United Republic of Tanzania (URT) is expected to submit its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the country’s progress in the implementing programmes towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the UN’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York in July 2019.As part of the preparatory process towards the HLPF, the UN Global Compact Network Tanzania (GCNT) have undertaken a series of engagements and consultations with businesses since 2018, and recently (2019) in three major cities – Dar es Salaam (11 March), Mwanza (13 March) and Arusha (15 March), as well as the Tanzania Sustainability Summit (20 March). The business consultations aimed at engaging the Tanzania private sector in the SDGs as well as the need for reporting on Sustainable Development. The business consultation series and summit were organized in collaboration with Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI), Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA),Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO), and various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with the support of United Nations Development Programme
The VNR process provided an opportunity to businesses and CSOs to highlight Tanzanians achievements, priorities and challenges in advancing the SDGs. The objective of the consultations was therefore to raise awareness of opportunities provided by the SDGs among cross-sections of stakeholders in Tanzania, and to help them understand the opportunities provided by the Goals, actions that businesses and CSOs can take to exploit such opportunities, and the resources available to them for this. It also provided guidance on how to manage sustainable businesses in the context of the 10 UN Global Compact principles and on sustainability reporting.
The HLPF 2019 will address the theme, ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’, focusing on six SDGs, i.e., (4, 8, 10, 13, 16 & 17). These SDGs therefore served as the basis for the business consultations.