Mozambique commits to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Oct 24, 2016

Minister for the Environment, Land and Rural Development, H.E. Celso Correia and UN Resident Coordinator Marcia de Castro

The Government of Mozambique today expressed its commitment to ensure that achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the set target date of 2030.

“We want to declare that Mozambique has officially rolled out its work to domesticate the Sustainable Development Agenda into its national development priorities and its implementation has already started,” said the Minister for the Environment, Land and Rural Development, H.E. Celso Correia.

The Minister was speaking at an event organized by the Government to launch the SDGs, the new UN strategic partnership plan, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the 2017 – 2020 as well as to celebrate the 24th of October, which this year marks the 71 anniversary of the United Nations creation.

The event, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation was attended by members of the Government, Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Cooperation Partners, the United Nations System Representatives in Mozambique, academic, civil society leaders. The Government decided to launch the campaign on 24 October, which is the 71 anniversary of the United Nations creation.

“Your presence here today bears witness of your commitment to the principles of the United Nations of justice, human dignity, and the well-being of every person through the fellowship of nations living in peace and development,” the Minister, adding that the Government is counting on the support from the UN, the international community, civil society and all other stake holders in the implementation of the national sustainable development goals.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mozambique, Ms. Marcia de Castro, praised the long standing cooperation between Mozambique and the United Nations spanning for four decades and pledged UN readiness to support the national development priorities through the SDGs.

“The adoption of this agenda has resulted from a very consultative process with various participatory platforms including multiple stakeholders. It culminated with the countries renewing their commitments to sustainable development promising to promote economic, social and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for generations present and future. Mozambique played an important role in shaping the new agenda, having been one of the pilot countries in the initial consultations that led to its formulation,” Ms. Castro recalled.

The Residencies Coordinator reminded the audience that development could only occur in an environment of peace and stability in which human rights were fully respected, particularly of the most vulnerable including women, children, the elderly, persons living with disabilities, among others, 

“The UN system in Mozambique is proud to be associated from the beginning with this political commitment. We are excited and ready to contribute so that Mozambique becomes a prosperous, inclusive and peaceful country.

Sustainable development is a model where economic and social development meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. This model assumes that it is important to respond to the needs of humanity at present and in the future, particularly the most vulnerable.

The Agenda 2030 is an ambitious document that proposes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 corresponding targets, the result of consensus reached by the delegates of the Member States of the UN. The SDG are at the heart of Agenda 2030 and its implementation will take place in the period 2016-2030.

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. It calls for eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, as this is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, committed to implement this plan.