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Published Date: Dec 12, 2013

SDPI Press Release (December 12, 2013)

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute’s (SDPI) annual Sustainable Development Conference concluded today
with a renewed resolve towards greater regional cooperation in South
Asia. The conference brought together policy and practice communities to
interact and recommend interventions and present workable solutions to
emerging challenges in South Asia.

Experts in the session on
alternate dispute resolution (ADR) and access to justice highlighted the
need for such mechanisms so as to prevent various types of conflict,
including the persistent militancy problem in Pakistan. In the
roundtable discussion on governance, peace and justice in South Asia,
Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, SDPI observed that bilateral
issues are halting regional cooperation. Paul Macarthy from the World
Bank highlighted the unbalanced distribution of power between the public
sector, private sector and citizens. Good governance can only be
ensured when there is equal distribution of power in the society, he
observed. It was also noted that connecting people, as in the IDRC
fellowship for Asian students, has helped students across South Asia to
explore and understand common challenges to the region.
On the 2015
development agenda in the context of MDGs, MNA Marriyum Aurangzeb
observed that Pakistan has been unable to achieve MDGs due to lack of
effective monitoring. She added that peace and security should be
included as a separate goal in the post-MDGs agenda. Experts also
stressed that the civil administration involved in the implementation of
MDGs needs to be monitored and held accountable. Their performance
should be linked with clear performance indicators. The development
partners and the global community should be reminded of their promise
towards fulfilling the MDG goal focusing on building global
partnerships. The developed countries must honor their commitments in
the MDGs process and should contribute towards foreign assistance, the
committed portfolio of investments.

Panelists in the session on
Institutional Dynamics of Policy Research in South Asia identified
discrepancies in the institutional dynamics of policy making in the
region. The dynamics of policy making were argued to be inconsistent in
order to encourage policy-relevant research. It was suggested that
quality research should serve as guidance for policy makers. It was
established that the issue of autonomy over the research agenda has
particular influence on the relevance and the quality of research
produced by either universities or think tanks.

Experts in the
panel on regional cooperation for food security in South Asia
highlighted that food insecurities in the region may grow starker if
cooperative measures are not pursued between SAARC member states. In
Bangladesh, there is in imbalance between taxation and food prices,
while local markets are also dependent on India. Food security is also
imperative for poverty reduction and human development in the region.
Experts in the panel on preservation of heritage highlighted the
importance of regional languages and dialects in Pakistan. They also
observed that more of cultural and regional studies should be
incorporated in schooling curricula in Pakistan.