KARACHI: Minister Planning and Development Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani said that Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000-2015 are still pending due to inconsistent policies and weak institutional structure.
However, he said the present Sindh government is fully committed to achieving the targets set in sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. Therefore, a support unit is being created in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to obtain said targets.
He said this while speaking at a seminar identifying priorities for Sustainable Development Goals 2030 frame work for Sindh jointly held by UNDP and Planning and Development Sindh.
According to Bijarani, eradication of poverty and hunger, provision of basic health facilities, standard education, clean drinking water, energy and environment are the top priorities of the Sindh government included in SDGs 2030.
Bijarani informed that from procedural planning to resource management, all necessary preparations to achieve the SDGs have already been finalised by the Planning and Development Department Sindh.
He lauded the role of UNDP for their genuine cooperation and support in various projects. UN resident coordinator Paul Martin, renowned economist Kaiser Bengali, Secretary Planning and Development Rehana Memon and many others participated in the seminar.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2017.