Published Date: Oct 5, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal on Monday stated that government is working on localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ahsan Iqbal said SDGs are not only international obligations but are meant for our own future and sustainable development.
He said that Vision-2025 is evident on how the government is pursuing development goals offering comprehensive framework.
“We failed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) not only due to lack of financial resources but it was mainly because of lack of planning,” he said.
He was speaking at workshop on “Sustainable Development Goals- the way forward” organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
At the same time Pakistan faces fracture socioeconomic structure and flaws in our planning and implementation strategy, he added.
Ahsan said for implementing SDGs, present government approved in the current year’ s budget, SDG Unit in Planning Commission to execute SDGs and monitor their performance in provinces.
Ahsan Iqbal underlined the need to restructure our institutions and improve efficiency of our executing agencies to achieve SDGs.
He said the Vision-2025 provides fundamental principles and a comprehensive framework for development.
While devising Vision 2025, “We tried to learn from our mistakes and improve what we lacked to implement MDGs” he added.
The minister said that Vision-2025 tried not to reinvent the wheel but incorporates missing elements in our previous development plans and make it doable.
He said pro-active approach and result-oriented strategy need to achieve SDGs.
“We are tyring not to make mistakes we committed in case of MDGs”, he maintained
Minister said that the government is committed to implement SDGs in letters and spirit, whether to get support from international agencies or not.
Minister said that education holds the key to achieved SDGS, because no targets regarding economy, health, development or poverty can be achieved without knowledge.
Present government has made education as its top priority.
He said that the government laid foundation for building the knowledge based economy.
He also invited the media to be partner in development agenda.
“We have launched Development Communication Initiative for engaging the media in the development discourse”, he added.