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Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar to review progress on implementation and institutional arrangements for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

Dated : 5 October 2020

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar to review progress on implementation and institutional arrangements for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Planning Ministry.

The Minister was briefed about the milestones achieved on SDGs. It was informed that Pakistan has integrated the SDGs into its national development agenda. Task forces have been established in the national and provincial parliaments to review progress and facilitate legislative support for implementation.

Seven SDGs support units have been instituted at the federal and provincial levels to facilitate vertical and horizontal coordination among stakeholders. Pakistan has determined baselines and targets for all SDG indicators, and data collection tools have been modified to improve data availability.

Chief SDGs briefed the Planning Minister on implementation of SDGs in Pakistan, and progress on SDGs Index. He said that Pakistan has translated World Health Organisation’s guidelines on COVID19 in Braille and sign language to facilitate all segment of the society. SDGs goals and targets have also been translated in Braile and Sign language.

It was also noted that efforts are being made to bridge the data gaps for which surveys are being conducted by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The Planning Minister instructed to operationalize the NEC sub Committee on SDGs and directed to convene a meeting to set the priorities.