|Hon. Mr. Asad Qaiser
Speaker National Assembly
|It is a matter of utmost honour for Pakistan being the first country in the world to have established a Parliamentary Taskforce on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2014. Since then the Parliament of Pakistan has continued to perform its role towards the international development commitments and pursued for required legislation. In order to maintain pace and continuity, the new Convener and National Taskforce on SDGs has been nominated at priority. The SDGs Secretariat is very active in providing data and technical assistance to strengthen the role of the Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs. Keeping relevance to the devolution of power after the 18th Amendment, the provinces have also been requested to follow suit. The National and provincial taskforces will now pick from where the previous Taskforce left its work.
|Hon. Mr Riaz Fatyana
Convener National Parliamentary SDGs Taskforce
|The Constitution of Pakistan advocates for the fundamental human rights and commitment towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It provides equality to all citizens regardless of gender and ensures protection of women and children (Article 25). It binds the government to provide free and compulsory education to all children from the age of five to sixteen years (Article 25A). There is protection for the rights of minorities (Article 36) and supports women empowerment (Article 34). Article 38 promotes the social and economic well-being of the people and is related to the SDG’s: (Goal 1) No poverty, (Goal 2) No Hunger, Goal 3 (Good Health), Goal 4 (Quality Education), Goal 8 (Good Jobs and Economic Growth), and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequality). Pakistan can address the development challenges by ensuring the provision of these rights.