Call for multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve SDGs

PESHAWAR: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets in Pakistan can only be achieved through strong multi-stakeholder partnerships with a clear vision, common agenda and strong commitments.

It is essential to build institutional capacity, share responsibilities, manage resources in an integrated manner and develop effective strategies to integrate environment into development initiatives.

According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, this was stated by speakers during a workshop titled ‘Synergizing Partnerships for Environmental Sustainability’ organized under WWF-Pakistan’s International Labour and Environmental Standards (ILES) Application in Pakistan’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) project.

They suggested that partnerships were the key to achieving sustainability as efforts in silos could not accrue long term benefits for sustainable development.

The speakers also said that these partnerships would help bring together diverse resources on a common platform maximizing impacts and ensuring greater sustainability in the long run.

Speaking on the occasion, Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan said that it was high time to explore linkages and develop and maintain social partnerships. He shared that with the onset of COVID-19, our broken relationship with nature had been exposed.

This has not only impacted the health of people but also severely affected the social structure and the economy of the country as well. – APP