The Sustainable Development Goals represent the greatest international agreement on sustainability of all time. They are made of 17 ambitious goals related to social development, climate issues and education, which will eventually encourage human development and maintain a livable environment for people all around the World.The SDGs are targeting the root causes of poverty, climate change, and education and food access disparities. Those SDGs must be achieved by 2030. Those often-called Global Goals were set in 2015 during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (Rio+20), in line with the ending of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were 8 goals that aimed at ending poverty in the World.The World is facing various issues, starting with the great threat of climate change, but also income disparities and numerous warfare. Those are the main reasons why a new set of goals needed to be laid down beyond 2015. In addition, the International Community has set a timeframe of 15 years to better the World, but to also learn from those previous goals, MDGs set in 2000. Indeed, even though enormous improvements have been made in reducing poverty and inequalities, poverty has not yet been eradicated completely. As they are the result of the UN Rio+20 Conference, it means that the SDGs were ratified by all the UN member states (193) and will thus influence their foreign and country policies regarding sustainable development regulations.The World is at a turning point as we are at the opening door of the 21st century. Each human being on earth should have the right, and opportunity, to enter school, have access to running water, food and hospitals, and live on a planet, with no climate hazards.
2015 UN-NAMIBIA SUPPORTED INTERVENTIONS
ON THE SDGs
21 September 2015
Live TV panel discussion by UN RC, hosted by Namibia Broadcasting CorporationThe NBC’s panel discussion programme Talk of the Nation focused on: “Sustainable Development Goals; transforming our world - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
25 September 2015
Live TV talk show by UNESCO Representative on behalf of the UN System, hosted by Namibia Broadcasting CorporationThe TV talk show on the Millennium Development goals and the Sustainable Development goals were discussed. The successes of the MDGs were highlighted with explanations of the 169 targets and the way forward in ensuring the 17 new goals will succeed.
1 October 2015
Breakfast with the Youth’ hosted by UNIC in collaboration with the UN RC’s OfficeThe event was a dialogue with the youth on the SDGs, to get their views of the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and on how to push the development agenda in Namibia.
12-16 October 2015
Community Radio Stations Training on SDGs
1-30 November 2015
Subsequent to training, roll-out of SDGs’ publicity through call-in sessions and or panel discussions, selecting 1-2 SDGs (per call-in session)
19th- 30th of October 2015 (Exact dates to be confirmed)
Academia/Civil Society Consultations on SDGs in Namibia: Analysis and Recommendations
1- 15th November, 2015. Exact date TBC (Excluding 20-23 October 2015)
UNAM/NAMGOF Trust Panel discussion on specific SDGs, including responding to audience queries.
15 November-9 December 2015,
Private sector (NEF/NCCI)Led discussions on SDG’sEnergy Sector on SDG 7 (Erongo Red, NAMPOWER, Renewable Energy Institute)Ocean Governance on SDG 14 (Fishing Companies, BCC)Water on SDG 6 (NAMWATER, Chamber of Mines, Farmers Associations)Health on SDG 3 (Namibia Medical Association)Industrialization on SDG 9 (Namibia Manufacturers Assn.)
25-26 November 2015
The UN agencies are to host national consultative workshop on SDGs. Chaired by Min. of Economic Planning/NPC and include all GRN line ministries. The aim is to correlate individual SDGs and specific Ministerial mandates, for national ownership.