ISLAMABAD: The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has announced its 20th Sustainable Development Conference (SDC 2017). This conference under the theme ‘Seventy Years of Development: The Way Forward’, will run from 5-7 December 2017 here in Hotel Marriott Islamabad and participation of a large number of experts in different sectors both from Pakistan and abroad in expected.
Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director SDPI, while briefing the media on salient features of the SDC 2017, said that the three days proceedings of the conference would focus upon on learning from experts from Pakistan and abroad on what worked, what did not work and what may work to attain Sustainable Development Goals in future for South Asia and beyond.
He informed the media representatives that during the conference, Improving Connectivity and Regional Integration in Central and South Asia, Envisioning Reforms to accelerate and Sustain Inclusive Growth, Women’s Access to Justice: Ending Violence against Women (VAW), Challenges of moving from Diversity to Pluralism, Challenges and Potential of SME Sector Financing in Pakistan and a Way Forward through CPEC, Structural Inequalities in South Asia: Issues, Challenges and Policy Solutions, Political Economy of South Asia: Stories from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, Sustainable Development Goals: Keeping the Promise Alive, Harnessing Private Sector Role for Sustainable Development, Designing Better Federal and Provincial Tax Reforms, REDD+ for Sustainable Management of Forests and Societies, Charter of Economy: Moving towards a Consensus on Socio-Economic Agenda and several other key issues around sustainable development will came under detailed discussion with the participation of experts from diverse backgrounds.
The session as ‘Charter of Economy;, he said, has a critical importance keeping in view the challenges related to public sector debts, enhancing tax net and responding challenges like privatization and growing trade deficits and hence to formulize a national strategy to respond these issues. Therefore, we would expect from our political leadership to deliberate and suggest way forward to resolve issues being faced at national and international level.
Dr. Suleri added further that the researchers, academicians, scientists, policy makers, legislators, and experts from different fields will come up with evidence based policy interventions during this mega conference. Besides, they will share best practices and present workable solutions to the emerging challenges related to sustainable development in the region, he concluded. PR