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PESHAWAR: Speakers at a program on Friday called for a purposeful space and conducive environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) to strengthen their cooperation in pursuing a global development agenda.
He was speaking at the National Conference, organized by the civil society organization Blue Vans, which focused on the SDG-5, with a focus on an environment conducive to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s about gender equality.
The event was held under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) and government regulations, and was attended by CSO representatives, lawyers, the business community, the line department and human rights organizations.
Participants discussed the key findings and recommendations of the Special Representative’s report on the rights of freedom of the peaceful assembly and association and the importance of exercising this work.
Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Chairman, Islamic Ideological Council, said, “By adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Government of Pakistan has re-implemented a new call to transform the country with a changing vision for development.”
He added that in order to achieve the SDGs better, the government must provide support to civil society and enable them to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and association and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Qamar Naseem, Blue Venus Program Coordinator, highlighted how the challenges and restrictions imposed by COVID-19 have jeopardized CSO’s role in implementing the 2030 Agenda. He added, “There is a need to recognize the intrinsic value of civil society and to create purposeful and institutionalized spaces for the implementation of the agenda, where their diverse goals and pluralistic voices play a key role in achieving all goals.” Significance depends on the size of the reaction. ” .
Syed Raza Ali of the Peace and Justice Network said that “the government and the CSO should recognize the link between the use of the rights of the Peace Assembly and the freedom of association and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Conference participants agreed that the epidemic highlighted the work that remains to be done on the journey to gender equality. Solutions explored include enabling environments for NGOs and other civil society, including job security, digital transformation, women in peacekeeping roles, access to health services, and inter-level leadership. Are