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United Nations Development Programme Team Visits Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry to discuss Millennium Development Goals

Islamabad, March 01, 2013 (PPI-OT): A team from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) visited the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Head Office on Friday, March 01, 2013 in order to discuss the post-2015 scenario, when the current timeframe for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will come to an end. The meeting, which served to gather feedback and inputs from the private sector of Pakistan in light of the changed global environment, was attended by the representatives of academia as well as industry.

While making a detailed presentation on progress made on the MDGs, the UNDP team informed all participants that the number of the world’s poorest people (defined as earning less than $1.25 per day) have decreased from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 1.3 billion in 2008, which means that 600 million people have been lifted out of poverty.

All low income countries affected by violence or fragility have failed to achieve satisfactory success in achieving MDG targets. In the case of Pakistan, it was noted that Pakistan out of a total of 33 indicators measuring success in achieving MDGs, Pakistan was lagging behind on 20 indicators.

For the post-2015 scenario, participants suggested that the priorities should be energy, environment, economy, employment and empowerment of marginalized groups. All participants stressed that security and peace must be restored for the economy to grow. They also pointed out that there needs to be better liaison between government and the private sector so that firms wishing to play a role in social development through Corporate Social Responsibility (SCR) activities could step forward.

For more information, contact:
Syed Masood Alam Rizvi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Shahra-e-Firdousi,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

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