At the workshop, the government presented a draft version of the VNR report. The preparation of the report was coordinated by the ministry working with various stakeholders from Mainland and Zanzibar who were in attendance including key government ministries, departments and agencies, UN agencies, civil society, the private sector, and women and youth groups.
As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages UN member states to conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress being made on the SDGs at the national and sub-national levels. These reviews are then presented at the annual High-Level Political Forum which takes place at the UN Headquarters in New York. Tanzania is among the 48 countries that will be presenting their report at the 2019 forum which will be taking place under the theme of ’Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality’.
In line with the theme, Tanzania’s report will focus on SDG 4: Quality Education; SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities; SDG 13: Climate Action; SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. Tanzania’s report outlines key achievements as well as challenges related to the implementation of these select SDGs.
Opening the workshop, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Adolf Ndunguru said: “As evidenced by today’s participation, the process of conducting the review was consultative, participatory, iterative, transparent and inclusive, engaging all key stakeholders in the country.
” He added: “The draft report of the SDF review is ready, so today’s workshop is meant to provide a platform for stakeholders involved in SDG implementation as well as the review process to provide their feedback on the draft for improvement as well as validate the content of the report.”
UN Coordination Advisor, Helge Flard said: “Since the government announced its intention of presenting a VNR report at this year’s High-Level Political Forum, there have been various consultations with key national stakeholders including different government entities, civil society, the private sector, and academia.”
He added: “It’s also important to remember that VNR is not an end in itself but provides a platform for strengthened partnerships needed to reach the ambitious targets in the 2030 Agenda, and it can be used as a momentum for accelerated implementation of SDGs among all actors.”
On behalf of Development Partners, Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Norway, Trygve Bendiksby, said: “Our aim is to leave no one behind. This means we must pay special attention to the most marginalized. The SDGs are inter-connected and many of them require cooperstion across borders. That means that we will fail or succeed together.”