Shift to sustainable development goals under Vision 2025 planned

Jun 3, 2014

At Monday’s National Millennium Development Goals Conference, hosted by the National Assembly of Pakistan with support from UNDP, in an attempt to sav e the country ’s grace at international lev el, national and provincial task forces on the MDGs consisting of members of parliament and provincial assemblies came together to inform that Pakistan’s development agenda will move its focus from achieving MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in accordance with the Vision 2025 development plan.

Pakistan is one of 189 UN member states that are committed to 16 targets and 41 indicators against which progress towards achieving the eight MDGs, MNA Marriy um Aurangzeb, chairperson of the MDG Task Force, told The Express Tribune that in Pakistan, unfortunate circumstances such as security, change in political dynamics and natural disasters have played major roles in stunting efforts to achieve the goals.

Aurangzeb explained that the war on terror’s impact of Rs500 billion has affected Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa the most. She said the security situation has had a direct impact on education and increasing carbon emissions have immensely affected the environment.