Over the past three years, we have worked with the federal and provincial planning institutions and national and provincial institutions to localize and integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in national policies and systems. SDG Support Units have been established in the planning institutions and national and provincial Parliamentary SDG Task Forces including a National SDG Secretariat in the National Assembly of Pakistan. These units are providing platforms for public and non-public entities to discuss, coordinate and collaborate on SDGs’ related actions.
Pakistan Administrated Kashmir has an area of 13,297 square kilometers while its population is 4.05 million, resulting in a high population density of 304 persons per square km. The urban population is 17.4 percent whereas 82.6 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Approximately 18 percent of its population lives below the national poverty line and 25 percent can be considered multidimensionally poor.
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) covers over 72,000 square kilometers, amongst the world’s highest mountain range, in the north of Pakistan and borders China, Afghanistan, and India. Situated at the confluence of the Karakoram, Hindu Kush and Himalayan mountains, Gilgit-Baltistan is home to five of the "eight-thousanders" and has more than fifty peaks above 7,000 meters.
The northern part of Pakistan is known for its scenic beauty, tall mountains and cold climate. These very attributes have drawn tourists from across the world to the region for more than a century. These visitors include those wishing to get away from the hustle bustle of the city as well as mountaineers and trekkers looking for adventure. Among the various attractions of this area, the Baltoro Glacier stands out prominently since, at 62 Kilometres, not only is it the longest glacier outside the polar region but it also leads to Concordia, where Baltoro and Godwin Austin glaciers meet and make up a doorway to four peaks with a height greater than 8,000 meters.
With a population of 197 million, and with 68% of the nation younger than 30 (and 27% between the ages of 15 – 29; an age group which Pakistan defines as youth), Pakistan now has more young people than ever. YEP believes that a wealth of untapped problem-solving potential is hidden within young people – and collaborated with the Innovation Portfolio to brainstorm the best way of harnessing this for positive social impact.
Gulistan Rani is a student of Biological Sciences at Karakorum International University in Hunza. She is committed to tree plantation in her area– which is vulnerable to natural calamities due to climate change. Being a student of Biological Sciences, she understands the benefits of reforestation for the environment. Due to rising temperature, Galactical Lakes Outburst Floods (GLOF) are now happening frequently in Northern Pakistan. Reforestation is identified as one of the solutions that can reverse the process of rapidly changing climate.

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