APF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

The APF United Nations Initiative

 
An APF delegation at United Nations headquarters in New York City.

An APF delegation at United Nations headquarters in New York City.


 
 
APF sets itself apart from other diaspora organizations in that it provides a platform for first generation American Pakistanis to take ownership of development initiatives between the two countries.
— Dr. Ameena Zia, APF @ UN Chair

Purpose

The APF United Nations Initiative facilitates interactions between Pakistan civil society organizations and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) as part of the Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System. It also provides opportunities for the Pakistani American community, especially its youth, to contribute to UN dialogues.

In June 2019, APF received Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Council (ECOSOC), enabling it to engage the international community at the United Nations on Pakistan policies and initiatives.

The program elevates the perspectives of Pakistani civil society organizations in UN conversations related to the Sustainable Development Framework, the UN blueprint for ending poverty worldwide.

Leadership

Dr. Ameena Zia leads the APF United Nations Initiative as its Chair. An accomplished academic and an APF Board member, her research interests include minority political participation; representation and gender quotas; and minority community engagement and civic participation.

STATEMENTS

APF delivered the following statements at the United Nations:

Written Statement Delivered at Commission on Social Development 56, 29 January to 7 February 2018

Statement on gender equality in Pakistan to the 62nd Committee on the Status of Women, March 12-23, 2018

Signatory to Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN: Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security , October 16, 2017

Statement on gender equality in Pakistan to the 60th Committee on the Status of Women, March, 2016

Oral Statement Delivered at UN General Assembly’s 2nd Committee High Level Political Forum for World Summit on Information Society Negotiations, April 2016

“SDGs Coming to Life: Envisioning a Common and Resilient Future,” September 23, 2016.

Opportunities FOR STUDENTS

The APF United Nations Internship Program introduces interns to the inner workings and policies of the United Nations and the various ways that Pakistan-related policies are shaped by the UN community. APF accepts applications on a semi-annual basis.

Opportunities FOR NGOS

NGOs interested in collaborating with the APF United Nations Initiative should contact info@americanpakistan.org

 
 
APF hosted a side event at the 54th Commission on Social Development on “Rethinking Social Development in Pakistan through Partnerships.

APF hosted a side event at the 54th Commission on Social Development on “Rethinking Social Development in Pakistan through Partnerships.

 
APF attended the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Youth Forum at the United Nations.

APF attended the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Youth Forum at the United Nations.

 
 
APF team member Farah Ahmad joined 175 world leaders at the Paris Agreement signing at the United Nations.

APF team member Farah Ahmad joined 175 world leaders at the Paris Agreement signing at the United Nations.

 
 
APF participated in the United Nations meeting on “SDGs Coming to Life: Envisioning a Common and Resilient Future” and presented an intervention on the need for more Pakistani government support for civil society.

APF participated in the United Nations meeting on “SDGs Coming to Life: Envisioning a Common and Resilient Future” and presented an intervention on the need for more Pakistani government support for civil society.