Namibia together with other eight countries, which are Botswana, Jamaica, Malta, Cyprus, Belize, Samoa, Bahamas and Kiribati was chosen from the United Nations’ list of countries that presented their Voluntary National Review (VNR) reports of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in USA, New York by July 2018. This was the first ever “Commonwealth Awards for Excellence in SDG Implementation” that was held in Valletta, Malta in June 2019. The award by the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence (SSCOE) was based on the country’s approach to SDG implementation at national level.
Each contesting country was required to make a presentation on the methodology and progress towards the implementation of SDGs in line with the given guidelines that entailed the approach to SDG implementation, inclusivity, accountability by implementing institutions, integration into other government planning structures and how SDGs is communicated to the public. To determine the winners, each country’s presentation was scored by participants and an expert panel of Commonwealth Small States High Commissioners.
Namibia’s presentation emphasised on the domestication process of the development frameworks and mainstreaming them in NDP5, the implementation of the SDG-Initiative Namibia project, the monitoring and reporting overview as well as its governance and division of responsibility, the 2018 VNR reporting and her commitment to the implementation of the global agenda.
Namibia together with Malta, the host country and Bahamas scoped the awards by being given trophies for adopting effective approaches and methodologies in implementing SDGs at national level. Namibia’s award was mainly for aligning SDGs at a local level. However, more still need to be done to ensure that the approaches and methodologies applied in implementing SDGs leads to the desired results.