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Federal Minister Ahsan welcomes new UN Coordinator to Pakistan

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Islamabad, 13 June 2024 (TDI): Mohamed Yahya the United Nations (UN) Resident newly designated Coordinator in Pakistan paid a courtesy call to Federal Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives Professor Ahsan Iqbal.

Minister Ahsan Iqbal warmly welcomed Mohammad Yahya, emphasizing the strong and enduring relationship between Pakistan and the United Nations. “We have a robust bond with UN agencies, and the United Nations has always stood by us during challenging times, such as climate disasters,” said Minister Ahsan Iqbal.

Mohamed Yahya the United Nations Resident newly designated Coordinator in Pakistan paid a courtesy call to Federal Minister for Planning
Mohamed Yahya the United Nations Resident newly designated Coordinator in Pakistan paid a courtesy call to Federal Minister for Planning

He also appreciated the UN’s significant efforts in assisting Pakistan during the 2022 floods. He highlighted that, in response, the Ministry of Planning, in collaboration with policymakers, developed the 4RF framework to enhance the country’s resilience against any catastrophic situations.

Minister Ahsan Iqbal emphasized the significance of the newly established Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Secretariat, which will become operational from the 1st of July 2024. “Our focus now needs to be on engaging policymakers to achieve our SDG targets and involving media professionals to spotlight critical issues related to the SDGs,” he stated.

He further underscored the pivotal role of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies in driving progress. “The country that fails to embrace these advancements will lag significantly behind,” Minister Ahsan Iqbal noted.

Reflecting on Pakistan’s commitment to the SDGs, he maintains Pakistan was among the first few countries to have adopted the SDGs agenda in the National Assembly in 2016 as our national agenda. To meet our future goals and foster growth, we believe in making SGGs a collective priority on both individual and institutional levels.

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Mohammad Yahya expressed gratitude for the government’s support and further suggested the urgency of the remaining six years to achieve the SDGs. “We must work closely on data collection, adopting new technologies, providing training, and focusing on rehabilitation and reopening of schools,” said Yahya. He commended the government’s “5Es” initiative, noting its alignment with key growth areas.

As a gesture of appreciation, Mohammad Yahya presented a souvenir to Minister Ahsan Iqbal, marking the beginning of a renewed and strengthened collaboration between Pakistan and the United Nations.

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