KARACHI: With the motive of bringing out their human stories to ascertain the needs of the people of Pakistan, a photography exhibition was organised by the United Nations (UN), Pakistan, in collaboration with Karachi Metropolitan Corporation at Sadequain Gallery in Frere Hall Wednesday afternoon.
As many as 102 images, focusing on the people of Pakistan, stressed the need for better Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs).
Talking to The Express Tribune, Vittorio Cammarota, the director of United Nations Information Centre, Islamabad, said that they intend to bring out the human stories in order to ascertain the needs of the people of Pakistan. “UN cannot do everything on its own – it’s via partnership [that] we can move forward in achieving our goals.”
Cammarota further said that such an exhibition was earlier hosted in Islamabad, Peshawar and Lahore as well ‘to get an amazing opportunity to see the images coming out from Pakistan’.
In the images, one can see people thronging the Badshahi Mosque. In another image, the UN Goodwill Ambassador and Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie are seated with an old Pakistani female villager. Other images included those of a boy in the slums, a boy enjoying Lahore’s famous monsoon showers and hardworking labourers and their plight in the sun. The most unsettling image was perhaps the one depicting how a shipyard worker got engulfed in flames.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar inaugurated the event. “I know about these 17 SDGs areas of development,” he said. “Regarding Pakistan, I can say that unfortunately we haven’t paid enough attention to these areas. However, I can assure you our local government offices are fully committed to [addressing these]. These images serve as a great window of opportunity to the people of Sindh [who can] come and have a look at [them].”
Later, French Consul-General Francois Dall’Orso told The Express Tribune that the images portray a whole new life in Pakistan. “It seems Pakistan is committed to supporting development [and] to seeing the life of development taking place in here.”
The photography exhibition will run till June 7 at the gallery in Frere Hall.