Pakistan’s efforts for realization of child rights and the progress towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were acknowledged on Monday by United Nations Children Fund (UNI-CEF) Executive Director Catherine Russell.
In a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UNICEF executive director appreciated the gov-ernment’s response in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UNICEF official, who is on her maiden foreign visit after assuming office, affirmed continued col-laboration with Pakistan on ensuring child rights and sustainable development agenda in line with the government’s priorities and UNICEF’s mandate.
She also expressed gratitude for Pakistan’s support to UNICEF in facilitating its humanitarian opera-tions in Afghanistan. FM Qureshi congratulated Catherine Russel on her appointment and expressed hope that collaboration between Pakistan and UNICEF would further strengthen during her tenure.1B children at ‘extremely high risk’ from effects of climate change, UNICEF warns
He outlined the government’s commitment to the promotion and protection of the rights of children and recalled the proactive role played by Pakistan internationally in furthering this cause.
The foreign minister appreciated the vital work being carried out by UNICEF, both globally and in Pakistan, for the realization of UN Sustainable De-velopment Goals (SDGs) especially those related to children.He shared the steps taken domestically to strengthen the protection and welfare framework for women and children in the country such as the Ehsaas pro-gram and Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card.
Qureshi emphasised that despite progress over the years, children remained vulnerable across the globe, particularly in places of protracted conflicts and foreign occupation such as in the Indian Ille-gally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir .