Diplomats briefed on the Social Protection Declaration

ISLAMABAD:

The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare, Dr. Sania Nishtar, on Monday briefed the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Islamabad at the Foreign Ministry on the “Declaration on Establishing a Platform global form of knowledge on social protection”.

The declaration is being spearheaded by Pakistan in New York, in collaboration with a “Group of Friends on Social Protection” comprising Costa Rica, Nigeria and Turkey, supported by the World Bank, the foreign ministry said in a statement. a statement.

Dr. Nishtar presented the declaration and briefed the participants on its conceptualization as well as the operationalization of the global social protection knowledge platform. She stressed that the importance of social protection had been made clear during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Countries with strong social protection systems, including Pakistan, are able to contain the fallout from the pandemic better than other nations. In order to benefit from each other’s experiences and share best practices, there is a need to bridge the knowledge gap in the global social protection landscape,” she said.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Foreign Minister Sohail Mahmood highlighted the objectives of the briefing, noting that there was greater awareness today of the need to increase investment in protection systems. to protect people from the shock waves of the pandemic and future crises.

He called on Heads of Mission to ask their respective governments to support this global knowledge-sharing initiative. The meeting was informed that the Ehsaas program would organize a one-day event at Expo Dubai on January 16 to promote the declaration.

“It is expected that the Global Social Protection Knowledge Platform will provide a unique opportunity for government-to-government learning and collaboration that will contribute to progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the statement concludes.

Joel C. Hicks