Civic groups readying for SGDs consultations

20Mar 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Civic groups readying for SGDs consultations

THE ongoing review of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country will involve representatives of institutional groups in the society so as to capture a true reflection of the situation before the report is compiled for presentation to the United Nations General-

United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Tanzania Alvaro Rodriguez

 Assembly in July.

Tanzania volunteered to present the status and successes at the this year’s assembly with UN Resident Coordinator for Tanzania Alvaro Rodriguez saying there is some progress that has been made in implementing the global goals despite the challenges.

Speaking at the first consultative meeting with civil society organizations in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Rodriguez said the report will give a clear picture on what has been done so far as well give offer solutions to the challenges encountered.

“The change from Millennium Development Goals to (MDGs) to SDGs was drastic and two years down the line there are salient issues arising including funding and the fact that we were dealing with a few goals. Right now we are talking of 17 goals,” he said.

The next phase of such meetings will involve People with Disability (PwDs) groups and NGOs for what should be included in the report.

Other challenges derailing implementation of SDGs arise from the fact that Africa is a continent with diverse challenges with some being locked in conflicts and civil wars, he stated.

Servus Sagday, assistant director in the Department of Poverty Reduction at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, said in his remarks that this is an important stage in the process as it will undergo all government processes before coming up with the report.

The government’s decision to commit itself to present the report resulted from the fact that Tanzania was among countries in the region that did well in the implementation of the MDGs, he stated.

The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. The SDGs are part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly: "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In January this year, Forum CC in collaboration with the Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform launched the Civil Society Voluntary National Report (VNR), a consultation process that focuses on climate change and sustainable development goals.

The one year project is implemented in Arusha, Dodoma and Mbeya regions where the focus is on strengthening partnerships for effective implementation of Agenda 2030 in East Africa.

The project is also aimed at enhancing awareness upon a large number of stakeholders to catalyze action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This will support broader engagement in the Voluntary National Reporting Process and cross-sectoral coordination for accelerated implementation of SDGs in Tanzania, the ministerial director noted.




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