ISLAMABAD, Oct 24 (APP): The Urdu translation of the “Basic Facts About the United Nations” was officially launched here on Monday at the Quaid-i-Azam University,on the occasion of the UN Day.
The event was attended by Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Resident Coordinator of the UN Neil Buhne, Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan Marc P George, Vice Chancellor
of Quaid-e-Azam University Dr Javed Ashraf and Director of the UN Information Centre Vittorio Cammarota.
Comprehensive information about the United Nations and its work is now available to Urdu readers in Pakistan.
Published since 1947, “Basic Facts about the United Nations” serves as a trusted guide to the United Nations and its system of related agencies.
The 2014 edition provides a concise overview of the organization’s work throughout the world – including current peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions – along with essential information on UN membership and structure.
“It is extremely important for the UN to reach out to Urdu speakers in Pakistan,” said Vittorio Cammarota, Director of the UN Information Centre.
To meet the challenges of the globalized world today, it was
essential to inform citizens all over the world properly about the work of the United Nations so that they actively contributed to it, he added.
UN had made enormous progress in international law, peace and development after the end of the Cold War, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said, adding that, “The Urdu translation of this handbook will increase awareness about the UN’s work.”
UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne said, “With 60 % of the population of the country below 30 years of age, Pakistan plays a leading role in the UN in many ways. It can only continue to do so if more Pakistanis are aware of the UN and its mandate.”
Dr. Syed Wiqar Ali Shah, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Quaid-i- Azam University said, “The Urdu version of the book is another milestone towards achieving this objective of reaching the maximum number of people in Pakistan. This will help with a better understanding of Pakistan-UN Relations.”