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Meeting reviews development agenda

Meeting reviews development agenda

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday stressed the importance of translating the global Post-2015 Development Agenda into well-calibrated national targets.

The adviser stated this while chairing an inter-ministerial meeting held at the Foreign Office to review the country’s preparations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda set to be adopted during the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York later this month.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to lead the Pakistani delegation at the UN Summit.

Sartaj Aziz said that in order to provide national ownership to the process, the targets should be closely aligned with Pakistan’s development needs and priorities.




He said Pakistan ‘Vision 2025’ provides a holistic basis to guide this national endeavour.

The meeting agreed that learning from the experience of the inadequate performance on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an early start, sustained effort and a robust monitoring and follow-up mechanism were imperative for effective and full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Pakistan.

In view of the central role of the Ministry of Planning and Development to this effort, it was decided that the Planning Commission, in coordination with the respective provincial authorities would devise elaborate coordination and oversight procedures.

Synergy and coordination between the federal and the provincial levels would be all the more important since greater implementation responsibilities rest with the provinces after the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the meeting observed.

The meeting decided to remain engaged with the process and to make further recommendations for consideration and guidance by the leadership in order to ensure effective implementation of the SDGs.

The meeting was attended by Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, and senior officials from the federal and the provincial governments.

The 15-year MDGs adopted in 2000 will be followed by the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2016-2030.

Comprising 17 goals and 169 targets, the SDGs encompass all three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

Published in Dawn, September 8th, 2015

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