National Consultation on MDGs Post 2015
Islamabad on 18th - 19th December 2012
Pakistan NGOs Forum is Member of AGNA (Affinity Group of National Alliances) of CIVICUS. CIVICUS supported Pakistan NGOs Forum (PNF) to organize Pakistan National Consultation on 18th-19th December 2012 in Islamabad. The consultation was attended by representatives from civil society organizations, representatives of government department, youth and students.
The two days consultation provided the participants with an opportunity to review Pakistan research report, analyze the progress towards achievement of MDGs, the usefulness of MDGs framework for CSOs, role of CSOs and development of recommendations for the post 2015 framework.
The Consultation was a one of the Consultations supported by CIVICUS under Commonwealth Program "Breaking Point project"
The Commonwealth Foundation has commissioned CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation to design and coordinate the delivery of a national consultation process to validate, enhance and finalize the national reports. The Commonwealth Foundation has commissioned CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation to design and coordinate the delivery of a national consultation process to validate, enhance and finalize the national reports.
Through its Breaking Point project, the Commonwealth Foundation aims to take stock, discuss what the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have achieved and why, and stimulate thinking on the post-MDG architecture. ‘Breaking Point’ is focusing on reviewing national experiences of civil society involvement in MDG policy formulation, implementation and delivery, and monitoring. Rather than purely assessing the level of achievement of the MDGs, the project’s contribution to the MDG discussions focuses on the mechanisms of interaction between government and civil society in the national MDG integration process.
The two days consultation provided the participants with an opportunity to review Pakistan research report, analyse the progress towards achievement of MDGs, the usefulness of MDGs framework for CSOs, role of CSOs and development of recommendations for the post 2015 framework.
While reviewing the research report, the participants identified Bad Governance and Corruption as the major and most significant factors responsible for limiting the progress. The 18th amendment in the constitution which resulted sectors like health, education and women development becoming provincial subjects, also adversely affected the attainment of goals. Government failed to provide institutional frame work for monitoring the progress towards attainment of MDGs. No effort was made to develop the ownership of MDGs in the CSO and private sector, therefore the contribution of CSOs remained limited. Private sector could also not be mobilized effectively to play its role in the attainment of MDGs.
While discussing the lessons learnt participants pointed out thatMDGs could not prove very effective because they lacked the local context and could not develop the ownership among the CSOs and private sector in Pakistan. Adequate funding was not available for attainment of MDGs. Another issue was that after 9-11, MDGs were not revisited according to the changed global scenario specifically for Pakistan.
For inclusion in the Post 2015 framework following were strongly recommended by the participants:
• Strengthening of governance mechanisms
• Youth engagement
• Human Rights.
• Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
• Taxation reforms