KARACHI: City Admi­n­i­s­trator Laeeq Ahmed on Monday said that the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Deve­l­o­pment Programme (UNDP) would help uplift parks, infrastructure and environment of the city.

“The participation of international development agencies and civil society in the process of development and prosperity of Karachi is welcoming,” the administrator passed these remarks while speaking at the signing of the MoU between the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and the UNDP.

He said the KMC became just a second local body after Turkey’s Istanbul municipality that joined hands with the UNDP and termed it a great honour for the citizens of Karachi.

The MoU was signed by the administrator and UNDP Pakistan Resident Representative Knut Ostby.

As per the MoU, the UNDP will support KMC’s parks and horticulture dep­artment in its Sustainable Development Programme, especially in the areas of eco­nomic growth, urban de­­velopment, environmental improvement, infrastruct­u­­re development, solid waste management, health and education.

“We want to take full ad­­v­antage of UNDP’s experie­nce and expertise for uplifting parks and infrastructure and combating environmental issues,” Mr Ahmed added.

The UNDP resident representative said: “UNDP and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation have signed the MoU to promote sustainable development with a keen focus on decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities, and climate action. We will be working together to engage private sector participation for sustainable development.”

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2021

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