The Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Agreement with United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in guidance of MNA Ms, Marriyum Aurangzeb, National Convener, Parliamentary Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Zafarullah Khan Executive Director, PIPS and Dr. Mamadou L. Sakho Country Director, UNAIDS Country Office for Pakistan and Afghanistan signed the MoU on the behalf of the two organizations.
The MoU cover the following areas of cooperation:-
Dr. Mamadou L. Sakho Country Director, UNAIDS, expressed his pleasure and satisfaction that both PIPS and UNAIDS team has worked hard to make the MoU a reality, Mr Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, PIPS Director Research and Ms Fehmida Khan, Advisor Monitoring UNAIDS have been nominated as focal person to implement the MoU between Parliament’s SDGs Taskforce, PIPS and the UNAIDS, Pakistan aimed at prevention against aids in the country. While speaking on the occasion MNA Ms, Marriyum Aurangzeb, National Convener, Parliamentary Sustainable Development Goals highlighted the importance of parliamentary oversight as key to advocacy of public’s basic health and education rights. She reiterated the strong and unflinching resolve that National Parliament will leave no stone unturned to take up the issues of people-centric development agenda at improving the service delivery of government through parliamentary tools of committee system, calling attention notices as well as undertaking fresh legislations. She also informed that PIPS has set up its provincial assembly resource centres that provide secretariats to SDGs provincial Parliamentary taskforces, which will prove as catalyst to enhance the oversight of Executive on delivery of each aspect of human development such as universal immunization, clean drinking water and sanitation, prevention from epidemics and HIV Aids and other deadly diseases such as thalassemia. She expressed the hope that through the functions of representation, law making, oversight and budget review, Members of Parliament can play a decisive role in achieving human development targets for Pakistan.