SDGs: Creating Global Harmony

Five years ago, on September 25, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted ‘Transforming our world: The 2030 agenda for sustainable development’ which is also universally recognized by the world as the New Agenda or the 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are basically ‘the plan of action for people, planet and prosperity’ for achieving global peace with the support of the global partnership. These are commonly known as Global Goals. These goals are the pledge of all the nations of the world so that No One is Left Behind on the way towards development & progress. It also reflects that no state can make development or even sustain it without the active & collective participation of all the nations of this planet which substantiate that we all are one.

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FATF and Intra-Institutional Dialogue

It has been supposedly identified by one out of nine FATF-Style Regional Bodies—FSRBs, Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) in its Mutual Evolution Report of Pakistan (MER-Oct-19) that there are 4 non-compliant (NC) areas, out of FATF’s 40 recommendations, over which Pakistan has to concentrate in the war against Money Laundering (ML) and Terrorism Financing (TF).

Out of these 4 critical fields, the parliament of Pakistan has successfully tackled one i.e. Mutual Legal Assistance: freezing and confiscation by unanimously approving the Mutual Legal Assistance (Criminal Matters) Act, 2020. Henceforth, by enacting this law, Pakistan has been able to regulate and solicit mutual legal assistance on criminal matters with any country of the world on the principle of reciprocity reduced in writing.

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