On 20th March 2019, in Dar ES Salaam, Tanzania Sustainability Summit 2019 was held having called for a collective action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to avoid a legacy of inequality and environmental degradation for the next generation of Tanzanians.
The summit was organized by UN Global Compact Network Tanzania,Government of the United republic of Tanzania and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA with Support of UNDP
The key objective of the Summit was to highlight the existing momentum and support for the SDGs across all sectors in Tanzania. Through sharing experiences and learnings from different sectors, explore what the SDGs mean for Tanzanian. Furthermore, the summit supported the country preparation toward VNRs, HLPF 2019. Which scheduled to address the theme, ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’ The summit was a catalyst to conduct an in-depth review of SDG 4 (Quality education), SDG 8 (Decent work and Economic Growth), SDG 10 (Reduce inequality) SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 16 (Peace ,justice and Strong Institutions) in addition to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed in 2019.
The Tanzania Sustainability Summit is the first national summit that was held to pivotal time ahead of Tanzania`s first Voluntary National Review on the SDGs which will be delivered to the UN in July 2019 at the High-level political forum in New York
The Summit brought together more than 200 of Tanzanian`s leading advocates for sustainable development from Private Sector, Government, academia and civil society to examine Tanzania performance on the SDGs and look at how their implementation can be improved. Click here to read more about the Report
Speaking during the event the UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez said that “The way in which the SDGs were developed was very inclusive and literally thousands of people from all over the world contributed to coming up with the 17 SDGs that we have today. Today’s Summit is a continuation of that and we hope to get valuable inputs that can contribute to Tanzania’s report on the SDGs later this year.”
Understanding that the SDGs specifically VNR process provide the framework for collective action to tackle our biggest challenges which no single sector can address alone, like climate change, inequality and sustainable growth. The summit gave out the opportunity to the participants who included businesses, CSOs,Government and tertiary institutions to share innovative practice from across Tanzania and built the partnerships that is needed to implement the SDGs.
Speaking at the Summit, UN Global Compact Network Tanzania, chairman Mr. Simon Shayo, said: “The Voluntary National Review process catalysts for accelerating Tanzania’s implementation of the SDGs. They provide the chance to review our progress, look at our successes and failures and raise public awareness of the SDGs. “This summit will lift the level of debate on Tanzania`s SDG performance and identify collective priorities where we can go beyond ‘business as usual’. It’s a great opportunity to coordinate action on the SDGs within Government with the actions in business and the broader community.” said Mr.Simon Shayo.
On her closing remarks , Closing remarks, Natalie Boucly the UNDP Country Representative, noted that VNR and the summit is a Platform to bring together multi-stakeholder partners (UN agencies, private sector, government, civil society and development partners) to evaluate progress in promoting inclusion and participation toward achieving agenda 2030 and UNDP is happy to Support the initiative.