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Punjab & UNDP jointly organizes workshop on priorities for SDGs for Punjab Province at Lahore.

19 Dec, 2016

Punjab Government has committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its first priority. Concrete Steps has already been taken for the purpose. Punjab Growth Strategy was anchored in the sustainable goals and focused on such areas of strategic importance as Health, Education, Job creation and Skill Development, poverty reduction and energy sector as well.

Punjab Secretary Planning & Development Department Iftikhar Ali Sahoo stated this while inaugurating SDGs Prioritization Workshop jointly organized by P&D Punjab and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Addressing the workshop, Secretary P&D said that Punjab was attaching high priority to the social sector and during the current financial year, there has been 32% increase in social sector allocations. All the SDGs were important for the government. However, some goals were to be prioritized for early attainment for which the workshop had been organized, Sahoo added.

While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Hassan Mohtashami, Representative UNFPA said that Pakistan will have to control alarming rate of population growth failing which all the efforts for development will go waste.

During the workshop, the representatives of development organizations, CSOs, academia, private sector, local government and government departments gave their suggestions for development priorities in the Punjab Province. 

The large number of development practitioners from cross section of society also attended the SDGs workshop.