Pakistan urged to learn from other South Asian countries

January 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD: UN Assistant Secretary General Haoliang Xu and the new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Director for Asia and the Pacific has urged upon Pakistan to learn from other South Asian countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

He noted the commendable performance of other South Asian countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on achieving the MDGs vis-a-vis Pakistan and emphasised the need for South-South learning. Pakistan can learn a lot from countries in South Asia with better MDGs performance, he added.

The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform (MPDR) and the UNDP launched here on Wednesday the fifth National MDG Report for Pakistan in Islamabad MDGR. The report assesses progress towards achieving the MDGs, galvanising efforts for a final push for their achievement. The report records successes and challenges, and shares initial thoughts on the post-2015 development agenda for Pakistan. For the first time, this MDGR includes a review of sub-national and district level status and trends. UNDP Pakistan is also launching an Internet MDG monitor to make up-to-date information on the country’s MDG progress more widely.