Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda: A Significant Opportunity for Pakistan

Abstract

The Post-2015 Development Agenda is aimed at providing a framework to identify global and national priorities and stir up action towards a sustainable development for all. The United Nations (UN) since 2000 has introduced two distinct sets of global agenda, aimed at bringing together the international community towards a single objective of achieving sustainable development. First, the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that lasted from 2000-2015 and ushered into Post-2015 World Development Agenda, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through participatory, inclusive and formalised processes. The SDGs try to build upon the achievements of MDGs by learning from its past mistakes. They have come into action since the beginning of 2016 and will continue until 2030, all the while setting in motion the UN’s vision of sustained universal development. The new Development Agenda is focused on bringing in multi-faceted reforms, removing the main impediments to development and building a conducive international environment for sustainable development, especially for the developing countries like Pakistan. The objective of this paper is to highlight a feasible path for Pakistan based on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs to create a foundation for development through which the country can achieve economic progress and equitable human welfare, by overcoming the various impediments in the current socio-political environment.

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