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    November 09, 2016



Consultative Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals and Multidimensional Poverty Index MPI,

Chitral Times Report

PESHAWAR: Pakistan is one of the 193 member states of the United Nations which have signed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. The National Assembly of Pakistan has also adapted these goals as Pakistan Sustainable Development Goals. By 2030, these 17 goals aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education and build strong institutions and partnerships. To establish solid baselines for tracking progress towards these new global goals for poverty alleviation and sustainable development the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform in collaboration with Planning and Development Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and UNDP has jointly arranged series of workshops on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The first workshop of such series was held at Pearl Continental Hotel Peshawar. The workshop was attended by elected representatives, Provincial Government Departments, UN Agencies, Academia, Civil Society and media.

In his opening remarks Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Ex-Secretary Planning and Development Department informed that the Post-2015 Consensus brought together, renowned experts from the UN, NGO and private sectors with 60 teams of economists with 100+ research papers to establish the most effective targets for the post-2015 development agenda. An expert panel including two Nobel Laureates have reviewed all of this research and identified 17 goals and 169 targets that represent the best value-for-money in development over the period 2016 to 2030.

He further informed that with the 18th Constitutional Amendment, which devolved political and administrative power from the Federal to Provincial governments and decentralized most of the functions, especially those related to social sectors, puts immense responsibility on the province for the region specific planning and implementation, local capacity building with extensive involvement of the district governments.

To reaffirm its commitment for the sustainable development in the province, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has embarked upon the comprehensive project for effective localization on Sustainable Development Goals for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project will translate the SDGs Framework into concrete plans and interventions at provincial and district level Planning should be done by establishing short and medium term goals rather than only having end-point targets.

Mr Jakohangir Khederov, Provincial Head of UNDP shared the purpose of the workshop and involvement of UNDP in the process.

Mr Qaiser Alam, Chief Economic Analysis P&D Department delivered a detailed presentation on SDGs and informed that the SDGs are more comprehensive than the MDGs. There are 17 Goals and 169 targets under SDGs as compared to just 8 Goals and 18 targets under MDGs. Therefore, a process of prioritization of SDGs would be undertaken in the context of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. To the extent possible, such prioritization will be undertaken at the district level.

Mr Zafrul Hassan, Chief Poverty Alleviation section, Planning Commission delivered detailed presentation on the finding of a study on Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) conducted by the Planning Commission with a focus on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and their importance for development planning not only at the provincial level but also at the district levels.
Mr Arif Yousaf, Advisor to Chief Minister on parlimentry Task Force in his concluding remarks informed that the provincial Government has to focus on development of implementation action plan for Sustainable Development goals. He also shared that achieving the goals of SDG is a huge challenge and it cannot be achieved without the assistance of international development partners and UN Agencies.


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