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Pakistan has integrated the objectives and targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 in our national economic and development planning, which will enable Pakistan to join the league of upper middle class countries by 2030. This was stated by Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Adviser at a special event held Friday, at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in Bangkok.

Mr. Aziz noted that Pakistan’s seriousness in implementing SDGs is reflected in the ‘Vision 2025’, which is a policy framework of the Government of Pakistan to build upon the Millennium Development Goals and use it as a launching pad for complete fulfillment of the SDGs before 2030. Pakistan is perhaps the first country to formalize broad political support for the SDGs through adoption of a unanimous resolution in National Assembly of Pakistan on 19 February 2016.

Mr. Aziz also highlighted Pakistani Government’s economic policies that have infused greater realization in the international community and financial institutions of the country’s economic strength. Referring to the priority attached by the Government to agriculture and youth sectors, the Adviser mentioned Prime Minister’s Agricultural Package of Rs. 341 billion and the Youth Programmes with a budget outlay of Rs. 20 billion.

Pakistan’s Foreign Adviser was in Bangkok to participate in the 14th Ministerial meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD).

Bangkok, Thailand
11 March 2016

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