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Shared Societies: Inclusive Development in Pakistan Shared Societies: Inclusive Development in Pakistan

Feb 222021

Shared Societies: Inclusive Development in Pakistan

Club de Madrid, in partnership with Aurat Foundation, is supporting an inclusive implementation of Agenda 2030 in Pakistan under Shared Societies Project. "From Global Agreement to National Implementation:  Supporting Inclusive Implementation of the Agenda 2030 in Pakistan" convened three live sessions demonstrating that social inclusion is key to the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and as an effective response to COVID-19 socioeconomic consequences in Pakistan

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Live Session 3 - Civil Society Perspectives on Inclusive Development Roadmap in Pakistan (4 March / 10:30CET - 14:30 Pakistan time)

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) play an important role in ensuring inclusiveness and reducing social inequalities. By means of advocacy, public-private partnerships, localisation of SDGs, promotion of citizen-centric inclusive governance and empowering vulnerable communities; the importance of civil socity in achiving Agenda 2030 must be underscored.

In partnership with Aurat Foundation, Club de Madrid supports an inclusive implementation of Agenda 2030 in Pakistan under the Shared Societies Project and it is under this umbrella that both organisations are organising this 3rd Live Session "Civil Society Perspectives on Inclusive Development in Pakistan". The session brings together Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada and Member of Club de Madrid, with representatives of Pakistan Civil Society to strengthen strategies and foster consensus between state and CSOs around the need to implement the Sustainable Development Goals in an inclusive and participatory manner.  

Find below a list of speakers for this 3rd Session:

  • -Ms. Kim Campbell, Prime Minister of Canada (1993); Member Club de Madrid.
  • -Ms. Mumtaz Mughal, Director of Programmes Aurat Foundation, Pakistan
  • -Dr. Aliya Hashmi Khan, Labour Economist, Aurat Foundation Board Member, Prime Minister Economic Advisory Council
  • -Ms. Urooj Raza Sayyami, Journalist/Anchorperson
  • -Jannat Ali, Transgender Activist & Artist, Executive Director of Track-T
  • -Ms. Abia Akram, Chief Executive Officer, National Forum of Women with Disabilities
  • -Ms. Aima Mehmood, General Secretary, All Pakistan Trade Union Federation
  • -Moderator: Ali Imran, Club de Madrid Senior Expert in Pakistan

Live Session 2 - Integrating Vulnerable Communities (25 February / 10:30CET 14:30 Paksitan time)

Pakistan's provinces are developing plans to protect the rights of minorities and vulnerable communities.

Held under the title, "Integrating Vulnerable Communities Inputs to Inclusive Development Roadmap in Pakistan", this online Live Session will gather our Member and former Prime Minister of Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik, and the leading religious and ethnic minority leaders from across Pakistan to strengthen strategies and agreements between state and vulnerable communities to implement the SDGs in an inclusive and participatory manner. This event will be live-streamed on this website.

The objectives of this session are as follows:

  • -To learn from the best international and Pakistani practices on engagement between state and religious and ethnic minorities for inclusive and participatory development.
  • -To develop a common roadmap including needs and approaches for inclusiveness of religious and ethnic minorities in planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting of agenda 2030 in Pakistan.
  • -To collate religious and ethnic minorities’ inputs and contributions to the VNR 2021.

Speakers of the session include:

  • -Ms Mumtaz Mughal, Director of Programmes Aurat Foundation, Pakistan.
  • -Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prime Minister of Norway (1997-2000, 2001-05) and Club de Madrid Member.
  • -Ms Mary James Gill, Member Provincial Assembly (2013-2018), Advocate High Court.
  • -Mr. Abdul Khaliq Hazara Adviser to Chief Minister Balochistan for Culture, Tourism, Archives, Sports and Youth Affairs & Chairman Hazara Democratic Party.
  • -Mr. Veerji Kohli Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh on Human Rights.
  • -Mr. Ramesh Singh Arora, Member Provincial Assembly of Punjab.
  • -Ms. Tanzila Umi Habiba, Member Provincial Assembly Sindh.
  • -Moderator: Ali Imran, Club de Madrid Senior Expert in Pakistan.

Overall, Club de Madrid will convene three sessions under the project "From Global Agreement to National Implementation: Supporting Inclusive Implementation of the Agenda 2030 in Pakistan". The first was held on 19 January. They are the following:

  • -Live Session 1, January 19th 2021: The role of parlamentarians
  • -Live Session2, February 25th 2021: Integrating vulnerable communities
  • -Live Session 3, March 4th 2021: Civil Society perspectives

Live Session 1 - The Role of Parliamentarians (19 January)

Social inclusion and leave no one behind, is a fundamental tenet of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — and it is the foundational aspiration of Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies Project. In an upcoming online session on 19 January 2021, Club de Madrid, in partnership with the Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs, Aurat Foundation and Parliamentary Commission for Human Rights, will convene an open discussion with the Members of the National Assembly of Pakistan to highlight the role parliamentarians can play, as elected officials representing the voice of the people, to make sure everyone is indeed included in the development of national plans and policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030.

Held under the title “The Role of Parliamentarians in Ensuring Inclusive and Participatory Development in Pakistan”, this online session will gather approximately 25-30 Members of the National and Provincial Assemblies’ Parliamentary Taskforces on SDGs, as well as other eminent representatives from the National Assembly of Pakistan, for an open exchange of ideas and good practices with Former Prime Minister of Belgium and Club de Madrid Member, Yves Leterme, and other international guests.

The session will shed light on the role parliamentarians can play to ensure inclusive and participatory development for everyone, everywhere. It will be an opportunity to share lessons and good practices for the inclusion of marginalized and socially excluded groups in the planning, development and monitoring of national development plans aligned with Agenda 2030 in Pakistan. It will also underscore the importance of strong partnerships between state institutions, including parliaments, and civil society organizations representing vulnerable groups to achieve the 2030 Agenda objective of leaving no one behind.

Confirmed speakers for the January 19 session include:

  • Mr. Naeem Ahmed Mirza, Executive Director Aurat Foundation
  • Mr. Yves Leterme, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Belgium (2008, 2009-11),
  • Mr. Riaz Khan Fatyana, Member National Assembly of Pakistan, Convener National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs
  • Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Member National Assembly of Pakistan, Chairperson Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Chairperson Sub-Group on SDG 5- Gender Equality
  • Mr. Ali Imran, Senior Expert Club de Madrid (Moderator)

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The Shared Societies Project and the Focus on Pakistan

Social inclusion is the foundation of Shared Societies – societies in which all individuals and identity groups have a common sense of belonging and responsibility, equal opportunities and a common bond to uphold the values of dignity and human rights. Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies Project seeks to help United Nations Member States advance towards Shared Societies by adopting a holistic approach to the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030 — particularly Goal 16 to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. For the past ten years, this Project has been successfully providing guidance and expertise on the integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, focusing on the premise that all aspects of development are interrelated and interdependent.

With a socially diverse and constitutionally complex population of more than 207 million people (2017 census), Pakistan often faces political, economic and security challenges and has limited public financial resources to achieve Agenda 2030. The country is in dire need of a conversation on inter-group tensions, gender equality, the Sustainable Development Goals and, more recently, the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19. Thus, Club de Madrid, in partnership with Aurat Foundation, is supporting inclusive implementation of Agenda 2030 in Pakistan under the Shared Societies Project. The project aims to promote an inclusive approach to planning, implementing, and monitoring Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan. The project's main objective is to demonstrate that inclusion and participation of diverse social groups is key to the effective implementation of the Agenda 2030/the Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan.

For more information on the Shared Societies Project, visit our official website:

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