Talking about Sustainable Development Goals in Mozambique
Knowing the SDGs is the first step for people to start engaging with the Agenda 2030. The SDGs are owned by all citizens of any communities in every corner of the world. Every one of has a responsibility to contribute towards their achievement so that everyone benefits from the results of their progress. Like other countries signatories of the SDGs, Mozambique is committed to ensure that people are informed and fully participate this transformative all-encompassing agenda. “Together with partners such as the United Nations and civil society, we are working to make information accessible to our own society, including the production of visual materials, to make it easy for people to understand this sustainable development agenda. We have to ensure that the SDG information and messages reach to all the communities,” affirms Ms. Cristina Matusse, the Deputy Director of National Directorate of Planning and Budget, in the Mozambique Ministry of Economy and Finance. She reiterates the importance of communication about SDGs showing her enthusiasm towards the SDGs. UNDP will continue to work with national stakeholders in close collaboration with other UN agencies, to advocate the Agenda 2030 to ensure engagement of all the actors in Mozambique, making sure that and no one is left behind.
Contributing to SDGs with sprits of volunteerism
Over a 100 school children joined an SDG awareness raising event with the aim make think, discuss and act to make a contribution towards the achievement of the Agenda 2030. The event held in Maputo, was an initiative of United Nations Volunteers (UNV), supported by UNDP, and coincided with the week of the International Volunteer Week started from 26th Nov 2016, emphasizing the essential role of volunteer to SDGs. The active participation of volunteers from various institutions including United Nations agencies UNICEF, UN Women and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as well as individual volunteers showcased the spirit of volunteerism. The children were asked to draw on a school wall what the SDGs mean to each of them. This touched their hearts and left a lasting impression on them to ensured their participation in the 2030 Agenda. The wall in school is now painted with 17 unique designs of SDGs, with strong messages by school children for themselves, their colleagues and their community on the importance of the SDGs, and that no one should be left behind.