Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Pakistan
The United Nations General Assembly pledged in 2015 to take on a collective journey and achieve a sustainable and resilient path by 2030. The roadmap to this vision was laid out in the form of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. This was a universal roadmap for the people, planet, and their prosperity, and the promise was to leave no one behind.
A vision so paramount needed global coordination and collaboration. The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) plays a pivotal role in providing this oversight and implementing SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Lead by Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned economist and UN’s Senior Advisor, it is a network of economies working together to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate practical solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. It does so by mobilizing the community of scientific and technological experts, policy think tanks, industry, government systems, and civil society.
Part of the global SDSN, SDSN Pakistan was formed in January 2021. It is hosted by the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at the Aga Khan University, and consists of the Leadership Council, Secretariat, and the Members Body.
Pakistan is of great significance to contributing to the 2030 Agenda. It was one of the first countries to endorse the SDGs and one of the few countries to have formed the Parliamentary SDGs Secretariat based at the National Assembly. Over the years, it has continued to focus on its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), rooted in the ‘Vision 2025’ of the Government of Pakistan. Although the country ranks at 126 out of 156 countries on the SDSN’s SDG Index, it is determined to achieve sustainable future. Therefore, it was crucial to have a SDSN node in the country to steer and synergize the efforts.
Our network will strive to contextualize, localize, and implement SDGs as articulated in the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement.
- Convene multi-stakeholder dialogue in Pakistan – by calling key discussions involving academia, government, business, and civil society and inviting the exchange of issues, experience and ideas that can inform solutions and galvanize action. The SDSN Pakistan will convene a selection of these stakeholders annually to assess progress on the SDGs in Pakistan, beginning with the development of a scorecard on the health and health-related SDGs.
- Establish thematic networks to foster and scale-up solutions – through interdisciplinary research and collaboration that leverage diverse perspectives, create avenues for catalytic advancements, and build shared commitment to results.
- Advise leaders and decisionmakers – by developing policy briefs based on sound rationales for action, analysis of options and trade-offs, and evidence-based recommendations that optimize available resources, meet expectations for financial and environmental sustainability, and leverage social and political will for lasting change.
- Build capacity – through education and training programs, joint learning collaborations, strategic talent identification, development and deployment, and leadership development that promotes equity and advancement across society. Capacity building activities will initially be focused within SDSN partners and members.