Since their launch in 2000, the MDGs have encouraged countries to work towards meeting the needs of the world’s poorest people by 2015. The discussion at SZABIST aimed to involve Pakistan’s young people in the international debate that is shaping the new, post-2015 development goals and to foster active engagement on the UK priority goals: economic growth, education and poverty eradication.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan Country Director Marc-Andre Franche was also present at the discussion where students came up with recommendations based on the Post 2015 scenario. These recommendations will form part of a report to be published in December.
The university discussions form part of a wider initiative which includes a competition called “Shape the Future”. This invites schoolchildren from across Pakistan to share their recommendations on the post-MDG goals – in the form of paintings and pieces of creative writing – on what they think would help improve people’s lives in Pakistan and put the country on the path to sustainable progress. Read more