National Consultation on 8 February 2013, Thursday in Karachi: Proposing National Plan of Action on ICESCR to Government
Date:8 February 2013, Thursday
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
1.Sharing of draft NPA on ICESCR to be proposed to government
2.Seek inputs and recommendations from the participants on draft NPA
3.Discuss potential and scope for lobby and campaigning for the proposed / finalized NPA
4.Identify the areas for national and international linkages for implementation of international obligatory documents particularly ICESCR
Finalization of National Plan of Action (NPA) regarding ICESCR to be proposed to government
Support to CSO campaign with a draft document on ICESCR
CSO activists, academia, professionals, media persons, parliamentarians and concerned individuals
Pakistan has ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) on April 17, 2008 and become state party to fulfill the obligations to its citizens. After ratification it is more important for all stakeholders to engage in a consultative process for clarities not only the ratified instruments of rights i.e ICESCR but also on possible measures and steps in response to the obligations. Pakistan as state party requires developing a National Plan of Action (NPA) for implementation of ICESCR in the country. However Pakistan has not initiated the process so far that’s why BSWA has mobilized the Civil Society for development of collective position on ICESCR resulting to a Civil Society Position Paper (CSPP) on ICESCR.
Following the Civil Society Position Paper on ICESCR, BSWA has developed a draft National Plan of Action (NPA) in the light of Civil Society position on ICESCR as well as the reporting mechanism for international obligations, Pakistan context. We are of the view that after ratification it is more important for all stakeholders to engage in a consultative process for clarities not only the ratified instrument of rights i.e ICESCR but also on possible measures and steps in response to the obligations.
BSWA has a plan to organize National Consultation to finalize the proposed National Plan of Action on ICESCR for government. National Consultation is proposed in Karachi however date and venue is negotiable depending on availability of concerned invitees and relevant professionals.
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