TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has urged the United Nations (UN) in Zambia to continue supplementing Governmentâ€™s efforts towards reducing poverty in the country through effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mrs Wina said with the coming into effect of the SDGs, the UN must continue to support Governmentâ€™s development agenda, which is aimed at alleviating poverty and hunger in the country.
The Vice-President, who is also minister of National Planning, said this in Lusaka yesterday during a signing ceremony of the UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework.
â€œThe partnership framework has come at the end of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and at the dawn of Sustainable Development Goals. It has also come at the time when the UN system in Zambia has fully graduated from a self-starter delivering as one to a full delivering as one country.
â€œIt is my hope that the implementation of this development framework will indeed focus on ensuring that adequate and well-directed capacity is developed in national institutions,â€ Mrs Wina said.
She said Government has started focusing more on the implementation of three pillars of the sustainable development framework, namely inclusive social development, environmentally sustainable development and governance and participation that are all focusing on ensuring that adequate and well-directed capacity is developed in national institutions.
Mrs Wina said the lessons learnt from the implementation of the MDGs will be a useful springboard for designing some of the strategies and interventions outlined under the SDGs.
â€œHowever, I must hasten to note that there may be some challenges that may arise from unavoidable issues in terms of policy and programme sequencing.
â€œThis is because the country has just launched its process of developing the Seventh National Development Plan (SNDP). So there might be a need for tuning of the contents of the Partnership Framework Document to align them with the SNDP,â€ she said.
The Vice-President said the success of the partnership framework will largely depend on the governance structures that the government will put in place.
And Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda said the signing of the partnership framework is cardinal for furthering the relations between Zambia and the UN.
Mr Chikwanda said Government is happy that the UN systems in Zambia will help the government to implement both long- and short-term measures aimed at fostering sustainable development in the country.
He urged the UN to help the government in mobilising the US$400 million financing gap needed for the implementation of the SDGs.
UN country coordinator Janet Rogan said the framework will govern the activities of all UN agencies in Zambia in support of the countryâ€™s sustainable development priorities.
Ms Rogan said partnership framework fully reflects the high ambition of Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 that was adopted in New York in September this year by 193 world leaders on behalf of their respective countries.
TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka