UN@70: Zimbabwe mulls the implementation of the SDGs

Harare, 21 October 2015 - As part of ongoing events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the Government of Zimbabwe and the United Nations co-hosted a special media breakfast titled “From Millennium development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals”. 

The event, held at Meikles Hotel, provided the media with the opportunity to engage with Government and UN representatives on implementing the SDGs within the Zimbabwean context.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Parajuli stressed the importance of the event, which is part of an ongoing programme of UN-Media engagement and dialogue: “The United Nations attaches great value to the role of the media in development discourse. This media breakfast can and should be taken as one of our strong collaboration towards a better world and a better Zimbabwe.”

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr. M.J.M Sibana presided over the event to launch the Government’s final country position paper on the SDGs.  Dr. M.J.M Sibana expressed gratitude to all stakeholders who contributed towards the preparation of the document.

“This collaborative engagement enabled us [Zimbawe] to be part of the Global Process that came up with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that will guide the world’s development in the economic, social and environmental sectors in the quest to improve human development and dignity for the next 15 years” said Dr. M.J.M Sibana. 

The panel discussants representing key UN agencies each provided a brief presentation on the importance of particular SDGs for Zimbabwe.  Collectively, the presentations provided a united message on the importance of the SDGs for Zimbabwe and the people of the country.

The breakfast was well attended with over 130 guests that included media, donors, development partners, and various stakeholders.  The diversity of attendees exemplified the array of partners and stakeholders working together in the common goal to improve Zimbabwe through completing the unfished business of the MDGs and achieving the SDGs.