Representatives of two of the IUCN Pakistan Members Khwendo Kor and Strengthening Participatory Organisation have been selected to be part of a nine-member committee constituted on the instructions of the President of Pakistan for flood relief work.
The President of Pakistan held a meeting on August 17th with the civil society organizations to discuss the flood relief work. This meeting was coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Social Welfare with around 70 persons in attendance. The President was accompanied by the Minister Social Welfare; Chairman, Pakistan Baitul-Mal, and Pakistan Ambassador to USA and some other senior officials of the Federal Government.
Majority of the participants were representatives of the Community based Organisations (CBOs) from different provinces including a number of national and international NGOs. During the meeting the participants apprised the President on issues related to the flood disaster and role of various stakeholders including the government and civil society organizations.
Subsequent to the meeting of the President of Pakistan, the Ministry of Social Welfare & Special Education, Government of Pakistan issued a notification to constitute a nine-member committee. The representatives of the two IUCN National Committee Members are: Ms. Maryam Bibi, Executive Director, Khwendo Kor and Mr. Naseer Memon, Chief Executive, Strengthening Participatory Organisation. Behind this recognition there is a long trail of outstanding achievements and credibility of these member organizations.
Ms. Maryam Bibi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as well.
The mandate of the committee is to submit regular feedback about the flood relief work being carried out by the NGOs and to provide assistance in the relief and rehabilitation of the flood affectees.