Earlier, Rescue 1122 personnel and volunteers rushed to the Shishikoh after over a dozen people went missing following a snow avalanche. Drosh region of Chitral received heavy snowfall since last Tuesday.

DC Chitral said in a press release that people were trapped beneath a thick mass of snow after the avalanche hit a village in Shishikoh’s Gorin Gol area.

The avalanche hit eight homes at around 3:00 AM said Sheema Ayub Khan, a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA).

She added that three people have been rescued from the snow while at least three more were still trapped.

At least 10 people have been safely evacuated who were trapped under the avalanche.

The dead have been recognized as Momin s/o Khaista Khan, Amirzada s/o Khaista Khan, Saad Malook s/o Bahadur and Usman s/o Gul Mohammad.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat invests in building capacities of its Search and Rescue Teams

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) invests in building capacities of its Search and Rescue Teams (SART)

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), collaborated with the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) and the Punjab Emergency Service to organize a certification course for its Search and Rescue Teams (SARTs) in Lahore. The training, which was attended by 26 SART members, including men and women, aimed to develop skills for urban search and rescue, water rescue and powered rescue boat.

AKAH has led the development and capacity building of regional SARTs for over two decades. Recognizing the gender sensitivities in disaster response, nearly 35% of the SARTs’ members are women. Trained in light to medium search and rescue techniques according to the International Search and Rescue Response Guidelines (INSARAG), SARTs have actively responded in several national level disasters including: the Astore Earthquake in 2002, the Kashmir Earthquake in 2005, the building collapse in Lyari, Karachi in 2009, and the Attabad Landslide in 2010.

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) invests in building capacities of its Search and Rescue Teams (SART)

Appraising the need to focus on capacity building of SARTs to continue to effectively respond in events of disasters, the CEO of AKAH, Mr. Nawab Ali Khan expressed:

The severe impacts of climate change and the increasing frequency of disasters in Pakistan call for improved capacities of the communities to cope against such disasters. Participation of SARTs in such courses is an essential way to equip their knowledge and skills for quality disaster response”.

While addressing the participants Dr. Rizwan Naseer, (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) Founder Director General of Punjab Emergency Services appreciated the efforts of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for introducing the emergency management services in the country. He particularly appreciated the work of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) in the country. Dr. Rizwan hopes that a long-term partnership with AKDN would further benefit the emergency service in the country particularly in reaching those at risk of disasters.

The seven days long training session would enable the participant to inculcate search and rescue skills as well as would be also assessed as a certified trainer by the trainers from Punjab Emergency Service Academy Lahore and Mr. Peter from AKAH Global.

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