Islamabad, December 27, 2018 (PPI-OT): Parliamentary Secretary Ms. Kanwal Shauzab has said that the Government is making endeavours to expedite the implementation and localisation of SDGs Goals. She said this during a meeting with a delegation of representatives of various UN agencies to discuss SDGs agendas with regard to monitoring and evaluation, civil registration and vital statistics system, and population control programs. The delegation comprised Mr. Saad Sultan of UN Women, Ms. Miral Ahsan representing SDGs Secretariat, NAP, Ms. Muqaddisa Mehreen of UNICEF, Mr. Muqaddar Shah of UNPF while Dr. Muhammad Asif, Chief Health Section of Planning Commission was also present in the meeting.
The Parliamentary Secretary stated that monitoring, evaluation and data collection for 17 Goals of SDGs require trained human resource. For the localisation of SDGs agenda, the prioritised Goals need to be translated and communicated to the local bodies which would not only help in effective implementation but would also give ownership to the local representatives.
Ms. Kanwal Shauzab noted that Pakistan has one of the largest percentage of young people where 64 pc of total population is below the age of 30 while 29 pc population is between 15 and 29 years of age. Government of Pakistan is deliberating to launch vocational training programs at large scale to equip youth with skills and relevant expertise to make them compatible with the modern job market.
The Parliamentary Secretary underlined that the Government aims to empower women and provide them facilities and an enabling environment to make them self-sufficient. ‘Empowerment of women will have productive impact on generations to come’, stated the Parliamentary Secretary. It was decided that a national level conference would be organised with inclusion of federal, provincial and district level SDGs representatives to discuss the future agenda of advocacy and localisation.
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