Government has deliberated the Second Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the execution of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Zimbabwe.
The Second Voluntary National Review is a presentation of the progress that the country has made since the adoption of the SDGs.
It is highlighted that Voluntary National Reviews report on the status of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, is composed of the 17 SDGs and their 169 targets and 232 indicators underpinned by the core principles of leaving no-one behind.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa said the Zimbabwe 2021 Voluntary National Review is directed at providing an opportunity for Zimbabwe to showcase and share its progress and experiences in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 with other countries at global level against the backdrop of limited international support.
“SDGs under review for 2021 are goals 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships.
“The public is advised that improved agricultural production and productivity is addressing Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 5 and 8 through increased agricultural output, incomes, participation of women and throughout from agriculture to agro-processing industries,” Mutsvangwa said.
Furthermore, government has noted progress towards Universal health coverage through sustained investment in public health infrastructure, equipment, capacitation of human resources for health, procurement and distribution of medicines and sundries as well as development and review of health related legal and policy frameworks.
“In the education sector there has been increased access through inclusive programmes infrastructure, human skills capital development and innovation.
“Gender has been mainstreamed in most of the country’s legislative frameworks, policies and empowerment programmes which has resulted in increased participation in politics and decision making as well as access to productive and financial resources by women,” Mutsvangwa said.
She stated that the 2021 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development will be held from 6 to 15 July 2021.
The theme of the 2021 Forum is “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development; building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.
“The 2021 High Level Political Forum will be held virtually, while sit-in meetings might be allowed for the three-days’ Ministerial Segment of the Forum,” Mutsvangwa said.
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