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Pakistan roundtable on implementation of the Post-2015 development agenda 14 May 2015

Written by Maheen Shaiq, Senior Advocacy and Documentation Officer, Save the Children in Pakistan

Save the Children in Pakistan developed a national reality check roundtable in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Planning Commission of Pakistan to explore the challenges of delivering the post-2015 agenda at national level. The workshop aimed to inform intergovernmental negotiations to finalise new sustainable development goals (SDGs), targets and indicators for 2015 to 2030.

The roundtable was attended by senior level representatives from the water, poverty, and data analysis wings of the Planning Commission, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Health Regulations, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, National Agricultural Research Centre, Pakistan Council for Water Resources Research, Ministry of Finance, and the Higher Education Commission. The meeting was also attended by faculty members of the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar and University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi. Member of National Assembly, Ms. Rumina Khurshid, who is also the Convener of Non-Muslim Parliamentarian Caucus and Member of Parliamentary Committee on SDGs, joined as the guest of honour.

Participants were oriented about the process of the post-2015 agenda development so far. A reappraisal was carried out for the MDGs and how they negatively or positively affected national development priorities. Views on the impact of the MDGs in Pakistan were shared such as the lack of understanding and coordination among national and international players resulting in failure to achieve MDGs, and lack of Pakistan’s infrastructure linked with capacity, individual needs and availability of resources.

Participants were asked to prioritise three areas of the SDGs which to them were most relevant for the national development agenda. The areas identified were:

  • Ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The participants appreciated the SDGs in terms of social development but opined that Pakistan should adapt the goals which match its national priorities.

The roundtable was concluded with the member of national assembly ensuring the participants that the Parliamentary Committee on SDGs would play its role to ensure that the government functionaries do not face the problems that they faced in implementing the MDGs.