Global co­op­er­a­tion key to tackle poverty: Maleeha

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At the UN, Pak­istan called for global co­op­er­a­tion to erad­i­cate poverty and achieve so­cial de­vel­op­ment for all, says a press re­lease re­ceived here from New York.

Speak­ing in the 56th Ses­sion of the Com­mis­sion for So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Pak­istan's Am­bas­sador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said that de­spite the tremen­dous progress made in re­duc­ing global poverty, sig­nif­i­cant dis­par­i­ties re­main be­tween and within coun­tries.

She said that so­cial dis­crim­i­na­tion and ex­clu­sion based on reli­gion, race, gen­der and eth­nic­ity was hin­der- ing global ef­forts to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. "With grow­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity and ex­clu­sion, per­sis­tence of un­ac­count­able in­sti­tu­tions and con­tin­u­ing con­flicts and vi­o­lence, our ef­forts to trans­form the world are un­der threat", she stressed Poverty and in­equal­ity are mul­ti­fac­eted chal­lenges that need multi-pronged so­lu­tions, Am­bas­sador Lodhi said and added, "It is only through re­al­is­tic and de­ter­mined so­cial and eco­nomic pol­i­cy­mak­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion that we can com­bat poverty.

Only in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth can pro­vide sus­tain­able jobs and pro­mote equal­ity". Ar­gu­ing that there was an in­ex­tri­ca­ble link be­tween so­cial de­vel­op­ment and eco­nomic growth, Am­bas­sador Lodhi said that both were com­ple­men­tary and mu­tu­ally re­in­forc­ing.

Em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the peo­ple, she said that it is no co­in­ci­dence that the over­ar­ch­ing ob­jec­tive of the UN's 2030 Agenda has put peo­ple and pros­per­ity at the front and cen­ter of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

She told the Com­mis­sion that Pak­istan has put in place a ro­bust re­sults-based mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem to eval­u­ate the progress of a wide range of strate­gies to en­sure im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals. Pak­istan, she said, was also im­ple­ment- ing ' peo­ple first' strate­gies to lift peo­ple out of poverty. "Our poli­cies aim to pro­mote fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion, agri­cul­tural growth, ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, pro­vi­sion of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and poverty erad­i­ca­tion", she added.

Am­bas­sador Lodhi re­ferred to the am­bi­tious CPEC project as an ex­am­ple of South-South co­op­er­a­tion for the achieve­ment of shared eco­nomic and de­vel­op­ment ob­jec­tives. "This game-chang­ing project will be piv­otal to our ef­forts to com­bat poverty and achieve SDG tar­gets. A win-win ven­ture, it of­fers eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties not only for the peo­ple of Pak­istan but also for the en­tire re­gion and be­yond", she added.

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