Government fully committed to Sustainable Development Goals: Asad Umar
KARACHI: Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Special Initiative Asad Umar has said that the government was fully committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. He highlighted government’s primary focus is on socio-economic and human resource development and to bridge disparities among districts of the country for sustained national development. The Federal Minister was talking to Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mr. Ignacio Artaza, who called on him at the Ministry of Planning Development & Reform on Wednesday. Secretary Zafar Hasan and senior officials of the Ministry were also present. Talking about SDGs, the Minister said that the Government’s socio-economic agenda is aligned with SDGs adding that efforts are underway to frame a comprehensive strategy to achieve all the targets. He said that government is committed to work for achievement of SDGs through innovative and focused implementation strategies in the social, economic and environmental fields. He said that the government would continue to work jointly with development partners for mainstreaming and executing the 2030 agenda. Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Ignacio Artaza said that Pakistan was the early starter on SDGs. He said that we are in the close coordination with federal and provincial governments. Minister Asad Umar and Resident Representative UNDP, Ignacio Artaza agreed on keeping regular coordination for increased cooperation in different sectors in Pakistan especially in skill and youth development programs.