22 Apr 2016 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 APR (NAMPA) Namibia has made significant progress in reducing levels of absolute poverty and expanding access to basic services to people all over the country.
President Hage Geingob made these remarks during the high level thematic debate on achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) on Thursday at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York in the United States of America.
Last year, I declared an all-out war on poverty, which in our country affects mostly women, the youth and those residing in rural areas. On 05 April 2016, we launched the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which is a
targeted impact plan aimed at eradicating poverty and hunger in Namibia, Geingob said.
The plan is built on five pillars - effective governance and service delivery, economic advancement, social progression, infrastructure development and international cooperation.
The President said the Namibian Government wants to urge international financial Institutions such as the World Bank and other regional development banks to play a key role by stimulating private finance to support the implementation of the SDGs.
Looking at the first sustainable goal of ending poverty in all its forms everywhere, one soon realises that the fight to eradicate poverty, hunger and related challenges cannot be achieved without adequate resources. Lack of resources represents a limitation that should be overcome before countries can talk of implementation of SDGs, Geingob said.
He added that the realisation of the SDGs will require public, private, national, international, concessional and non-concessional resources.
In order for us to ensure long-term sustainable development, we must first and foremost ensure that we all have sufficient domestic resources available, he added.
The SDGs became the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expired at the end of 2015 whereby UN Member States adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure shared prosperity and foster global peace.
Geingob is expected back in Namibia next week Wednesday.