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UN urges all states to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as 'critical step on road to nuclear-free world -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty.


Maleeha highlights Pakistan's investor-friendly policies as she rings N.Y. Stock Exchange's opening -
NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (APP): Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Friday rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in New York to signal the ceremonial start of trading, saying Pakistan's economy is on the upswing as it pursues liberal economic and investor-friendly policies.


Top tennis player Novak Djokovic appointed new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (APP): Novak Djokovic, the world's top ranked tennis player, was today appointed Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), after having served as the agency's Serbia Ambassador and promoting children's rights within his own private foundation.


PM leaves for home at end of two day visit to Kazakhstan -
leaving.jpgASTANA, Aug 26 (APP): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left here for home at the conclusion of a two-day official visit at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.


Pakistan, Kazakhstan agree to build long-term economic cooperation -
ASTANA, Aug 26 (APP): The leadership of Pakistan and Kazakhstan on Wednesday expressed mutual resolve to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment, and build long-term economic cooperation between the two countries.


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ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP): Farooq Ali clinched the National Disabled Badminton Championship played here at the Rodham Hall of Pakistan Sports Complex.
 
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Int'l Murad enters into 4th NBP Badminton Championship semi-finals
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Sustainable forest management could net 10 million new jobs, UN agency says PDF Print E-mail
HTML clipboard UNITED NATIONS, Mar 11 (APP): Ten million new ‘green jobs’ can be created by national investments in sustainable forest management, the Rome‑based U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today. “As more jobs are lost due to the current economic downturn, sustainable forest management could become a means of creating millions of green jobs, thus helping to reduce poverty and improve the environment,” said Jan Heino, Assistant Director‑General of FAO’s Forestry Department.

Since forests and trees are vital storehouses of carbon, such an investment would also make a major contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, he said.

Jobs in forest management include agro‑forestry and farm forestry, improved fire management, development and management of trails and recreation sites, expansion of urban green spaces, restoring degraded forests and planting new ones.

A number of countries, including the United States and the Republic of Korea, have included forestry in their economic stimulus plans, and it is an important component of India’s rural employment guarantee programme, FAO said.

Employment in sustainable forest management will be a major topic of World Forest Week, to be held in conjunction with FAO.

 
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