De­vel­oped coun­tries should ad­dress eco­nomic chal­lenges

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan has urged the de­vel­oped coun­tries to show more re­spon­si­bil­ity in help­ing to ad­dress de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges in a world where pros­per­ity and poverty still co­ex­ist.

Speak­ing at UNDP's 50th an­niver­sary Min­is­te­rial Meet­ing in the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, the leader of Pak­istan's del­e­ga­tion, Mr. Ah­san Iqbal, Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and Re­form, who has been also ap­pointed as Cham­pion Min­is­ter for SDG Agenda by UNDP, pointed out that we live in a world of shared des­tiny and there can be no room for is­lands of peace and con­flict, pros­per­ity and poverty, health and dis­ease, and education and il­lit­er­acy in to­day's world. "Th­ese dis­par­i­ties must end", he em­pha­sized.

The UN, he said, should work to­wards a shared pros­per­ity based on a re­vi­tal­ized global part­ner­ship for a pros­per­ous world. The other pan­elists in the spe­cial ses­sion in­cluded the Pres­i­dent of Togo, the Columbian Min­is­ter for Post Con­flict, Hu­man Rights and Se­cu­rity, the Swedish Min­is­ter for Strate­gic Plan­ning and Nordic Co­op­er­a­tion, and the Egyp­tian Min­is­ter for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion.

In a Davos-style panel dis­cus­sion, the Min­is­ter told the world body that he has brought a mes­sage of op­ti­mism from Pak­istan, which has, since the last three years, been on a jour­ney of hope. "Pak­istan is mak­ing strides in tack­ling its so­cial, eco­nomic and de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges", he said. The Min­is­ter de­scribed Pak­istan's "jour­ney of turn­around" by de­tail­ing the ef­forts the coun­try was mak­ing in deal­ing with se­cu­rity, en­ergy, eco­nomic and de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges. He said that the coun­try's eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors were im­prov­ing as also was en­ergy and law and or­der sit­u­a­tion.

The Min­is­ter ex­pressed the govern­ment's re­solve to build mo­men­tum on this path to re­cov- ery. Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the de­vel­op­ment role of UNDP, he said that Pak­istan greatly val­ued its part­ner­ship with UNDP and other UN Agen­cies. He said dur­ing the past fifty years, Pak­istan and the UNDP part­nered on a num­ber of strate­gic is­sues start­ing from the de­vel­op­ment of Hu­man De­vel­op­ment In­dex by an em­i­nent Pak­istani, Dr. Mah­bub-ul­Haq. The Min­is­ter also ap­pre­ci­ated the con­tin­ued sup­port ex­tended by UNDP to im­prove pub­lic sec­tor gov­er­nance in Pak­istan. Mr. Iqbal em­pha­sized that goals were easy to set but a strong in­sti­tu­tional frame­work and ma­chin­ery was needed to trans­late th­ese goals into re­al­ity.

The Min­is­ter also flagged Pak­istan's ex­treme vul­ner­a­bil­ity to the im­pact of cli­mate change. He said, "Pak­istan was among the top 5 most vul­ner­a­ble coun­tries to cli­mate change and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters de­spite be­ing a very low green­house gas emit­ter". He said that, mil­lions of peo­ple are threat­ened by cli­mate change im­pact caused by ir­re­spon­si­ble growth in the de­vel­oped world. "

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