UN-HABITAT and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, with the co-coordination of the Population Census Organization of Pakistan (PCO) this month signed an agreement to jointly enhance and develop the capacity of the existing Geographic Information Systems for the census offices in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.
They will also help train those using the systems in modern technology and the latest GIS software. UN-HABITAT'S Global Urban Observatory coordinates the monitoring of the Habitat Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals world-wide as part of a quest to help cities ensure they have reliable and up-to-date urban indicators at the local, regional, country levels.
In Pakistan, the UN-HABITAT office is implementing a comprehensive project entitled, GIS automation and capacity building for the statistics division at Federal and Provincial Census Offices"as part of the One UN Joint Programme Output-1, Institutional Capacity of GIS Laboraties of the Population Census Organization.
The Chief Census Commissioner, Mr. Khizar Hayat Khan, and UN-HABITAT's Country Programme Manager, Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, signed the cooperation agreement MoU on 2 June. The two-year project is funded by UNFPA and One Fund.