NEW YORK, Thursday, 18th July 2019 – Zambia has informed UN Member States that it is doubling efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Addressing the Ministerial Segment of the High Level Political Forum convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, Minister of National Development Planning Honourable Alexander Chiteme said Zambia remains committed to attain SDGs as can be seen from the country’s mainstreaming of about 86 percent of the goals’ targets into the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).
“The Government will soon be publishing the National SDGs Baseline Report which presents a comprehensive assessment of indicators that Zambia is able to report on with the available data from local and international data sources,” said Mr. Chiteme at the annual meeting that has attracted ministers of development, finance and foreign affairs as well as other dignitaries from across the globe.
“The Government of Zambia conducted an analysis of indicators at sub national levels, in order to highlight the situation at the lowest level of Administration, so as to identify hotspots and be able to provide targeted interventions to enhance inclusiveness,” Mr. Chiteme said.
The head of the Zambian delegation informed the Member States and other stakeholders that Zambia’s Seventh National Development Plan, through which the SDGs are being implemented, has prioritised five key Strategic Development Areas.
“The first area provides for the diversification of the economy as well as job creation aimed at offering decent employment opportunities for all Zambians. This aspiration also addresses various SDGs including Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth. Reducing poverty and vulnerability, is the second Pillar of the Development Plan and outlines the country’s intentions for tackling high levels of poverty and vulnerabilities, especially those induced by climate change,” the Minister said. “The country has been implementing interventions to reduce vulnerability through Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation programmes.”
He said the Government was providing interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in three keys areas, namely – income, spatial and gender inequalities. He informed the gathering that the Zambian Government was putting in place the Integrated Rural Development Strategy, which is focused on reducing developmental inequalities through interventions aimed at promoting rural development, to increase access to electricity, market linkages, health, water and sanitation and education.
“Government is enhancing human development through strengthened access to education, health and water supply and sanitation, thereby addressing SDGs 3, 4 and 8. In the area of education for instance, we have an ambitious infrastructure programme of delivering new education facilities at all levels of education,” said Mr. Chiteme. “The Creation of a Conducive Governance Environment for a Diversified and Inclusive Economy is another strategic development area the government has been focusing on. Zambia has continued to promote principles of good governance by putting in place accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
At continental level, Mr. Chiteme said the SDG three-year Report for Africa showed that the region had not moved at a desired pace towards achieving the SDG targets by 2030.
“There need to double our efforts and ensure that we are on track,” said Mr. Chiteme. “The report highlights that collectively and as individual member states in Africa, we have embraced the spirit of the 2030 Agenda and are making efforts to implement interventions towards the attainment of the SDGs.”
Mr. Chiteme and Muchinga Province Minister Honourable Malozo Sichone are participating in the Ministerial meetings being held under the theme: “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
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