24th Dec 2020: MilKar.com in collaboration with the UNDP arranged a webinar: Tapping Civil Society’s Role on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Awareness and Acceleration. The webinar aimed at creating awareness on the grassroot level about the SDGs and how the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) can collectively work to expedite the process of reaching SDGs in Pakistan.
The webinar consisted of a panel discussion with the representatives of some of the most prominent CSOs of the country. Ammara Durrani, Assistant Resident Representative - UNDP, Dr Umar Saif - Founder MilKar.com, Saba Faisal - National Director SOS Villages, Dr Amjad Saqib – Founder Akhuwat Foundation and Dr Mushtaq Mangat – Vice President Alkhidmat were among the esteemed panellists for the online event.
Panellists identified the lack of awareness about what the 17 SDGs are as a reason why it is challenging to work towards them on a large scale. UN representative, Ammara Durrani commented that the CSOs are the real ‘social innovators’ who come up with solutions to deal with constraints that keep larger organizations such as the government and the UNDP itself from being agile. Panellists unanimously agreed upon the need for a people-powered movement that could help speed up the process of fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals. Commenting on the dire need of a platform that connects CSOs with people who want to work for social causes, Dr Umar Saif said “A lot of people want to contribute their time (to volunteerism) but there was no easy way to do it.” MilKar.com aims to bridge this gap and by joining hands with the UNDP, MilKar believes that it can play a crucial part in accelerating the attainment of SDGs in Pakistan.
With this partnership, the UNDP Punjab Unit and MilKar is well on its way to map the SDGs and create as much awareness as possible on the grassroot level. “We will keep such webinars coming, especially during the Covid-19 situation to make sure that we propagate our message to Pakistan’s digital audience” says Shahama Sajid, the Marketing Head for MilKar.com.
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