Islamabad - Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan under its flagship Leadership Development Programme (LDP) has invited applications for fellowships from junior to mid-level professionals belonging to different sectors in Pakistan.

Since 50 per cent of mankind is now urbanised, the battle for economic growth, climate change, poverty alleviation and health of communities will be lost and won in cities in the 21st century.

Given its vital importance, the 19th cohort of LDP has been themed around urbanisation and titled as ‘Urban Resilience and Sustainable Cities’.

The 19th cohort will have sessions on Sustainable Urban Planning, Urban Resilience, Low Carbon Development and Role of Cities to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The application deadline is February 2, 2016, and the selected candidates will be informed by February 21, 2016. Key points in the eligibility criteria include education of 16 years or above, along with minimum experience of three years and interest in LDP topical areas. Application details can be submitted online at www.lead.org.pk. LEAD Pakistan will cover all travelling and accommodation costs for learning sessions.

According to Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Director Asia, Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and CEO, LEAD Pakistan, ‘In terms of quality and impact, the initiatives taken by LDP are world-class, reflecting the organization’s longstanding and close affiliation with LEAD International. This programme is LEAD’s most popular and vibrant capacity building programme which has completed 18 cohorts (batches) to-date where the participants have acquired the skills and knowledge to make them cross-sectoral leaders in their own communities and on the world stage.’

Currently there are over 285 professionals from Pakistan and over 3000 LEAD members across the world that have completed this program and become ‘Fellows’ of LEAD’s global network. Coming from all sectors of society, LEAD fellows are united by a shared capability and willingness to address sustainability challenges in their different countries across the globe. LEAD network members are highly successful leaders working on complex local to global environmental and development issues.