Government of Pakistan and UNDP host National Seminar on Rio+20 and beyond

18 Sep 2012

Islamabad, 18 September, 2012: The Government of Pakistan in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a national seminar on Rio+20 and beyond. This seminar was held to discuss Pakistan and the Rio+20 Negotiations Processes, Outcomes of Rio+20, Sustainable Development in Pakistan and Looking Forward Post Rio+20 and 2015.

Mr. Timo Pakkala, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative welcomed the participants and said, “There is no doubt that the Rio+20 Conference, and the lead up to it, generated new ideas and commitments, engaged citizens, and changed mindsets. The road leading us from Rio, however, will be just as important as the one taking us there.” He further elaborated that “Our goal is clear, Reduce Poverty, Increase Prosperity and Resilience, but leave a smaller Carbon footprint. The UN System in Pakistan is committed to continue its support to achieve the four-pronged road map set in Rio + 20.”

Mr. Mahmood Alam, Secretary Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan shed light on the outcomes of Rio+20 and said that “Pakistan is fully committed to the implementation of the work program on sustainable development as identified in Agenda 21 and reaffirmed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development.” He reiterated the Government’s commitment and said “The Government’s commitment to their implementation is evident in its policies and plans including the new Framework for Economic Growth approved in 2011, which provide an integrated agenda for promoting sustainable development in the country in all dimensions of Sustainable Development.” He also highlighted the development of the National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSD) through the support of UNDP.

Mr. Toshihiro Tanaka, Country Director UNDP Pakistan, made a presentation titled “Rio+20 and Beyond”. He highlighted that the future we want should include our common vision, renewed political commitment, Green economy (Sustainable Development, poverty eradication), Institutional framework for sustainable development, framework for action and follow-up and the means of implementation. He stressed on the fact that the environmental trends threaten human development progress and development gaps would be harder to close. He said that “Pakistan is one of the 50 countries selected for country consultations with the objective to stimulate discussions amongst stakeholders and to garner inputs and ideas for post 2015 development agenda: a shared global vision of the “future we want.” For the complete presentation, please see: http://undp.org.pk/images/documents/Rio+20%20and%20Beyond%2018-09-2012%20(Latest).pdf

Other notable speakers included His Excellency Alfredo Leoni, Ambassador of Brazil to Pakistan, Mr. Javed Malik, Secretary Planning & Developmnet Division, Government of Pakistan, Mr. Jawed Ali Khan, DG (Environment), Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan. This was followed by a lively question and answer session with the audience.

UNDP Pakistan worked closely with the Ministry of Climate Change and other key stakeholders in preparations for Rio+20 that took place on the 22nd of June this year. Consultations on Pakistan Country Report and zero draft of Rio+20 Declaration titled "The Future We Want" were held at national and provincial level with government, academia, civil society, UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders. UNDP Pakistan also supported development of Pakistan's National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) which was presented at Rio +20.

Contact Information

For further information and media assistance, please contact, Fatimah Inayet, Communications Analyst, Communication Unit, UNDP.

Email: Fatimah.inayet@undp.org

Tel: +92-51-8355638 ext 5650