Mr. Shaid Naeem
Chief / Project Director (SDGs)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have not only replaced the "Millennium Development Goals - MDGs" but also provided a new development paradigm for humanity where development has become a right. SDGs are universal set of 17 goals, 169 targets and 241 indicators that UN member states are expected to localize in their own development agendas and socio-economic policies during the period 2015-2030. All 17 goals are based on three pillars, i.e., inclusivity, equity and sustainability.
Pakistan was the early starter on SDGs and Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives launched the SDGs as a people centric development agenda. The parliament declared them as "national development goals" through a resolution. Planning Ministry started spadework on implementation of this very important agenda in close coordination with provincial governments. Translating the ambitious SDG agenda into a workable action plan and selection ofcountry specific targets and indicators in two years was a huge challenge particularly for developing countries like Pakistan. Therefore, Pakistan has started translating global SDGs framework into national action plan.
The SDGs framework requires an integrated monitoring and evaluation framework with review processes at four levels: Global, Regional, National and Thematic. However, the main focus of SDG monitoring mechanism will remain at the national level for convenience of reporting. A sound indicator framework has provided a robust management tool to develop implementation strategies and allocate resources accordingly. A well-defined set of indicators guarantees regular monitoring of progress towards sustainable development and help ensure the accountability of all stakeholders for achieving the SDGs.
The planning ministry has launched "National Initiative on SDGs" in collaboration with UNDP. Under this initiative, federal and four provincial SDG support units are already established. The objective of these units is to enhance coordination, oversight and technical support to the government of Pakistan in achieving SDGs targets. Federal SDG Unit is connected with four provincial units for monitoring and evaluation of SDG indicators.