Sindh to pursue SDG goals with stakeholders support

Karachi:  A task force led by MPA Pir Mujeeb and provincial government’s SDGs unit organised a dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While attending, the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah gave an overview of the Annuaa Development Plan (ADP).

The CM said that ADP was Rs55 billion in 2008-09 which has now increased to Rs274 billion by 2017-18. Amount allocated for the district development has thus also increased from Rs12 billion in 2008-09 to Rs30 billion in 2017-18.

In view of achieving SDGs f0r 2030, the CM expressed the importance of political decisions, and enhanced ownership of the SDG framework. Close coordination to mainstream the SDGs into existing budgets is required.

While talking further, he said that collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme was focusing on three areas heading towards informed policy making and a development paradigm in support of people. The first area applies to lending technical assistance to planning, implementation and checking of SDGs-related interventions in Sindh. The second area of pertains to communication support. It aims to bring the SDGs as a point of reference in Sindh government’s communication policy. The third area into focus was firming partnerships between the Sindh government and development actors for social sector development.

CM has directed his government to make the agenda possible by working closely with development partners of Sindh, members of the parliamentary task force, distinguished civil society representatives, business community, media and community-based organisations.

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