Prime Minister Imran Khan will virtually address a high-level panel of the United Nations on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity today.
The event is being convened to present the interim report of the panel, which identifies the major gaps in implementation and the systemic shortcomings of the existing international frameworks for tax co-operation, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.
It will provide a high-level forum for discussing the priority actions for addressing the identified challenges, particularly in light of the impact of the coronavirus crisis on progress toward the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In his capacity as president of the UN Economic and Social Council, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram is also set to speak in panel’s moderated session.
Prime Minister Khan will also address another high-level side event during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.
The event titled Poverty at Crossroad: Using Leadership and the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Build Back Better is being co-hosted by Pakistan and Chile.
Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar will also address this high-level event virtually.
On the sidelines of the UNGA session, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will speak through video link at South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) ministerial conference.
Today Prime Minister Khan will effectively raise Kashmir issue at the ongoing UNGA session like he did last year, drawing world attention to the alleged human rights violations in the Indian-administered Kashmir, Qureshi said in a statement.
“We demand that the restrictions imposed in (Indian-administered Kashmir) should be immediately lifted and the communication blackout should be ended,” he said.
Qureshi said that the amendments in the domicile laws by the Indian government to change the demography of Indian-administered Kashmir should immediately be reversed.
The minister thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for raising the voice for Kashmiris at the UNGA forum.
He said that the international community will have to take the Kashmir issue seriously because if tension increases between nuclear states Pakistan and India, peace and stability of the region will be under threat.
Prime Minister Khan also raised the issue of Indian-administered Kashmir at the UN General Assembly session last year.