Two-day ‘Human Development Forum’ to be held from Feb 13


LAHORE: The Punjab planning and development (P&D) department in collaboration with the Urban Unit is organising a two-day international level stakeholders’ event titled ‘Human Development Forum’ from February 13.

Ministers, government officials, national and international technical experts, development partners, academia and representatives of the private sector will participate in the event, a P&D spokesperson said on Saturday.

The inaugural session is expected to be chaired by the Punjab chief minister and there would also be a launching session of several important initiatives and reports at the event. High profile speakers including Jamie Saavedra, ex-education minister of Peru, Dr Sania Nishtar, WHO Global Commission on NCDs and UN Resident Coordinator Pakistan Neil Buhne will deliver their keynote addresses, he added.

The forum, he said, would focus on specific themes of health, education, water sanitation and hygiene nutrition, and population planning. The two-day event will cover six technical sessions including ‘Inclusive & Sustainable Human Development’, ‘Better Healthcare, Better Development’, ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development’, ‘Education, Skills for a Sustainable Tomorrow’, ‘Integrating Development into Population Planning’ and ‘Making Nutrition a Priority’.

The discussions aim to discuss the initiatives of the government in areas of human development, to identify the best practices, and to establish cross-sectoral linkages for partnership and continued development.

The forum would be attended by 500 delegates and experts including experts from the government, academia and the private sector, he concluded.