By Nkanyiso Ncube
UNITED Nations (UN) says it is committed to help Parliament of Zimbabwe achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by engaging legislators on various initiatives.
The SDGs, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities.
With this in mind, the UN and Parliament of Zimbabwe are collaborating in the capacity building of legislators on the SDGs.
Speaking at the capacity building workshop for Parliamentarians on SDGs in Harare, Senate President Ednah Madzongwe said the workshop was meant to familiarise Members of Parliament (MPs) with the intricacies of the UN systems in general and SDGs in relation to constituency work.
The UN’s Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe Bishow Palajuli reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to help Zimbabwe achieve SDGs within the stipulated time.
“We are committed and we commit to work to achieve SDGs, and you can count on our commitment. As UN we are working with all agencies to achieve the goals together, and we want to eliminate hunger and ensure every child and mother gets support.”
He said the UN was working on program proposals to ensure Zimbabwe benefit from environmental adaptation funds.
Currently, the UN has 14 agencies resident in Zimbabwe working in different areas and also there are other UN agencies that come to work but are not resident in Zimbabwe, to take the total number of agencies 25, and they spend about $400 million per year on programs in Zimbabwe.
The workshop was meant to provide basic knowledge on the SDGs as espoused in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
The 2030 agenda came into force on the 1st of January 2016 and entails 17 SDGs and 169 targets which are to be achieved by 2030.