Sustainable Development Goals in Mozambique

Starting from SDGs advocacy – let’s Talking about SDGs in Mozambique!

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. 

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Painting my SDGs in Mozambique - contributing to SDGs with sprits of volunteerism

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. This video (in Portuguese) explains more.  

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A new sustainable development agenda

Voices around the world are demanding leadership on poverty, inequality and climate change. To turn these demands into actions, world leaders will gather on 25 September, 2015, at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Paul Ladd, Director of the UNDP Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, talks about 2015, a year in which countries will shape a new development agenda and reach a global agreement on climate change.

The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, which will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty. Everywhere. Permanently.

The concept of the SDGs was born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universally applicable goals that balances the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic.

The Global Goals replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty.

The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly but treatable disease, and expanding educational opportunities to all children, among other development imperatives.

The MDGs drove progress in several important areas:

  • Income poverty
  • Access to improved sources of water
  • Primary school enrollment
  • Child mortality

With the job unfinished for millions of people—we need to go the last mile on ending hunger, achieving full gender equality, improving health services and getting every child into school. Now we must shift the world onto a sustainable path. The Global Goals aim to do just that, with 2030 as the target date.

This new development agenda applies to all countries, promotes peaceful and inclusive societies, creates better jobs and tackles the environmental challenges of our time—particularly climate change. Later this year world leaders are expected to reach a global agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Conference.

The Global Goals must finish the job that the MDGs started, and leave no one behind.

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The Millennium Development Goals

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Transitioning to the Sustainable Development Goals

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