JOINT PRESS RELEASE - Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals launched in Tanzania A Peoples Agenda for Development
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – 29 September 2015: The United Nations in conjunction with the Government of Tanzania officially launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as Global Goals in Dar es Salaam. UN Tanzania Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, along with Mr. Paul Kessy, from the Planning Commission (POPC) and Zanzibar Planning Commissioner, Mr. Ahmed Makame – on behalf of Government, Ms. Fionnuala Gilsenan, Ambassador of Ireland and Ms. Liz Lloyd, CEO Standard Chartered Bank- on behalf of Project Everyone Partners, unveiled the goals in Tanzania.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all human beings enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 Global Goals include 169 targets and will guide development policy and funding for the next 15 years.
Building on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Goals include new areas such as economic inequality, innovation, climate change, sustainable consumption and peace and justice, among others. The SDGs are universal, inclusive and a bold commitment to all people and planet.
Speaking on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals, UN Tanzania Resident Coordinator Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez said,“For the first time governments of all countries have agreed on a set of goals for everyone. These goals will help all nations and all people share prosperity, reduce poverty, and protect the planet from climate change. They will address the interconnected elements of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.”
Lauding the Sustainable Development Goals, Mr. Paul Kessy said that the Government of Tanzania readies itself for the 15 years plan. “President Jakaya Kikwete and his team were in New York to endorse the global goals with other member States. This shows you that our country is committed to working with partners such as the UN towards eradicating poverty.” He also added that “this time around, strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development has been accorded more emphasis. The issuance of a joint press release between different partners demonstrates the modality in implementation of the goals through the next Five Year Development Plan now under preparation.”
Emphasizing on the partnership towards achieving the goals, Ms. Fionnuala Gilsenan, assured of Ireland’s support towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaking on behalf of Project Everyone partners, Ms. Liz Lloyd asserted the importance of the private sector partnering with the United Nations and the Government of Tanzania in spreading the message of the Global Goals: “As a Bank, we often talk about the importance of being here for good. This is not just a brand promise, it is an ethos that we try to live by every day. The Global Goals offer a unique chance to collaborate with other world leading firms and organizations, putting into practice Goal 17 which aims to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Standard Chartered is proud to have been present in Tanzania for many years and hope through this collaboration everyone living here can benefit from the sustainable economic and social development of the country.”
The Sustainable Development Goals where launched globally on 25 September when world leaders came together in New York. The new SDGs and targets will come into effect on 1st January 2016.
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Note to Editors:
1. All 23 UN agencies in Tanzania: UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, IFAD, FAO, UNIDO, UN Volunteers, UNCTAD, UN Women, IOM – OIM, WHO, WFP, UNFPA, UNEP, UN AIDS, UNODC, UNDSS, UNOPS, UNDP, IAEA, ITC,UNCDF will be at the heart of making sure the new development agenda is implemented, and the new Global Goals are realized.