Pakistan fully committed to sustainable development

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Pakistan is fully committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda for 2030 and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif attaches top priority to these SDGs. The country’s ‘Vision 2025’ is also complemented by UN Post-2015 development agenda and reflects our priorities and development needs in line with the UN global vision.
Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said this while addressing the 2-day National Roundtable work-shop was organized by Ministry of Climate Change and United Nation Environment Programme (NEP) here on Wednesday. He said the prime minister was present at the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Devel-opment Agenda in New York in September last year. The SDGs were formally launched in Pakistan less than a month later which shows our government’s commitment to this issue of high importance, said by the Federal Min-ister.
Yousaf Naseem Khokhar Secretary Planning, Development and Reform while addressing the workshop said the Green Pakistan Programme reflected the commitment of the present government to effective environmental gov-ernance including sound management of natural resources.
Neil Buhane UN Country Resident also addressed the audience saying Pakistan has huge population that is a big challenge to achieve goals in climate sector. The government’s vision 2025 is similar to SDGs, he said, however he cautioned the plastic bags were threat to environment .The imposition of price for getting plastic bags can reduce its use.
The audience were also addressed by the Charge da Affair of European Union delegation in Pakistan, DG (Env) Irfan Tariq, Janet Salem Program Officer United Nation Environment Program. A large number of people from government officials, NGOs, academia and media participated.

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