ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, January 10, 2022 / APO Group / –
Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, reported today to the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Islamabad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the “Declaration on the Establishment of a Platform Global Knowledge on Social Protection ”. The Declaration is being led by Pakistan in New York, in collaboration with a “Group of Friends on Social Protection” that includes Costa Rica, Nigeria and Turkey, with the support of the World Bank.
Dr. Sania Nishtar introduced the Declaration and briefed participants on its conceptualization, as well as on the operationalization of the Global Knowledge Platform on Social Protection. Dr. Nishtar underscored that the importance of social protection had been vividly pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that countries with strong social protection systems, including Pakistan, were able to contain the consequences of the pandemic better than other nations. To benefit from the experiences of others and share best practices, it was necessary to fill the knowledge gap in the global landscape of social protection.
Earlier, in his introductory remarks, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood outlined the objectives of the briefing, noting that today there is a heightened awareness of the need to increase investments in social protection systems to protect women. people against the shock waves of the pandemic and future crises. He called on the Heads of Mission to inform their respective governments to support this global knowledge sharing initiative.
Participants were also informed that Ehsaas, Pakistan’s social protection program, has organized a one-day event at the Dubai Expo Pakistan Pavilion on January 16, 2022 to promote the Declaration.
The Global Knowledge Platform on Social Protection is expected to provide a unique opportunity for learning and government-to-government collaboration that will contribute to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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