Sustainable Development Goals: Will It Again Be A Faulty Past Or A Prosperous Future?
Author: Ayesha Waheed

The United Nation (UN) has provided a development framework to the world in order to uplift their living conditions. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are different phases of that framework which provide time-bound goals and targets for improvement of economic, social and environmental circumstances. Like the other UN member countries including Pakistan participated in these agendas. MDGs weren’t a success story for Pakistan. Multiple demographic, financial, political and socio-economic factors were responsible as the reasons of non-achievement. In 2015, second phase was started, and Pakistan has showed a serious stance over the SDGs by declaring them as the national development agenda of the country. For the better and meaningful execution of SDG targets, Pakistan has developed an inter-coordinated institutional framework at federal and provincial level to align its policies and resources with the development requirements. The core objective of this study is to analyze the institutional coordination and execution framework of SDGs carried out by the governments at national and provincial level. For the mentioned concern, a session of in-depth interviews was conducted with the relevant stakeholders for better understanding of the process. Furthermore, indicators were selected from SDG 3, 4 and 6. The progress pace of selected indicators was analyzed that is what the annual progress level was by now and what is required afterword to achieve given targets. This analysis was made based on the data collected from PSLM and PDHS surveys. On the basis of annual change recorded in previous years, annual change required by the end of 2030 is reflected for those indicators. Finally, districts are categorized into already achieved, on-track, off-track and poor performance levels based on their estimated requirement of annual change. It gives a summarized overlook of the current and forecasted situation of selected indicators in Pakistan. It can be clearly seen from the results that Sindh and Baluchistan and some districts from KP are at higher risk of lacking behind as compared to remaining districts of KP and Punjab. Supervisor:- Dr. Shujaat Farooq

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Supervisor: Shujaat Farooq

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