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Asian states vow to coordinate efforts for social development

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 28 May, ( The South Asian countries have agreed to create an Asian Network of the Sub Regional Networks of Social Development Ministers with an objective to coordinate efforts for social development and speed up development activities.

It was announced at the end of two-day Forum of Ministers of Social Development from Asia on Saturday held at the Pakistani resort of Bhurban under the auspices of UNESCO.

The ministers also agreed to strengthen cooperation among the participant countries in the field of social development and to institutionalize the forum of the minister in order to enhance cooperation for accelerated social development.

The development ministers from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Mongolia who attended the two day event also agreed on a strategy to identify actions for addressing the issues and remove constraints on the development process in the region.

The minister discussed challenges affecting social development and ways and means for adopting joint strategy to speed up development process and reduce poverty.

The participants in their presentations highlighted performance of various public devilment institutions in their respective countries engaged in development and public empowerment at grass root level. The Forum also reviewed the state of Public Accountability in Pakistan.

Chairman National Reconstruction Bureau of Pakistan Danial Aziz has been elected the first Chairperson of the Forum for a period of one year. The Chairpersonship of the Forum will go to host country every year.

The UNESCO is organizing regional networks of ministers of social development with an objective to speed up and coordinate efforts to address the issues of social justice, urbanization, Poverty, pandemics, environmental degradation and assistance to the poor marginalized groups.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has already succeeded in forming regional networks of social development ministers in Latin America and Africa which have proved to be successful.

- Asian Tribune -

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