His Excellency, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, presenting an award to Dr. Zeba A. Sathar recognizing the contribution of the Population Council to conducting seminal research in Pakistan. The minister of population welfare, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, and the special assistant to the prime minister for social sectors, Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, were in attendance.
Role of Population Council in Pakistan Recognized by the Prime Minister
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (11 July 2009) — The Population Council was acknowledged today for its "outstanding contribution in the field of research in Pakistan" by Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. The award was presented at World Population Day observances organized by the Ministry of Population Welfare.
Speeches delivered by the minister of population welfare, the UNFPA representative, and the prime minister highlighted the significance of the day. An impressive awards ceremony was arranged to recognize the contribution of different nongovernmental organizations to the population sector. The areas of contribution included research, reproductive health, service delivery, and advocacy.
Dr. Zeba A. Sathar, Population Council country director for Pakistan, received the award on behalf of the Council.
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