United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Knut Ostby discussed and finalised the way forward on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Investments in the country with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan.
The UNDP representative called on the minister in Islamabad and briefed him on UNDP’s intervention in Pakistan. Under Country Programme Document (CPD), the UNDP is working in Pakistan in the areas of democratic governance, development policy, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment & climate change.
Omar Ayub appreciated the contribution made by the UNDP towards the attainment of the SDGs and highlighted that fruitful results can only be achieved through greater collaboration, increased communication and proactive measures.
He said that the involvement of private sector is important for achieving SDGs and added that Pakistan is amongst the first countries that adopted the SDGs as National Development Goals and one of the few countries that is investing from its own resources to achieve the SDGs.
The Minister also listed the development priorities of the government. “We are confident that SDG investments will create impactful results for the people of Pakistan,” he added.
Knut Ostby assured him of the UNDP’s support to the government of Pakistan to achieve 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also thanked the government of Pakistan for the support extended in organisation of SDG Investment Fair in April 2021 and appreciated the government for taking steps in achieving the SDGs.