Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal called for building a broad national consensus to achieve development goals and revive the economy.
Addressing a Sustainable Development Goals event in Islamabad on Wednesday, he noted that a country cannot progress in the presence of polarization and anarchy. He stressed that political stability and policy continuity are essential to move the country forward.
The planning minister said it was a decisive moment to learn from our past mistakes and set the country in the right direction.
Regarding the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Minister of Planning said that parliamentarians must push for such legislation and the allocation of resources in the budget that helps in the implementation of the global goals. He said parliamentarians should oversee the implementation of the SDGs.
In his remarks on the occasion, Speaker of the National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf pointed out that Pakistan had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as its own national development agenda through a unanimous resolution in 2016.
He said, however, that Covid-19 has been a major setback for our economy. Several factors affect the implementation of the SDGs, including climate change, poverty, gender inequality and socio-economic challenges. He said the formation of a national accountability and governance structure is necessary to track the nation’s progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. He said it is also imperative to protect our environment to ensure sustainable development.