Pakistan’s 1st National Conference on SDGs
Minister for Planning Development and Reform Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Wednesday, said that Pakistan was going through unprecedented macroeconomic set of challenges where fiscal deficit current account deficit was higher than the target level. In wake of such an economic situation, she said that given resources constraints, all stakeholders including development partners, private sector, CSOs, and all tiers of the government pool resources would have to join hands to achieve most critical and prioritized SDGs targets.
While addressing Pakistan’s 1st National Conference on Sustainable Development Goals, she advised the Planning Ministry to pick up very critical SDGs and should sort out their needs and financing requirements. The prioritized SDGs may further be mainstreamed with the development agenda making them feasible for implementation. She said that there were decent accomplishments in terms of advocacy and socialization by the Federal Planning Ministry as well as the provincial governments, however, SDGs should be advocated at much broader levels also.
The Minister proclaimed that we will not be able to implement SDGs agenda until we adopt a strategized and high priority approach to it. Dr. Shamshad Akhtar stressed that there must be partnerships with different groups of development entities inclusive of research and academia with proper terms and references to proceed further for SDGs agenda implementation.
She also asserted that partnerships at local government level should be well thought out encouraging the startups, using power of micro finance to galvanize implementation at local level through NGOs and other private partners. Partnerships with corporate sector can also be used as means of implementation.
Resident Coordinator United Nations Neil Buhne, Chief SDGs MoPD&R Zafar ul Hassan also discoursed the salient features of SDGs and its implementation in Pakistan. Later the provincial SDGs Support Units also presented their progress in localizing Agenda2030 across the country, emphasizing the need of partnerships between all stakeholders.