The ground is laid for SDG achievement in Sindh
21 Aug 2017
In 2015, Pakistan was at the forefront of setting a new global agenda – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through Agenda 2030, Pakistan and other nations committed to building a more prosperous and equitable world, with sustainable development benefiting all. In February 2016, Pakistan’s National Assembly marked the country’s commitment to this ambitious agenda, endorsing the SDGs as national development goals.
Recognizing that achieving the SDGs needs coordinated and careful planning in every province, the Government of Sindh committed Rs 594 million to support SDG implementation in the province in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Achieving the SDGs in Sindh requires balancing the three dimensions of sustainable development the social, economic and environmental, in all strategies and policies. This needs a structured and integrated approach.
With support from UNDP, the Mainstreaming, Accelerating and Policy Support for SDGs in Sindh Province has established a provincial SDG Support Unit in the Sindh Planning and Development Board. This aims to mainstream the SDGs into provincial development plans and strategies; strengthen coordination, monitoring, and reporting; support integrated and innovative approaches; and support policy, research, and knowledge management.
The unit has led three consultative workshops with line departments, UN agencies, civil society organizations and academia. Six divisional workshops have sensitized district governments on their crucial role in achieving Agenda 2030.
This collaboration is laying the ground for the achievement of the SDGs in Sindh. The Government of Sindh has instructed all departments to link planned schemes under the Annual Development Plans with the SDGs. The Government of Sindh has spent Rs 29 billion for 750 new schemes in 2016–2017 and allocated Rs 56 billion in 2017–2018 for 541 new schemes related to SDG achievement.
A Parliamentary Task Force and Provincial Technical Committee have been established, while a Core Group is leading efforts to ensure policy coherence and structured approaches. This Core Group has representatives from key government departments, academia and civil society organizations. Its task is to develop clusters, framework and a roadmap for SDG implementation in Sindh. As the next step, UNDP will support the Government of Sindh to form clusters, engage with the private sector, and promote innovation and use of information technology to track and report progress.
These institutional and coordination structures are a breakthrough for the Government of Sindh. Through careful planning and close coordination, the province has laid a strong foundation for the achievement of Agenda 2030, and marked a major advance in the national and global effort to ensure sustainable development for all.