Sustainable development goals as less as they seem they are even harder to achieve. These 17 SDG's are said to be crucial steps in making Pakistan a better place. But do we have it in us to make our country a better place? That’s the actually questions. Pakistan does not have such a good standing of completing such goals in the past along with some other countries but do recognizes the significance of their failures.
Currently where we lag behind is the Education sector. This is one of the biggest challenges faced by the country in our present times. As according to reports Pakistan is only spending 2% of their GDP on Education which is far less than what is required to complete the goals by 2030. However, recent efforts have been made on primary school level to increase student’s enrollment by giving various incentives such as stipends or monthly grants especially for the poor families. Major initiatives taken by government to encounter inequality in education sector include launch of National Curriculum Reforms, Examination System Reforms, Transformational teacher training program, Science Talent Farming Scheme, Punjab Endowment Funds and provision of computers and labs to 2500 high schools in Punjab. Moreover, it depends on the efforts of governments to come in the future whether or not we can achieve this milestone.
Another issue of grave importance is sanitation. The country has been making advancement in this sector as Pakistan was one of the few countries to meet the MDG’s sanitation targets in 2015. 64 percent of Pakistanis are now using an improved sanitation facility for now.That was an achievement unlocked, therefore as part of these initiatives; the country will host South Asian Conference on Sanitation next year and likely in Islamabad.
One area where the country flourishes is the economic development sector. This is the key success and all goals related to this sector are likely to be achieved. The government has adopted inclusive and sustainable economic policies to minimize socio-economic inequalities. The recent energy crisis had led the country to take a different route to success which includes shifting to solar power in the future. As Pakistan is blessed to have all four seasons solar energy is of great use.
The Government has devised “Vision 2025” agenda through a broader political consensus in which all relevant stakeholders are taken on board. Government has already taken multiple initiatives in education, health, skills development, social safety net, infrastructure, energy and disaster mitigation etc. Given the consistency of policies and political stability in Pakistan, Pakistan will emerge as one of the top 25 economies in the world by 2025. The government has also internalized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as National Goals and this is a major policy shift. Making these goals a priority is what distinguishes Pakistan from many countries. This shows the spirit and ability of a country to fulfill their responsibilities.
Here’s to making Pakistan a more sustainable developed country in the future.