September 12, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: The fraternity of Development sector including the Members National Assembly, line Federal Ministries, attached Government Departments, Donors and Civil Society Organisation met at National Assembly to initiate an open, inclusive and transparent consultation process at Federal & Provincial Level with all the key stake holders with respect to current status of MDGs 2015 and Post MDGs 2015 scenario.

This Dialogue was initiated in light of the direction of the Speaker, National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. Mr. Sadiq earlier has constituted a Task Group on MDGs under the convenorship of Ms. Mariyam Aurangzeb, Member National Assembly, Government of Pakistan.
This initiative was especially taken by the speaker to give a boost to the ongoing efforts of accelerating the pace of work on the MDGs at the Fe and Pro by invoking the dictum of Parliament oversight.

In year 2000, 189 Countries pledged to free people from extreme Poverty and multiple depreciations. The Pledge resulted into MDGs 2015 Declaration including eradication extreme Poverty and Hunger, achieve universal primary education, promoting gender equality and women empowerment, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/aids, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a Global Partnership for development.

Pakistan committed to 16 targets and 41 indicators against which progress towards achieving the Eight Goals of the MDG’s is measured. Time series data available for 33 of these indicators reveal that Pakistan is on track to achieve the targets on 9 indicators, whereas its progress on 24 indicators is off track.

The objective of the Task Group is to review the progress in respective MDGs against the set targets, milestones, challenges and lessons learnt, share analysis and recommendation on the way forward for MDG 20132015 .

The planned series of consultation will culminate in compilation of transformational recommendation from stakeholders on post2015 MDG strategy that will enable continuous discourse with the UN, Inter Parliamentary Union, Common Wealth Parliamentary Association.

Furthermore, the Task Group will keep and oversight on implementation of Millennium Acceleration Framework on Education 20132015 which is chosen as priority MDG for the period of 20132015.

Similar Task Groups will be formed at the provincial levels to maintain a robust Coordination between federation and Provinces which will further facilitate an inter provincial coordination to track and monitor the MAF performance in future.

Ms. Mariyam Aurangzeb gave detailed presentation on the back ground of MDGs, Status of Pakistan on each MDGs, Challenges, Lesson Learnt and way forward. Ms. Aurangzeb also highlighted that Pakistan will miss majority of the MDGs targets if “business as usual” continues until the deadline of 2015.

She elaborated the importance of availability of credible, authentic, and comparable data, which plays a critical role to track, monitor and evaluate the social sector reforms to make informed policies. She highlighted that with the changing trends and positive will of the Government of Pakistan she is hopeful that more proactive strategy will be adopted towards social sector reforms.

The meeting which was also attended by the MNA including Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Rida Khan, Tahira Aurangzeb and Romina Khurshid Alam to primarily focus on sustainable mechanisms for adequate follow ups with regards to MDGs.

The meeting was attended by the representatives the line ministries, attached department and related development sector organisations. These included Cabinet Division, Economic Affair Division, Planning & Development Division, National Health Services regulations and coordination, Pakistan Beau rue of Statistics, Ministry of education Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, Climate Change Division, UNDP, PIDE, SDPI, WWF, WHO, NCSW and IUCN etc