Tanzania still on track with SDGs implementation - UN

14Mar 2018
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
Tanzania still on track with SDGs implementation - UN

THE United Nations has asserted that Tanzania is on the right course towards realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking here yesterday, the UN Systems resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative to Tanzania, Alvaro Rodrigues, said this is thanks to laid-out policies.

“Tanzania has made a tremendous start in implementing the goals and has been a key actor in implementing them…the country is still on the right track,” said Rodrigues on the sidelines of an ongoing conference for government communication officers.

The envoy emphasised the need to implement the SDGs through existing polices.

He also highlighted the importance of democracy, quality health and education – along with a conducive environment for investment - as among prerequisites for attaining the goals.

“There’s quite a journey left for the country,” Rodrigues added.

Set by the UN, the SDGs are a collection of 17 global interrelated goals with each having its own targets to achieve.

The total number of targets is 169 covering a broad range of social and economic development issues. These include poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

The SDGs were developed to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ended in 2015.

Unlike the MDGs, the SDG framework does not distinguish between developed and developing nations. Rather, its goals apply to all countries.

Tanzania Information Services (MAELEZO) director Dr Hassan Abbasi called on government communication officers to play an active role in disseminating the SDGs.