Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar has expressed Pakistan's support for the Global Development Initiative.
Addressing a High Level Meeting on Global Development Initiative Cooperation Outcomes on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, he commended the milestones achieved in GDI implementation, the most recent being the successful launch of the Inter-Agency Task Force on GDI.
The Prime Minister highlighted that progress towards achieving the SDGs has suffered a serious setback due to the poly crises of Covid, conflict and climate change.
The Prime Minister stressed that China's Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor are vital vehicles for achieving the SDGs.
He highlighted the need for action in five key areas including food production, infrastructure investment, industrialization, resilient healthcare systems and the bridging the digital divide.
The Prime Minister further highlighted the necessity of adequate and appropriate finance at all levels of the development process and welcomed President Xi's announcement of the setting up another fund of 10 billion dollars dedicated to the implementation of the GDI.
In conclusion, the Prime Minister said Pakistan looks forward to enhancing its cooperation with China and other members of the Group of Friends of GDI to realize their collective aspiration for implementation of the SDGs.
The event also heard opening remarks by Vice President of China Han Zheng, President of the General Assembly Dennis Francis, and other high-level dignitaries, as well as a video briefing and presentation on GDI cooperation.