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Pakistani delegation arrives for IPU-UN hearing on world drug problem -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 (APP): A two-member Pakistan parliamentary  delegation has arrived in New York to participate in a hearing at United Nations Headquarters organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the U.N. on the world drug problem.The delegation is composed of National Assembly members -- Nawab Yousuf Talpur (leader) and Ms. Asiya Nasir.


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NEW YORK, Feb 7 (APP): New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation after an apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public was not at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York,  reported that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater under the facility.



Highly radioactive leak found at N.Y. nuclear plant -
NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (APP): New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation after an apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public is not at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York, reported that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater under the facility.


UNSC to hold emergency meeting on North Korea missile launch -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 (APP): The United Nations Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean missile launch, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Pyongyang to  halt its "provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations. Following a request by United States, Japan and South Korea, the 15-nation Council  will hold closed-door consultations on Sunday, the U.N. press office said.



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35th CAS Open Golf Championship from February 11-14
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PCB seeks more time in announcing T20 squads
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WI stun Pak to storms in ICC World U19 CWC despite Umairs' ton
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Indo-Pak Friendship Cup Snooker series would be revived: Alamgir
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Lianna grabs another medal
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Country’s environment deteriorating: UNDP PDF Print E-mail

ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has warned against deteriorating environment in Pakistan and impending crisis in coming decade.

“The state of the country’s environment and resources is deteriorating and in some areas will reach a crisis point in the coming decade,” mentioned UNDP in its recent findings.

The UN body foresaw mounting pressure on natural resources of the country like ecology including extensive mountains, desert, wetland and coastal ecosystems that support distinct and diverse biological communities.

The findings mentioned that the well-being, security and prosperity of current and future generations (160 million +3% each year) depend ultimately on these 800,000 square kilometres of land, water, air and biodiversity resources.

“The country’s natural assets need to be protected so that the future generations can benefit from them,” it stated.

The UNDP’s Human Development Report for this year has also warned that ‘for millions of the world’s poorest people climate change is not a future scenario-it is already undermining their efforts to escape poverty and reinforcing their vulnerability.’

“Unhealthy and dangerous environmental conditions - qualities of air, water, food, housing, land - are commonplace for people living and working in Pakistan’s cities and industrial areas,” it observed.

The UN body has recommended to control pollution and degradation of environment or reduced at source, through better planning regulations and stronger safeguards on water, air and land use.

“Although there is a lot of activity, environmental interventions are fragmented and lack strategic direction in Pakistan,” it further stated.

The analysis conducted by UN confirms the value of integrated rather than insular approaches to the management of environment issues. These require coordinated mechanisms and actions for a national response.

The United Nations has also launched One UN Pilot in Pakistan that provides an opportunity for future work programming, allowing for convergence towards integrated approaches.

The actual results would only be obvious in the coming years, but it is important to move from “fragmentation to coherence” for making environmental sustainability a reality in Pakistan.

 
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