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Pakistan: Launch of a book "No Ordinary Success Story" marks UN day celebrations

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Islamabad October 19th, 2006- This year's celebration of United Nations Day and the sixty-first anniversary of the United Nations is marked by the launch of a history book, "No Ordinary Success Story" which is about the massive relief effort undertaken by the United Nations, NGOs, INGOs, civil society and the Government of Pakistan . In addition, it is complemented by the inauguration of a photographic exhibition which unfolds the story of the Pakistan Earthquake through United Nations relief operations.

The United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on October 24th, 1945. Last year the UN Day was not celebrated in Pakistan because of the devastating earthquake that killed 73000, injured over 120,000 and left more than 3 million homeless across North West Frontier Pakistan (NWFP) and Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK), therefore, this year it takes special significance as it marks one year since the earthquake struck. It also commemorates the human spirit behind the tremendous relief effort with special reference to pivotal role played by the United Nations.

Jan Vandemoortele, United Nations Resident Coordinator speaking on the launch of the book said, "The book tells the success story of the Pakistan earthquake relief operation." Further explaining, he said "it is our ode to all those who lost their lives, the orphans and those who were rendered homeless and also to those who tirelessly strived to support survivors."

United Nations Resident Coordinator gave away UN Recognition Awards to Javed Ahmed a social worker, Awais Khalil Abbasi from Maqsood Welfare Foundation, Iram Gillani from Women welfare organization Ghari Habib Ullah and Prof Dr. Mughees Uddin Sheikh from Punjab University for their exceptional dedication and contribution in the earthquake relief effort.

United Nations Resident Coordinator in his concluding remarks said, "These people apart from helping the affectees beyond the normal call of duty, more significantly, personally coordinated their efforts with others."

"United Nations salutes the efforts of innumerable volunteers who were part of the relief operation and reaffirms its support and commitment to the Pakistani people in the rehabilitation and reconstruction effort of the Government of Pakistan," said the UN Resident Coordinator.

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Raabya Amjad, Public Information Officer, Pakistan
UN - Resident Coordinator's Office, Sector E-7, Street 11, House 124, Islamabad;
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