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Daily Times

Published Date: Dec 13, 2012


The government is in the final stages to launch National Food Security Council (NFSC) to address the issue of food insecurity.

State Minister for National Food Security and Research Moazzam Khan Jatoi at three-day Annual Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) said government was pursuing National Zero Hunger Programme to address hunger and malnourishment in Pakistan.

However he differed to the food insecurity figures of the country and said these were estimated a bit high.

He informed social safety net programmes such as Benazir Income Support Fund have been institutionalised through legislation to ensure their sustainability.

Conference titled ‘Sustainable Development in South Asia, Shaping the Future’ is looking at future of sustainable development in South Asia. Delegates from South Asian countries as well as from 15 other countries around the world are participating in the conference.

Dr Abid Suleri Executive Director SDPI said effective research and evidence-based studies helped in finding out the effectiveness of government policies.

Food security is not ensured by food production, which is commonly considered as benchmark for food security, and universal access to food and its consumption should be priority agenda’s for the states in the region, he added.

The panelists discussed ‘integrated food security phase classification (IPC)’, a special situational analysis tool, developed by WFP, which is being used to measure food security in Pakistan.

Kaija Korpi from FAO Italy, Erminio Sacco from Bangkok, Maria-Bernardita from Philippines and Saheb Haq from WFP Pakistan also spoke.

The session concluded with consensus IPC has the potential to be a highly useful tool for determining the level of food insecurity in Pakistan. While there are some shortcomings in IPC framework, these can be addressed in collaboration with Global Support Unit, which is working diligently to address those issues.

On ‘Climate change triggers migration’ Feryal Gohar said absence of women voices in mainstream government policies created barriers in reaching out to government in times of environmental crisis.

Shafqat Kakakhel member Board of Governors SDPI said much hope hinges on the upcoming CoP19, which would be held in Warsaw next year.

Lena Lindberg Country Director UN Women said migration undermined economic growth, threatened social stability and widened gender and poverty gaps.

Women are forced to work on farms when their men migrate for better economic opportunities, as a consequence of an environmental disaster.

Dr Giovanna Gioli from Germany said plight of women in migrant households was worsened by factors including social discrimination, lack of education and land rights.

Stephen Commins talked on the role of institutions in providing justice to affectees of environmental crisis.

Zahida Rehman deliberated on how women could use innovative and indigenous strategies to cope with natural disasters, especially in the absence of government.

During the session on ‘Future of Global Governance and Development” the panelists shared how increased accountability, inclusiveness and representativeness at all levels is important for the global governance to work.

Johannes Blankenbach from USA said unilateral policies were not effective in the new world order and there was need to go beyond transnational boundaries to tackle global challenges of development.

Dr Hans Frey said soon the concept of national boundaries might dilute due to technological advancements while giving rise to global citizenship. Nadeem Ahmad said global systems such as UN were loosing credibility in South and called for removing imbalances in UN system and also to reform global economic and financial structures to make them more adaptable to the needs of developing world.

Stephen Commins from University of California said globally MDGs could not deliver as they were based on international power imbalances and argued that global governance should offer accountability mechanisms.

Dr Sunil Dasgupta from University of Maryland commented move from G-8 to a greater G-20 was an indicative of increased representation of South in the decision making at the global level.

Mome Saleem and Shakeel Ramay from SDPI said way forward for South Asia was to rise above the existing intra-regional conflicts and have a common voice at the global level particularly on the need to make the global system more inclusive.

On Civil-Military Imbalance and its Policy Implications, former DG ISPR Major General (retd) Athar Abbas said internal weakness of the state invited aggression and provided opening to external interferences.

He said military rule was always counter-productive in long run, adding continuity of democratic process and practices were essential to develop institutions and society.

Bishnu Upreti from Nepal said instead of following western paradigm on civil military relations, the region should construct a local framework on the basis of common understandings and close interaction with all stakeholders to achieve stability, peace and democracy.

Talking of Indian context for military operations, Dr Sunil Dasgupta said execution of military operations in India was determined by factors including, civil government, public support for using force and military preparedness.

Dr Saeed Shafqat said South Asia was a politically fragile and conflict prone region where civil military relations were highly contextual and process oriented.

On Third Wave of Democracy in South Asia, Dr Talat Mehmood from Social Science Research Centre Germany said the third wave of democracy has strengthened the democracies around the world, however the quality of democracy was another question.

He cited Bertelsmann Transformation Index, which states with the ranking of 110th out of 128, Pakistan is among the least democratic states in the world. Professor Jon Breman from The Netherlands said equality was the societal frame for democracy.

Criticising west he said although the west has adopted process of equality but unfortunately at the stake of de-democtrising other regions of the world. Abdul Wali of PIDE Islamabad deliberated Pakistan was an extremely un-democratic country, where dysfunctional and inept democracy prevails due to imbalances in power structure.

The speaker pointed out the factors destabilise the situation for their interest threatening the national security.

Team Leader Awaz and eminent social activist Haris Khalique said politicised social movement and redistribution of resources were essential for participatory, equitable and inclusive development in the region.

Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said local government system introduced in year 2001 was the first time when democratic set-up was made at the gross root level, where people had their say in democratic process. Nihal Rodrigo former Secretary General SAARC Sri Lanka said China’s development owes to its willingness to learn from small countries and that’s what is needed by South Asia region to learn from others.

Shama Dosa from Canada said 9/11 was one such manifestation, which re-fuelled the constant debate between the orient and the occident and the subject and the other.

She said feminists required a paradigmatic shift of being self-critical and conscious of the choices they make, if they were to bring a change in society.

Dr Nathalène Reynolds visiting Fellow said surprisingly in year 2209, 57 percent of Swiss voters approved the initiative proposed by the populist right to make the construction of minarets illegal.

Nida Karmani said Muslim women’s networks around the world was sign of dynamism and was challenging the dominant construction of the ‘Muslim woman’ as oppressed and passive.