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Published Date: Jan 23, 2013

SDPI Press Release (January 23,2013)

ISLAMABAD:Speaking at a consultation on post 2015 MDGs development
agenda, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Pakistan, Jean-Luc Stalon has said that
Pakistan is  not expected to meet most of the MDGs by 2015, and added that
out of 16 targets and 33 indicators – Pakistan lags behind on 25 indicators.

He
was speaking at a roundtable discussion on ”Consultations on Post 2015
Development Agenda from Pakistani Perspective” jointly organized by UNDP and
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Wednesday.  Dr.
Vaqar Deputy Executive Director, SDPI moderated the proceedings.

Discussing
MDGs, Jean-Luc Stalon said that it was one of the most fantastic initiative of
United Nations with serious engagement of governments on development and
reducing poverty.  He said there is significant achievement as numbers of
world’s poor ($1.25 per day) have decreased from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 1.3
billion in 2008, which means that 600 million people have been lifted out of
poverty. However, despite all this, the inequalities have increased throughout
the world, he also acknowledged.

He
said that while reviewing the MDGS, we come to the point that social
development is an unfinished agenda and this is the time to look at key
challenges the world today is facing and also how can we shape the
future.  He said, the post 2015, development paradigm must ensure inclusive
social development, environmental sustainability, inclusive economic
development and providing peace and security.

He
said, today around 1 billion people across the world are undernourished and
more than 205 million are unemployed whereas only 28% of global population is
covered by social protection systems.  He said, all low income countries
affected by violence or fragility have failed to achieve a single MDG target.

Jean-Luc
Stalon also discussed persistent inequalities in Pakistan. He commented that
GDP growth rate in the country between 2000-2012 averaged 4.5 percent but
inequalities during the period increased from 0.27 to 0.29 (Gini-Coefficient).
Then there are regional disparities in due to unequal resource distribution, he
added.

He
also highlighted lack of structural transformation and said “40 percent of
Pakistan’s workforce is in agriculture yet the sector produces only 21 percent
of GDP”. He argued that for growth to be inclusive, productivity in agriculture
sector needs to be improved or labor needs to be shifted to manufacturing
sector.

He
also talked on environmental challenges in Pakistan and said that estimates
suggest that environmental degradation costs the country at least 3% of the
annual GDP, with disproportionate impact upon the poor and most vulnerable.

Earlier,
Shakeel Ahmad, Programme Officer, UNDP informed participants that as the MDGs
Framework is approaching its target date of 2015, the global consultations have
started to discuss and propose what is called the post 2015 development agenda
that will succeed the MDG framework.

He
shared the details of consultation process started by United Nations all across
the world and in Pakistan. He informed that the main output of all these
consultations will be a “Key Messages Report” on the Pakistan specific
priorities for the post 2015 development agenda which would be submitted to the
UN Development Group to be included in final document.