The Ministry of National Development planning has launched Zambia’s first-ever Voluntary National Review (VNR) report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since their adoption five years ago.
The Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme explained that after the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, member countries of the United Nations were encouraged to undertake periodic voluntary national reviews of their implementation of SDGs.
Mr Chiteme was speaking through the Ministry’s permanent Secretary in charge of Development Cooperation, Monitoring and Evaluation Danies Chisenda who launched the VNR Report on his behalf in Lusaka.
He said the review is aimed at assessing progress as well as identifying key challenges in the implementation of the global agenda.
Mr Chiteme said the VNR had showed that progress was uneven and there was need for more initiatives for the Vision 2030 to be achieved.
He assured stakeholders that the Government will continue to mainstream SDGs in future national development plans.
And speaking during the same function, UN Resident Coordinator Dr Coumba Mar Gadio said the United Nations in Zambia is pleased to support the Government on the delivery of the SDGs and to ensure that no One is Left Behind.
Dr Mar Gadio encouraged the wider development community to continue its support to Zambia’s development to achieve its development aspirations.