22 August 2019 | KARACHI – UCLG ASPAC, LEAD for SDGs programme in collaboration with Local Council Association of Sindh (LCAS) conducted ‘Sindh Provincial Stakeholders’ Consultation Workshop on Localisation of SDGs in Pakistan’ in Karachi.  Stakeholders from the parliament, including member of provincial assembly, local governments, civil society, development sector, media, youth and corporate organisations were present to discuss the programme design, intervention logic, current challenges and issues to the local governance system.

In the result of the consultation, several recommendations were made to improve the capacities of local governments in the planning and budgeting of schemes, awareness and advocacy on 2030 Agenda of sustainable development and technical support in creating district plans and policies alignment with SDGs, as well as in the development of district coordination mechanism to involve all the relevant local stakeholders for synergies in the Sindh province interventions planned in the LEAD for SDGs programme.

Representing LCAS, Secretary General Mr. Amir Ali Shah shared that LEAD for SDGs programme will support in localising the SDGs in the province. It will also create a few exemplary districts by enhancing the capacities of local councils, finding new horizons of local revenues generation, ensuring equitable and just distribution of resources, and to work on the development of innovative technology-based local solution for local issues, by opting best practices.

The Convener, Sindh Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs, Mr. Pir Mujeeb ul Haq has put emphasis to acknowledge that SDGs global framework is all about delivering services to the communities at local council level and that we are lacking behind in this to achieve the ambitious development agenda. He further mentioned recent plan to form district level committees on SDGs. He also mentioned that Chief Minister Sindh is fully committed to achieve the 2030 Agenda and that the taskforce is working closely with the local government representative to provide effective proposals for the provincial government to further strengthen and empower the local governments in Sindh.

Other insights were contributed by Sindh SDGs Support Unit, Planning and Development Department Sindh and UNDP Pakistan’s representative, Mr. Mumtaz Ali, Project Manager, presenting the overview of the UN MAPS approach of SDGs implementation. He shared presentation on key pillars of localisation of SDGs approach and methodology including the initial base work, data availability and gaps, reporting and monitoring mechanism, financing and resource management and innovative action to create effective solutions. He also shared Government of Sindh SDGs Localisation Framework and priority goals with short-term, mid-term and long-term priorities. He then shared overview of previous activities and ongoing actions on localisation and mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda in the business of the government.  He shared that thematic committees and clusters are working on different goals, civil society, related provincial ministries and departments are part of these to synergise the efforts and accelerate the progress on SDGs.

Discussions also brought up the fact that local governments are in the process of revising the existing Sindh Local Government Act 2013, as mentioned by the Chief Guest; Provincial Minister for Local Governments Sindh, Mr. Syed Nasir Hussain Shah. Issue on women participation in local governments was also discussed in addition to various other topics: empowerment of local governments, collaborations between Members of the Provincial Assembly and local governments, maintaining the local context when producing policies, involvement of local communities, and the needs of data gathering as reference for stakeholders’ actions.

UCLG ASPAC and LEAD for SDGs Team thank all related stakeholders for attending the consultation workshop and their positive contribution. We continuously look forward to closer cooperation for the success of this programme.

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