Tanzania’s SDG progress under scrutiny

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  • Tanzania presented its report to the NVR conference in 2019, and it was established that the country was not doing well in a number of areas

Dar es Salaam. The United Nations Association of Tanzania, in cooperation with civil society organisations (CSOs) has begun the second National Voluntary Review (NVR) to establish Tanzania’s progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Tanzania presented its report to the NVR conference in 2019 whereby it was identified that the country was not doing well in areas of climate change and poverty alleviation.

The country then asked for more time to improve.

VNR is the process through which countries assess and present national progress made in implementing the 2030 agenda, including achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the pledge to leave no one behind.

Speaking at the high-level multi-stakeholders coordination for VNR at the weekend, the United Nations Association of Tanzania, executive director, Mr Reynald Maeda, said the 2023 theme was to see how the country was rebuilding itself from the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

He said a report will based on SDGs number 6, 7,9,11, and 17.

“We have been directed by the government to coordinate CSOs. Through the process of review that we have started today, we will begin to evaluate how, as a country, we have managed to correct what we were told in 2019,” he said.

Specifically, they will see what progress the country has done for the past three years in the areas of climate change and elimination of poverty.

“The goal was to eradicate poverty come 2030 so we will see if the country has made any progress,” Mr Maeda added.

He said in 2019, Tanzania was not doing well in the aspect of follow up system on climate change.

Speaking at the event, a senior economist from the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr Joseph Malekia, said the government involved several stakeholders in preparing the second VNR.

He said the Finance ministry organized the second working session of members of the national taskforce to analyze and discuss their information and statistics to facilitate the start of the preparation of the draft before the VNR 2023.

“Thus, the ministry received the submissions and has started the writing stage of the initial draft of the statement,” he said.