Dar  summit  calls for collective  action on  SDGs 

21Mar 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Dar  summit  calls for collective  action on  SDGs 

THE Tanzania Sustainability Summit 2019 held in Dar es Salaam yesterday called for collective action on sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to avoid a legacy of inequality and environmental degradation for Tanzania’s next generation.

The summit was jointly organized by UN Global Compact Network Tanzania and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).It brought together more than 200 of Tanzania’s leading advocates for sustainable development from private sector, government academia and civil society to examine Tanzania’s performance on the SDGs and look at how their implementation can be improved.

“Sustainable development does not just happen or is the responsibility of someone else, somewhere else. It requires everyone to make a global effort and Tanzania needs to play its part. We will be leaving the next generation with problems unless we address   the SDGs-uncertain jobs, unaffordable housing and a degraded environment,” said Emanuel Nnko the coordinator for UN Global Compact Network Tanzania.

The first national summit is being held to pivotal time ahead of Tanzania’s first voluntary National Review on the SDGs which will be delivered to the UN in July 2019 at the high level political forum in New York.

It is expected that the summit will lift the level of debate on Tanzania’s SDG performance and identify collective priorities going beyond business as usual.

Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) Executive Director Godfrey Simbeye said there is need to carry out roads shows on what the SDGs is all about  because most of the people in rural areas do not know about it.

“For example we have no data on the contribution of the private sector to the economy saying even the government must ensure that everyone plays his or her role,” he said.

He said that TPSF expects to involve the World Bank and the International Trade Centre (ITC) on compiling data on the contribution of the private sector to the economy.

SDGs 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.