Namibia Participates in the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, 13 – 19 July 2019

New YorkNamibia, under the leadership of Hon. Obeth Mbuipaha Kandjoze, Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission, has participated in a High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development from 13-19 July 2018, in New York. The Namibian delegation was comprised of the Minister of Economic Planning and the Director-General as well as the senior staff of the National Planning Commission and the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), H.E Amb. Neville Gertze and staff, and Honourable Members of the National Council.


The 2019 Senior-Level Ministerial Segment held on 13-14 July 2019, preceded the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at Ministerial level, which included Voluntary National Reviews. The Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) focused on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and brought together key stakeholders from governments, parliamentarians, the UN system and other International organizations, trade unions, the private sector,  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Youth, local governments, Foundations and Academia.


The two-day SLM sessions were underpinned by the five (5) Kampala principles which reflect on “Country Ownership, Results and Targeted Impacts, Inclusive Partnerships, ‘Leave no one Behind’ and, Transparency and Accountability”.  The meeting sought to jointly and candidly deliberate with partners to make the shifts toward a more effective co-operation and accelerate efforts towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   Amongst others, the meeting called for a greater participation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), private sectors and non-state actors including marginalized communities in the attainment of the SDGs.  Namibia fully endorsed the SLM outcomes.


On the side lines of the (Economic and Social Council) ECOSOC’s 2019 HLPF on Sustainable Development, Germany, jointly with the European Union (EU) hosted a learning session and panel discussion on Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF).  The theme of these events was “Financing our National Development Plans – how to respond to scarce resources and multiple choices”. The meeting recalled the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), which put particular emphasis on INFF that underpins the National Sustainable Development Strategies. Further, the meeting recommended that the adoption of INFF should be demand-driven, have strong political support and a broad-based country ownership. Namibia shared practical experiences in the formulation of the Development Finance Assessment (DFA) in both events.


Namibia’s participation at the 2019 HLPF was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia and the “Namibia Sustainable Development Goals Initiative (SDG-I)”, which is a joint technical cooperation project of the NPC and the Deutsche Gesellschaft