ISLAMABAD: Federal Secretary for Environment Mr. Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi said on Monday that Ministry was making all out efforts to develop policies, plans and Programmes. Addressing a Consultative Workshop on One UN System in Pakistan, the Secretary said that commitment of the government towards environment is evident from substantial increase in the financial resources allocation and priority attached to the environment in Mid Term Development Framework (MTDF) 2005-2010, Vision 2030 and other national development initiatives. He said that the ministry efforts to develop about the National Environment Policy, National Sanitation Policy, National Energy Conservation Policy and draft National Forestry Policy for addressing the environmental issues and action is underway for their implementation.
He said that Ministry of Environment considers that the One UN Country Programme on Environment could serve as an important mechanism for implementing the National Environment Polices on the ground and effectively address the secotoral and cross sectoral issues with the line Ministries and organizations so that the sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved in Pakistan.
He said that Ministry of Environment considers it vital that the results, impacts and short comings of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) implemented during 2004-2008 may be of great help in providing necessary feedback in developing the Joint Country Programme on environment under One UN Reform. The Secretary informed that Situational Analysis Report of the environment sector in Pakistan prepare under One UN Reform has been reviewed by the Ministry of Environment and it was felt to widen the scope of consultation with all line agencies and today’s workshop marks commencement of this process.
He appreciated the support and cooperation extended by UNDP and UNICEF and other UN agencies extended to the Ministry of Environment which has greatly help this Ministry to develop the above policies and initiate follow up programmes for their implementation. The Secretary hoped that Pakistan being one of the pilot country the recommendations of this workshop will provide a solid basis to reform UN System in accordance with specific needs and facilitate implementation of national environment policy with the target to offset the cost of environmental degradation estimated to be around one billion a day.
Speaking on the occasion Director General, Ministry of Environment Mr. Jawed Ali Khan informed that the country program is being piloted in eight countries of the World and two in Asia including Pakistan and Vietnam. He said that the Pakistan country program includes five core areas, environment; agriculture, rural development and poverty reduction; education; health and population; and disaster management. He said that a Thematic Working Group on each of the themes has been constituted and situational analysis has been carried out for each of the thematic areas.
UN Resident Coordinator Mr Fikret Ackura said that the issues of Enabling Environment for Improved Environmental Management and Development, Integrated Programme on Access to Safe water and Improved Sanitation, Integrated Natural Resources Management, Sustainable Urban Development and Green Industries, Energy and Jobs would be addressed under One UN System reforms programme.-SANA