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United Nations Pakistan, Punjab Government & Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms Jointly Organized 1st Provincial Consultation Workshop on SDGs at Lahore.

30 Sep, 2016

United Nations Development Program and Punjab Planning & Development Department in collaboration with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, Pakistan jointly organized first provincial consultation workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) at Lahore. Senior public officials including Planning and Development (P&D) board members & chiefs, representative from other UN agencies, research institutions, academia and NGOs/INGOs attended the workshop.

The government of the Punjab has selected two vulnerable districts as a pilot, including Rajanpur and Bhakkar for localization of SDGs in the province. This was stated by Khalid Sultan, Senior Chief Regional Planning, P&D Department—while addressing on the consultative workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The workshop was organized by Development Policy Unit (DPU) of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with P&D department, Punjab and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Pakistan.

While discussing the salient features of SDGs regime, Provincial Project Manager of Punjab SDGs unit, Muhammad Zaman Wattoo said that the SDGs regime had five main pillars. These pillars seek to improve the lives of people by eliminating poverty and hunger, protecting planet from degradation, fostering peace and justice, ensuring that all human beings enjoy prosperous lives and building partnerships to mobilize resources to achieve the post 2015 agenda.

Zafar ul Hassan, Chief Poverty Alleviation and SDGs from Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, while talking about Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) explained the existing trends of poverty and their composition with respect to health, education and standard of living. He added that MPI will help the government in designing targeted based intervention for most deserving and poorest districts and will surely support the government efforts in mainstreaming SDGs in local development plans and strategies.

Number of such consultation workshops will be planned in next few months at district level in Punjab focusing on sensitization and awareness raising of SDGs and MPI.