Social Good Summit 2016

Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow. #2030Now

“What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”

Sep 22, 2016

UNDP Pakistan hosted a Social Good Summit on 22 September 2016 in Islamabad. The one-day panel discussion was part of a larger global event held annually during United Nations General Assembly week. The flagship event took place in New York during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and over 100 country offices followed suit with their own summits.

A dynamic panel of young social activists, entrepreneurs, young parliamentarians, innovators, and sports enthusiasts came together to discuss the sustainable development goal (SDG) theme, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” The discussion was streamed live on Mashable, a global partner.

The 2016 Summit in Pakistan focused on youth, recognizing the fact that almost 64 percent of Pakistan’s population is below the age of 29 and about 31 percent is aged 15–29 years. UNDP is cognizant of the fact that the country has a unique opportunity right now to invest in an energetic and talented young population. Such engagement can help boost the national economy and bring about societal prosperity.

The discussion focused on four SDGs that are a part of UNDP’s strategic plan focus areas:

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Goal 4: Quality education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;

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Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;

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Goal 10: Reduced inequalities – Reduce inequalities within and among countries;

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Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies.

“UNDP Pakistan believes that investing in youth is paramount to sustainable development, inclusive growth and peace and justice. Our most recent works have included the National Human Development Report on youth and youth engagement, and skills development in Karachi and Dera Ismail Khan,” said Tracy Vienings, Country Director a.i., UNDP Pakistan.

The panelists concluded after a lively discussion that they wanted to see a Pakistan that was tolerant and inclusive, and where more women participated in decision and policymaking.