UN calls Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig a goodwill ambassador
Islamabad (Web Desk): The United Nations development program (UNDP) has appointed the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest as its goodwill ambassador for the nation.
Born in Gilgit-Baltistan, at the age of 22 Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb storied mountain. By the time she turned 23, she had climbed the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents. She heads the Pakistan Youth Outreach Foundation to encourage youth in outdoor activities.
A statement issued Monday says Samina Baig will lead efforts to build national awareness and partnerships in the order of the U.N.’s development goals, chiefly those related to climate change, environmental fortification, youth and Feminine empowerment.
Neil Buhne the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan said “Pakistan is amongst the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Preparing for its effects, and instituting environmental protections, will safeguard economic development for future generations.
Moreover, half of Pakistan’s population, its women, are under-represented in education, the workforce and in decision-making. Empowering women to play their full role in society is not only an ethical imperative, it is essential for sustainable development.”
As the National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan, Samina Baig will use her profile to stand out a light on the elements that shape Pakistan’s future