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Progress in Punjab

The project is tasked with achieving progress on four interlinked outputs: 1) Plans, policies and investments are aligned with SDGs, b) Strengthening provincial monitoring and reporting capacities on SDGs, 3) Financing for SDGs and 4) Innovative solutions/approaches to accelerate progress on prioritized SDGs. A brief account of progress made so far is as follows.

Output 1: Plans, Policies and Resource Allocation Aligned to 2030 Agenda

a) Mainstreaming SDGs

• Localization of SDGs to the local context is one of the priority areas of the post-2015 discussions. In order to mainstream SDGs in the planning processes, Punjab SDGs Unit, P&D Deptt. has undertaken stock of provincial development investments to assess if the existing and previous ADPs were aligned with 2030 Agenda, what are the gaps and what areas should the Provincial Government focus on in future to make sure that development investments are more SDGs responsive and inclusive.
• Punjab SDGs Unit in collaboration with UNDP and think-tanks is also working on finalizing the process and modalities for alignment of public sector investments with SDGs. The process will help the provincial government in determining and making SDGs related investments and expenditures.
• Punjab SDGs Unit is also working on the development of an online dashboard for tracking SDGs related investments and expenditures.

b) Provincial Institutional Structure for effective Planning and Coordination for SDGs in Punjab

Experience from MDGs witnessed lack of institutional arrangements for implementation of MDGs in Pakistan. For effective policy coherence and coordination on SDGs, the following institutional arrangements have been put in place.

SDGs Advisory Council: Punjab Govt. has set up Advisory Council on SDGs comprising senior officials from Punjab government, academia, UN agencies, the private sector and think-tanks to provide strategic oversight and guidance for the formulation of Punjab SDGs framework. The Council is supported by four (04) Clusters i.e. social, economic, environment and governance.
SDGs Cluster Groups: Four thematic Clusters: a) social, b) economic, c) environment and d) governance have been constituted mainly to support the Punjab Govt. on SDGs related data gaps analysis, prioritization/sequencing of SDGs, and setting baselines & targets for each SDGs indicator. The Clusters are technically supported by four ‘Think Tanks’.
Think Tanks: Technical partners: PILDAT, LEADS, SDPI and SPDC have been engaged and assigned to Governance, Environment, Economic and Social Clusters respectively to provide technical support to undertake their mandate. Think-tanks have been mobilized to develop roadmaps to support their respective Clusters.

c) SDGs Prioritization in Punjab

• Punjab SDGs Unit has started consultations with parliamentarians, public sector officials, UN agencies, academia and Think Tanks to initiate the process of SDGs prioritization in Punjab. SDGs prioritization ranking survey was launched in six (06) districts of Punjab to seek inputs from citizens, youth and vulnerable groups, religious leaders, entrepreneurs, and district authorities.
• Private Sector Partnership and Engagement has also been developed to engage private sector in SDGs implementation.

d) Advocacy and Awareness in Punjab

• Successful localization of the sustainable development goals needs understanding and ownership of SDGs at all levels. With this approach in mind, the Punjab SDGs Unit conducted a series of nine (09) consultative workshops to raise awareness both at the provincial and district levels. It was for the first time ever that district-level government officials were also engaged in the process.
• Similarly, several other advocacy and communication tools such as calendars, posters, pamphlets, smart movies, documentary and newsletter are being developed.
• Punjab SDGs Unit is also working on developing its official website, where information regarding SDGs implementation in Punjab and updates will be made available.

Output 2: Coordination, reporting and monitoring mechanisms for SDGs strengthened

• Punjab SDGs Unit in collaboration with Federal SDGs Unit, Punjab Bureau of Statistics, line departments and UN agencies has started a consultation process on identifying data gaps in Punjab. The process will guide provincial government on how to fill in the data gaps for ensuring effective monitoring and reporting on SDGs in Punjab. The exercise is also key to setting baselines and targets for each SDGs indicator and also finding and addressing the gaps in institutional capacity.
• Punjab SDGs Unit has also developed the disaggregated list of SDGs target, and indicators relevant to each department to make sure that the development planning for next financial year is aligned with SDGs agenda at the departmental level.

Output 3: Financing for SDGs

• Financing for SDGs is also critical for effective implementation of SDGs framework and to accelerate progress on SDGs and their related targets. Punjab SDGs Unit is currently providing support to Finance Department to review the functions of LGF Wing: its organizational structure, mechanisms of fiscal transfers to the Local Governments and assessing linkages of existing PFC with SDGs to make PFC more responsive to SDGs.
• SDGs Unit would also support Finance Department in undertaking a review of budgeting framework to make it responsive to SDGs.

Output 4: Innovative approaches applied to accelerate progress on priority SDGs

• Localization Plans: As a part of localization efforts, UNDP Pakistan is also supporting the Government of Punjab in the formulation of district localization plans for poorest districts of Punjab by adopting a bottom-up approach for identification of SDGs related priorities. As a pilot initiative, two (02) districts - Bhakkar and Rajanpur - were selected for their performance on Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for developing SDGs localization plan including assessments of planning and budgeting processes and identification of priorities with respect to SDGs.
Nomination of District SDGs Focal Person: To lead and ensure effective awareness and localization of SDGs agenda at the district level, P&D Department has nominated Deputy Director Development of each district as District SDGs Focal Person. The Focal Persons have been provided initial orientation on SDGs.
Establishment of District SDGs Committee: P&D Department is also constituting District SDGs Committees to steer the process of localization of SDGs at districts: mainly for enhancing awareness, prioritization of SDGs, setting baselines and targets for each indicator, and developing district localization plans. Respective Deputy Commissioners will head the Committee.
Regional Plans: SDGs Unit with the support of UNDP has also developed Regional Development Plan for 10 bottom districts with a specific focus on economic uplifting of the marginalized community in South Punjab.