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Ms. Razina Bilgrami - UNDP

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Ms. Razina Bilgrami

UNDP Resident Representative a.i

 

Nationality:  Pakistani

 

Academic background:

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

 

Work Experience:

Dec 2018 – present: UNDP Resident Representative a.i, Islamic Republic of Iran.

2017 - 2018:  Senior Policy Advisor supporting UN Agencies in Arab States and Asia-Pacific.

2014 – 2016: UNDP Country Advisor and Cluster Head (North-East Asia and South West Asia) at UNDP Regional Hub, Bangkok, Thailand. 

2012 – 2014: UNDP Country Director a.i., Sri Lanka. 

2010 – 2012: UNDP Deputy Country Director (Programmes), Sri Lanka. 

2002 – 2010: Deputy Chief of UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific - South and West Asia Division - New York, USA.

1997 – 2002: UNDP Assistant Resident Representative and Head of the Environment Unit, Islamabad, Pakistan.

1995 – 1997: Projects Manager at National Environmental Consulting, Karachi, Pakistan.

1983 – 1994: Civil Engineer at Techno-Consult International Consulting Engineers, Karachi, Pakistan.

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13 December 2018 - From Iran to Azerbaijan: countries exchange best practices on harm reduction for people who use drugs

  • Published in Drugs

Iran has a concentrated HIV epidemic with a low prevalence of less than 0.1% in the general population but a high prevalence among most at-risk populations, particularly people who inject drugs.

UNDP works with the government and the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria to implement activities focused on reaching this vulnerable group, which includes a Peer Education Programme in prisons.

To share best practice, a study-tour was organised from 10-15 November 2018 for a delegation from Republic of Azerbaijan.

The visit was overseen by the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) which provides support for the overall direction of the Global Fund grants in country and includes representatives from government, the private sector, technical partners, and representatives from civil society and communities living with the diseases.

In addition to exploring Iran’s best practices from the Harm Reduction Programme, the aim of the tour was to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and to share lessons learned from the implementation of the programme in Iran.

The delegation from Azerbaijan included representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice who were accompanied by Iran’s CCM Coordinator, National Harm Reduction staff and staff from UNDP Iran HIV/AIDS Unit.

Through organizing meetings and daily visits for the delegation, the host country provided a thorough review of the programme in Iran, including meetings with national authorities and visits to centers providing services to people who use drugs. A platform was also created so that the members of the delegation could ask questions, raise concerns and better understand each countries approach.

The study tour included meetings with the CCM Vice Chair and with UNDP as the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund HIV grant. Meetings with Sub-Recipients of the Global Fund HIV grant and national related bodies were also organized in which each organization presented on the Harm Reduction Programmes being implemented in their settings. A meeting was also held with the representative of Drug Control Headquarters.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the tour included visits to the Center for Communicable Diseases Control, the Mental Health Social Health of Addiction Department, the Welfare Organization and the Prisons Organization which facilitated a visit to Hamedan Central Prison.

A de-briefing session was held on the final day of the tour with Joint UN Team on AIDS (JUNTA) who shared their views on HIV/AIDS and their supports towards Harm Reduction Programme. In this meeting, representatives from UNAIDS, UNDP, UNODC, UNHCR and UNIC were also present to respond to questions from the Azerbaijan delegation. 

The visit was a great success and a strong example of our commitment to sharing learning. This exchange provided an excellent opportunity for us to learn from each other’s contexts and we look forward to working together to reduce the HIV prevalence rate among people who use drugs in both countries.

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25 Nov 2018 - Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  • Published in Other

Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF and UN WOMEN, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling upon us to stand in solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Our duty is not only to stand in solidarity with them but also to intensify our efforts to find solutions and measures to stop this preventable global scourge with a detrimental impact on women’s and girls’ lives and health.

The last year has been extraordinary in terms of the awareness that has been raised on the extent and magnitude of the different forms of violence inflicted on women and girls. The #MeToo campaign—one of the most viral and powerful social movements of recent times—has brought this issue into the spotlight. This awareness has been further reinforced by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 to two remarkable activists, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, who work on ending violence against women in conflict situations.

More than a third of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Furthermore, research indicates that the cost of violence against women could amount annually to around 2 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). This is equivalent to 1.5 trillion dollars[1].

Beyond raising awareness, governments, the private sector, the artistic community, civil society organizations, academia and engaged citizens are again looking into new ways to urgently address this global scourge.

For more than 20 years, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has been investing in national and local initiatives that translate policy promises into concrete benefits for women and girls, and contribute to the prevention of violence in the long run.

As part of the Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls, a global, multi-year partnership between the United Nations and the European Union, we are working with different partners to increase the scale and level of ambition of our interventions. We understand that reducing and preventing violence against women is transformational: it improves the heath of women and children, reduces risks of acquiring HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), improves economic productivity and educational attainment, and reduces the risks of mental illness and substance abuse, among other benefits.

Through the Spotlight Initiative, our agencies are mobilizing an array of stakeholders to address both the root causes of violence as well as its most immediate consequences. In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the initiative fully integrates the principle of leaving no one behind. Spotlight will also build on existing good practices and evidence-based programming, as well as incorporate new solutions for accelerated results.

The UN family is working tirelessly with our partners to strengthen legal frameworks and institutions, to improve services for survivors, and to address the root causes of violence by challenging social norms and behaviours and tackling the wider gender inequalities.

Ending violence against women and girls is not a short-term endeavor. It requires coordinated and sustained efforts from all of us. Showing that these efforts yield results is the best tribute to survivors and the survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders that we are celebrating today.

 

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8 May 2018 - Photo Story: UNDP’s mission to Deh Chenashk village

20180508 undp2First stop of the visit was a women empowerment center in Ghale Ghafe village. Throughout our project we have done community mobilization efforts to empower local communities to take part in community forestry, livelihood development, waste management, etc. With the support of this project and trainings, the women of Ghale Ghafe are now able to help their families financially

20180508 undp3Next stop, a local mosque in Deh Chenashk village in which the local community gathered to discuss the project and how their livelihoods has enhanced by taking part in this project

20180508 undp4Mr. Toosi, the local community representative addressed the audience by saying: “I would like to take this opportunity and thank the project and local authorities. Throughout this project we learned how to care more about the environment.” Mr. Toosi continued by saying: “This project helped us to modify our cultivating practices and that resulted in less water consumption.”

20180508 undp5Then a visit at the local exhibition of handicrafts took place. These handicrafts are produced by the women of the village who are taking part in this project. The women use their artistic talents and make these goods from scratch and sell them and through this practice they support their families financially

20180508 undp6To wrap-up the mission, a visit to a Borage field in Deh Chenashk village took place. The local community are changing their cultivating patterns by choosing different types of plants which consumes less water and financially benefits them more – a win-win for the environment and the local community

20180508 undp7At the end of every mission, a group photo is a must!

 

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08/05/2017 - Hamshahri newspaper cited UNDP's activities in Iran

دولت ژاپن مبلغ یک میلیون دلار برای احیای دریاچه ارومیه به دفتر توسعه ملل متحد اهدا کرد. این پنجمین کمک مالی دولت ژاپن به دفتر توسعه ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران است.

به گزارش مهر، مراسم امضای این توافقنامه هفته گذشته در سازمان حفاظت محیط‌زیست و با حضور عیسی کلانتری، رئیس سازمان حفاظت محیط‌زیست، هیرویاسو کوبایاشی، سفیر ژاپن در ایران و آناماری کارلسون، نماینده موقت برنامه توسعه ملل متحد در تهران برگزار شد.

از سال ۲۰۱۴، دولت ژاپن سالانه مبلغ یک‌میلیون دلار برای این پروژه اختصاص داده است. این کمک مالی در قالب طرح حفاظت از تالاب‌های ایران که با همکاری دفتر توسعه ملل متحد و سازمان حفاظت محیط‌زیست ایران در حال اجراست، پرداخت می‌شود.

کمک مالی یک میلیون دلاری، امکان توسعه بیشتر طرحی با نام «مشارکت در احیای دریاچه ارومیه با الگوسازی مشارکت جوامع محلی در انجام فعالیت‌های کشاورزی پایدار و حفاظت از تنوع زیستی گونه‌های در معرض خطر» را فراهم می‌کند. این پروژه کاملا در راستای برنامه‌های دولت جمهوری‌اسلامی ایران و همچنین ستاد احیای دریاچه ارومیه است.

 دریاچه ارومیه از طریق ارتقای کشاورزی پایدار و کاهش میزان مصرف آب توسط کشاورزان حاشیه دریاچه و جوامع محلی احیا می‌شود. بر این اساس، جوامع محلی و کشاروزان با روش‌های جدید تلاش می‌کنند تا آب کمتری مصرف کنند.

این امر باعث می‌شود تا استفاده از آفت‌کش‌ها و کودهای مصنوعی نیز کاهش یابد. این طرح باعث کاهش ۳۵درصدی در مصرف آب کشاورزی می‌شود و ‌آب صرفه‌جویی شده به دریاچه ارومیه اختصاص می‌یابد. علاوه بر این، کاهش ۴۰درصدی میزان مصرف کودهای شیمیایی را سبب می‌شود.

دست‌اندرکاران این طرح تلاش می‌کنند تا مدل معیشت جایگزین را از طریق صندوق‌های اعتباری خُرد و پرداخت برای خدمات اکوسیستمی ارائه دهند. این مدل به‌عنوان مکانیسم مکمل برای تنوع شغلی و سازگاری بهتر با تأثیرات تغییرات آب و هوایی در منطقه است.

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