Minister Ahsan Iqbal appointed United Nations Development Programme’s Champion Minister to promote Sustainable Development Goals

Islamabad, February 25, 2016 (PPI-OT):Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal has been appointed as UNDP’s Champion Minister from Asia Pacific region to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He was appointed UNDP’s Champion Minister for working proactively to implement of SDGs in Pakistan at UNDP’s at 50th anniversary of UNDP meeting in UN Headquarters.

Speaking on the occasion, Ahsan Iqbal said that UNDP and Pakistan share a strategic partnership in development and termed 50th anniversary of UNDP a milestone. He praised UNDP for support along the road to development with zero political agenda and said that it is essential for UNDP to create strong and effective knowledge sharing platforms. UNDP is a trusted partner of the Government of Pakistan and will remain so.

The Government of Pakistan look forward to continued partnership with UNDP for human development and the achievement of SDGs, he stated. UNDP in Pakistan has remained actively involved in areas ranging from policy reforms, environment and climate change, disaster risk reduction and management and democratic governance, Ahsan Iqbal pointed out.

He highlighted the proactive policy of Pakistan for implementation of SDGs and pointed out that Pakistan is the first country in the world to adopt SDG as National Development Agenda and through adoption of unanimous resolution in National Assembly of Pakistan, which is already reflected in Pakistan Vision 2025. “Pakistan is leading development agenda by creating ownership, Ahsan Iqbal maintained. With support from UNDP, for the first time SDG Secretariat has been established in the Parliament of Pakistan.

Ahsan Iqbal said that government has signed a long-term agreement with UNDP, under which national SDGs initiative has been launched to provide effective governance mechanisms for policy mainstreaming, coordination and monitoring of SDGs in Pakistan. Besides this, the Government of Pakistan has also shown its intention to transform the current MDG fund into a SDG fund for community based interventions to achieve SDGs.

Minister Planning and Development noted that world has a share destiny and called upon developed world to show responsibility in mitigating damage of climate change in developing countries. Meanwhile, Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal visited Google Headquarters in Bay Area, Silicon Valley. He discussed with the management of Google for its contribution towards development of IT sector in Pakistan.

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