UNDP, Sindh govt vows to decrease poverty, provide quality education, health

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KARACHI (By Lala Hassan/ENN) Sindh chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) delegation led by its Resident Representative Mr Knut Ostby discussed implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address the issues of poverty, hunger, provision of best health facilities and quality education and top of its provision of clean water and sanitation facilities in the province.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Social Welfare Sajid Jokhio, Advisor on Law Murtaza Wahab, MPAs Pir Mujeeb, Qasim Soomro, Secretary Finance Sajid Jamal Abro, Chief Economist P&D Asghar Memon and others. The UDP delegation members include Ammara Durani, Umer Khaliq, Sajid Ghani, Moin Zaidi, Zafar Qureshi and Shujaa hakim.
The chief minister said that the SDGS -2030 would be implemented in true letter and spirit for which a separate unit had been established in the P & D department.
With the support of UNDP, the Sindh government is committed to achieve 17 different goals in the province by 2030. They include poverty reduction, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation, and infrastructure; reduced inequality; sustainable cities and clean energy, responsible consumption, and production; climate action; life below water, life on land; peace, Justice and strong institution; and partnership for the goals.
The CM and UNDP representatives discussed each and every goal and committed to achieve them in true letter and spirit.
Mr Shah said that provincial Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs has been engaged which has held consultative Sessions on focused legislation, policy & planning, and budgeting & oversight for SDGs.
The CM said that in order to strengthen the capacity of the government’s department for operationalization of SDGs Framework the P&D department has organized consultative workshops.
The chief minister and the UNDP delegation agreed to keep reviewing the implementation process and pace of every SDG.

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