Sustainable Development Goals Booklet Launched
UNDP Namibia partnered with Namibia Media Holdings Group of Companies (NMH), the Hans Seidel Foundation (HSF), the Economic Association of Namibia (EAN); and other sponsors to produce a 32 page booklet about The SDGs under the theme: “ENSURING SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FOR NAMIBIA“
The publication aims to inform the reader on the issues that will be faced by Namibia in achieving the SDGs, while offering constructive suggestions on how these issues could be addressed. Articles propose novel policy alternatives, and highlight issues or trends in relevant sectors that have not received much attention. The economic perspectives offered in the publication have been brought together under the theme of the SDGs, but may also be related back to national economic plans, in particular the recently released Harambee Prosperity Plan and the forthcoming NDP5.
The SDGs give us a sense of direction and allow us to measure progress made. However, the country is still facing challenges both in terms of prioritisation of key projects and implementation of plans. It will highlight key initiatives that are necessary both for the realisation of the SDGs and for the broader sustainable economic development of Namibia.
In September 2015, Namibia joined more than 150 countries in adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set the agenda for global development until 2030, having superseded the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the previous fifteen years. The 17 SDGs cover a variety of areas, including poverty reduction, nutrition, sanitation, education, health, infrastructure, gender equality and environmental issues.
The relatively stable economic growth experienced over the past 20 years has hidden a decidedly mixed performance on more substantive development areas. While good progress was made in the 2000-2015 period on poverty reduction and the treatment of tuberculosis and malaria, MDG targets were missed in key areas such as child mortality, nutrition and sanitation.
This year has also seen the active distribution and discussion of several important economic policies at the national level, some are in draft form and still being discussed while others are already being implemented. These include energy policies, NEEEF, NDP5 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan, all of which are ‘trending’ in the public discourse. This publication can place these plans in a long-term context, analysing their sustainability and whether they can put Namibia on the path to achieving not only the SDGs, but Namibia’s own Vision 2030, and at the same time the continent-wide Agenda 2063. UNDP Contributed with an article which highlighted the role of the SDGs in eradicating poverty in Namibia.
On 25th November 2016 53,000 copies were distributed in 3 local newspapers, to all 14 regions on Namibia.