THE 2030 UN Development Agenda has the potential to change the course of history for people and the planet if implemented accordingly, Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein has said.
“We’re convinced that if implemented accordingly, the 2030 Agenda has the potential to change the course of history for people and the planet,” said Dr Shein in a speech read on his behalf by Second Vice-President Seif Ali Idd.
He said this on Friday night on the occasion of UN Day 2018 in Zanzibar marked for the second year.
Dr Shein, however, warned that for the envisaged goals to be realised there should be an interplay of national efforts together with a global supportive environment that included the provision of financing, capacity building and technology transfer to make successful achievements.
Citing Zanzibar, Dr Shein underscored the need for national development strategies and for aligning with the UN Agenda 2030 to realise tangible results in the first five years of the implementation of SDGs.
He said the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar was working closely with the UN in implementing various development projects in all economic and social sectors, including health, education, agriculture, infrastructure and other community projects.
“The Zanzibar Joint Programme (ZJP), which we launched together on August 28, 2018, is clear evidence of our joint efforts,” he said.
The four-year programme focuses on maternal and new born health, ending violence against women and children, women’s economic power and enhancing institutional capacities for SDGs and Zanzibar’s Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty coordination (Mkuza III), monitoring and reporting.
Dr Shein said through the Zanzibar Development Vision 2020 the government intended to achieve the middle income status by 2020 in a sustainable and inclusive manner, thus benefiting all, especially the poor.
“Like the UN system, through Mkuza III, the revolutionary government of Zanzibar is committed to ensuring that no one is left behind as Zanzibar advances to the next level of development,” he insisted.
Reflecting on UN Day in Tanzania’s theme ‘Youth Empowerment and Innovation for Achievement of the SDGs’, President Shein said pressing concern of the government was youth unemployment, which stood at 21.3 per cent by 2015.
He said due to limited employment opportunities in the civil service, the government’s commitment was to create a supportive environment for increasing decent jobs and self-employment opportunities for its citizens, particularly the youth.
Dr Shein expressed the government’s intention to invest in young people as a pillar of hope for the next generation, stressing that the youth’s inclusion in national development endeavours was of paramount importance.
“We strive to breed a generation of young people, who are innovative, meaningful controllable with the capacity to reach their full potential,” noted Dr Shein.
“We ought to involve them in development programmes, peace negotiations and involve them in most national and to some extent international decision making processes.
As a source of inspiration, the youth’s cooperation and collaboration becomes part of our national development endeavours,” he added.
Resident Coordinator of the UN Systems, Mr Alvaro Rodriguez, equally accentuated youth empowerment as part of the nation’s development agendas.
He said it was significant that young Tanzanians were equipped with skills, knowledge and confidence in playing an active role in finding sustainable innovative solutions to the SDGs in their communities.
“We know that the youth make up more than 60 per cent of the population. This year’s theme is precise because of the reality that we need to create an enabling environment for the youth if we are to achieve the SDGs,” he stated.
The United Nations marked the 73rd anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force.
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Publish date : 2018-10-30 12:47:58