Published Date: Nov 8, 2018
Localising SDGs can help achieve development targets of Balochistan, experts
wnership of development strategies at the local level is crucial to bring a positive change and prosperity in Balochistan. For that there is need of broad based engagement at district level to prioritise and to localise Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which in turn would help in achieving development targets of the province.
These were the views express by the experts during a stakeholder consultation on ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework for Balochistan’, organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) and Planning & Development Department, Government of Balochistan in Quetta here on Friday.
Balochistan National Party (BNP) Central Leader and Member Balochistan Assembly, SanaUllah Baloch said that local ownership of development strategies is necessary to help put Balochistan on the track of prosperity and development. He said that the federal government must be aware of and understand the needs of people of Balochistan. He encouraged the youth to raise their voices for their rights through effective and positive use of social media. Youth of Balochistan should be provided opportunities to flourish and to engage in development activities, he added. He further stressed the need of more research on SDGs to help parliamentarians in taking informed decisions.
Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, SDPI said that we should learn from our failure in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and plan better towards materializing SDGs. He stressed the need to act early and set targets that reflect people’s priorities for the future. He said that efforts should be made to engage the local people and prioritize the SDGs at district level in Balochistan. For next five years’ comprehensive development strategy of Balochistan, academia, civil society and media should also play their due role in providing inputs. He said that efforts should also be made to better plan how Balochistan can benefit from the resources available under CPEC long term plan. Youth and women-led entrepreneurship programmes should be supported and promoted that can also help reduce poverty in the province, he added.
Zulfiqar Durrani, Provincial Representative of UNDP Pakistan said that to align future development schemes with SDGs, UNDP will provide support and build capacity of P&D Department of government of Balochistan. He said that UNDP can also provide best practices from other countries and their experiences of implementing SDGs. Muqaddar Shah, Program & Technical Analyst (Population & Development) of UNFPA said that Provincial government should establish demographic cell at Planning & Development Department for evidence-based planning.
Dr. Sajid Amin, Research Fellow, SDPI said that social sector policies of the province should be aligned with national and provincial commitments under SDGs. He stressed the need to expedite the process of prioritising and localisation of SDGs, so that district administrations can become a partner in long term implementation. Development financing should also be aligned with SDGs framework in the province, he added. Dr. Abdul Salam Lodhi, from Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) said that Higher Education Commission can play a proactive role in introducing various SDG priorities in the curriculum. Furthermore, provincial governments while preparing their SDG implementation plans should actively use capacity of researchers available in public sector universities.