This event aimed at fostering dialogue and engagement surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was also attended by reps of Ujala Network, Child Rights Movement (CRM), and many more, including a diverse range of stakeholders. These include civil society organizations (CSOs), NGOs, CBOs, political party representatives, media, academia, students, and advocates for marginalized groups, including women’s rights, sexual minorities, and human rights defenders.
“In the assembly, civil society will unite from every corner of the world to address the pressing needs of SDGs. SDGs 16+ are all interconnected goals, from poverty alleviation to education, underscore the importance of inclusivity.” says Mohammad Ziaur Rehman, CEO, Awaz Foundation.
Representatives of PWDs, women, TGs, children, and young people expressed that “our diversity is our strength, and our unity is our progress. We advocate for a world where every voice matters, regardless of age, gender, or ability.”
The assembly not only emphasizes the importance of meaningful civil society engagement but also underscores the indispensable role of these organizations as defenders and promoters of human rights across Pakistan.
However, amidst these acknowledgments lies a sense of concern about the challenges, data gaps, and the pressing need for localization of SDGs, given the absence of functional local government bodies.