Lahore: Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan under its flagship Leadership Development Programme (LDP), has extended the deadline for its Fellowships in ‘Urban Resilience and Sustainable Cities’ to February 29, 2016.

The Fellowship exclusively aims to build the capacity of professionals from various sectors across Pakistan. The theme for Cohort 19 focuses on cities and their sustainable development as urbanization has increased manifold and cities are now vulnerable to extreme weather events such as heat waves, cloud bursts and cyclones etc. 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 for the Fellowship is February 29, 2016, and the selected candidates will be informed by March 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 LEAD Pakistan will cover all travelling and accommodation costs for learning sessions.

According to Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO, LEAD Pakistan, ‘Keeping in view the enormous response and repeated requests to extend the deadline for Cohort 19 Fellowship, we have finally decided to extend it.This opportunity can play a pivotal role in one’s capacity building on sustainable development through the instruments of building resilience,  increasing resource efficiency, and exploring how cities and citizens can reconnect to the biosphere and become responsible stewards of biodiversity and ecosystem services, both within and beyond city boundaries.’

LDP is LEAD Pakistan’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 200 professionals from Pakistan and over 3000 LEAD members across the world that have completed this program and become ‘Fellows’ of LEAD’s global network.