Towards Localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Zimbabwe

Mutare, 28 August 2015 - Four weeks ahead of the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in New York, the Government and UN Development Programme (UNDP)  in Zimbabwe has taken the step towards prioritising and localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for implementation in the country.

An all-inclusive dialogue with all Provincial and District Administrator on localising the SDGs took place from 27-28 August, 2015 in Mutare. The dialogue brought together senior Government officials, top leadership of Local Authorities and all District Administrators. Head of UN Agencies including UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA and UNESCO were also present.

Noting the urgency to adopt a more action oriented approach to service delivery and serving the people, Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Hon. Savior Kasukuwere said, “I call upon all Provincial and District Administrators, as the foot soldiers of the Government, to take a leading role in the pursuit of the envisaged future as guided by the SDGs”.

Addressing participants at the dialogue session, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Bishow Parajuli said, “Given the emerging development landscape the delivery on SDGs rests on governments, private sector, local administration as well as development partners including the UN and donors”. “But the fundamental responsibility for this global partnership lies with Governments and their apparatus including local administrations.”

Supported by UNDP, the dialogue with the Provincial and District Administrators aims to empower the local Government in its role as a vehicle for the successful implementation of the global development targets articulated under the SDGs. The event will be followed by a series of advocacy initiatives that will target representatives of local authorities, traditional leaders and communities.

Overall, the SDGs are supported by the UN System represented in Zimbabwe.

“As the face of the national administration at sub-national level, you will serve as SDGs ambassadors and implement programmes at the local level to fulfil the development aspirations of your people”, stated the UN Resident Coordinator.  

The achievement of the SDGs depends on the positive performance of pro-poor economic policies, investments and also rapid improvements in the delivery of basic services. The United Nations in Zimbabwe is supporting national efforts to reach all Zimbabweans, especially the poor, with quality services that meet their needs, strengthen their resilience, and provide the basis on which to build a stronger and inclusive economy for all. Critical services include education, health, food and nutrition, addressing high levels of poverty, fighting HIV, women’s empowerment, employment creation as well as social protection.

The SDGs were formulated through an unprecedented consultative process worldwide. They were endorsed by Member States on 02 August 2015 and will be officially adopted by Heads of States and Governments at the Sustainable Summit in September in New York.