Islamabad, February 27, 2014 (PPI-OT): At the UN today, Pakistan highlighted its achievements towards realizing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); in spite of the fact that huge resources have been allocated to fight terrorism and had to deal with massive natural disasters, says a press release received from United Nations here today.
Ambassador Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UN while addressing the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment said that Pakistan has already drastically reduced the poverty from 34.5% in 2001/02 to 12.4% in 2010/11; has reduced child mortality and improved maternal health; however, considerable ground has yet to be covered. Pakistan, he said, has made impressive strides in women’s empowerment, particularly by enhancing their representation in national and provincial assemblies.
He said that the government of Pakistan has accelerated the pace for other MDGs. “Education and health spending has been increased for 2 to 4%, and 1 to 2% of GDP, respectively. We are especially focusing on young people to give them high-quality education, life skills and vocational training”, he added.
Referring to Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, Pakistani envoy said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has started a credit programme for young entrepreneurs to enable them to start small businesses.
He said that while developing countries have made progress in achieving the MDGs agenda, they, however, continue to face significant development challenges and that many MDGs will remain unmet by the deadline of 2015. “The discussions on the post-2015 development agenda provide us a historic opportunity to deliberate on making the UN more relevant and responsive to the evolving development landscape”, he added.
Ambassador Khan said that Pakistan considered the United Nations as a strong partner for its own development objectives and for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Together, Pakistan and the United Nations collaborate to craft solutions that improve the lives of the people of Pakistan, eliminate poverty and strengthen institutional capacity, he added.
UN-Pakistan partnerships in the past have been successful in the areas of poverty reduction, empowerment of women, disaster management, environment, and climate change finance and adaptation.
Ambassador Khan said, “We particularly value our association with the United Nations to improve data collection and collation. The United Nations also provides a good conduit to our economic policy-makers and managers, at the federal, provincial and local levels, to link up with innovative global solutions’.
According to the Secretary General’s Report, the UN system is the largest multilateral partner of the developing countries, providing 17% of the total Official Development Assistance. The UN Development System must continue to assist countries in achieving MDGs in the remaining period till 2015, Ambassador Masood Khan said.
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