The government plans to formulate Population Commission of Pakistan and Population Task Force in order to sensitize policy makers about alarming population growth rate.
The task force will work under the proposed Commission and objectives are to have a consolidated forum of all stakeholders for devising plan of action according to national priorities of Pakistan by adhering to religious doctrines.
Meeting SDGs is only possible by making drastic changes to put an end to this division. Equal opportunities can’t be offered in the presence of discrimination of all kinds. Our country is jeopardized by the bad the governance coupled with social injustice. We should think beyond the borders of the province, clan, and socio-economic status. Prosperity demands wisdom, hard work, and plurality.
“The UK and Pakistan have both made a promise to eradicate child labour by signing up to the first universal set of Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs,” said Joanna Reid, Head of DFID in Pakistan. “The Aawaz II programme is an essential component of that success.
In his message for the occasion, the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Neil Bunhe said, “By helping include children, women and youth in Pakistan’s development, this joint programme will benefit all Pakistanis by reducing inequality – a key Sustainable Development Goal.”
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Pakistan Representative, Mina Dowlatchahi said that effective rural development strategies are central in achieving the SDGs.
She stated that today’s concept of successful rural development models concerns not only with improvements in economic growth, per capita income, and production output but it also includes the social assessment of changes in the quality of life, such as improvement in health and nutrition, education, environmentally safe living conditions, and reduction in gender and income inequalities and food security. She added, rural development is essential part of the process for structural transformation characterised by diversification of the economy away from agriculture.
It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan is signatory to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) whereby the SDG-4 requires the participant countries to ensure 100% enrollment and substantial increase in the literacy rates.
The National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) is implementing consistent literacy programs to achieve Vision-2025 goal of 90 percent literacy rate by the year 2025.
All development community has to focus collectively on these issues. Pakistan views e-commerce as a tool that brings together the digital, social and development agendas and as an enabler of sustainable and inclusive growth, and most effective vehicle for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.
Dr Tauqir said many ills of globalisation can be cured through e-commerce provided it is developed in an inclusive manner, with an integral development dimension. “We are of the belief that ultimate aim of trade policy and trade rules must be poverty reduction, growth, welfare and development that works for all members of the global economy. Same holds true for digital trade. The development dimension of e-commerce is essential for inclusive rules-based MTS.
The objective of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) contribution is to mainstream population dynamics across core national and provincial development plans and strategies as this is consistent with Agenda 2030 and this will improve the general quality of development planning.
This project will cover research and analysis including impact of population growth and population dynamics on SDGs achievement in Pakistan. Presently, population sector has been accorded as a high priority sector by the government to control the accelerated population growth rate and to improve demographic indicators.
Pakistan is one of the least literate countries in Asia and the fourth largest contributor to the world’s non-literate population, he added. He said the government is well aware of the situation and has taken important initiatives particularly one of the goals of Pakistan Vision-2025, to achieve 90 percent national literacy rate by the year 2025.
NCHD, since its inception, had established 164,190 Adult Literacy Centres across the country and admitted about 3.84 million adult learners (mostly women). It also covered 134 districts of the country and provided 15 million books to the learners while 3.5 million students had graduated till 2013, he added.
Adult Literacy Program was working with 100 percent results across the country and hoped that the 90 percent literacy rate target by 2025 would be achieved successfully. It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan is signatory to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) whereby the SDG-4 requires the participant countries to ensure 100% enrollment and substantial increase in the literacy rates.
Oxfam in Pakistan in collaboration with Bargad held a ceremony to mark the end of their nation-wide campaign to engage youth for sustainable development goals (SDGs) across Pakistan. Through the campaign over 2000 students from eleven universities in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Quetta were encouraged to work towards climate change, gender equality, inclusive and sustainable growth and peace, justice and institutional development aligned with Pakistan’s Vision 2025.