Bahawalpur, 10 March 2022 (TDI): United Nations Country Team in Pakistan and South Punjab Secretariat, Government of Pakistan organized a ‘South Punjab Deep Dive’ session in Bahawalpur. It was a two-day event that ended today on March 10.

Purpose of the Session

The purpose and aim of the session were to discuss ways in which the region could be developed further. As the name explains itself ‘South Punjab Deep Dive’; South Punjab remained the region of focus. Discussions were held mainly on;

  • ways to uplift the concerned region
  • ways to achieve and ensure accelerated and fast development
  • ways to empower the women
  • decentralization in Pakistan

To promote decentralization, talks and discussions on various other platforms are also being held these days across the country. The sole purpose is to achieve better and sustainable development.

Sustainable development aims to achieve a better lifestyle. It is such a development that meets the needs of the present generation keeping in mind that the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs is not affected.

In order to ensure sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals under the Agenda 2030 are kept in mind. These goals are basically the framework for acting upon the agenda.

As far as attendees of the ‘South Punjab Deep Dive’ session are concerned there were many. United Nations Development partners, Ambassadors, Federal Ministers as well Secretaries graced the occasion with their presence.

It is relevant to mention over here that the Resident Representative of UNDP Pakistan, Knut Ostby moderated the final panel of the session. The Resident Representative also took to his official Twitter account to express his satisfaction over the successful event.

Not only that but Annabel Gerry, Development Director of British High Commission in Pakistan, one of the respectable attendees of the session also expressed her views. She stated that if women’s empowerment is taken seriously then everything will fall into place.

In a nutshell, the dialogue was aimed at the social and economic, as well as the  environmental uplifting of the Southern Punjab region.