On Wednesday, 8 June 2016 Namibia held an immaculate event when jointly launched the SDGs and A2063 agendas. The two, are development goals adopted at both global and continental levels respectively.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals build on the Millenium Development Goals, eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. However although enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all. The SDGs go much further than their predecessors with addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.
Equally, the seven aspirations for Agenda 2063 is a bottom-up strategic framework for the socio economic transformation of the Continent over the next 50 years. It builds on and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.
At the launch, the Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of National Planning Commission, Honourable Tom Alweendo, briefed the gathering of more 150 participants that the Global agenda is influenced by the African agenda simply because during the MDGs, it was felt that these were goals thought-off by some non-African people for Africans.
Honourable Alweendo further said that as Namibia, we are in the last year of NDP4 and we will look at the two agendas and prioritize our NDP5 based only on key goals that talk best to our priorities as Namibia.
“We are not going to do this because we do not have resources but because as a globe, we are at different levels of economic transformation. Therefore we look at what is going to be beneficial in transforming our economy.”