….by integrating them in the existing Development Plans of the country, says BSLT

Lusaka… Monday June 10, 2024 (SMART EAGLES)

Government should expediate implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by integrating them in the existing Development Plans of the country, says Born Short Living Tall (BSLT) President Ntalasha Chisha.

Mr Chisha says one of the key areas for such implementation is on the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

He states that government should take deliberate steps in integrating the SDGs as key guidelines for identifying and picking viable CDF developmental projects especially for rural communities.

“It is essential for the government to recognize that the SDGs are not just aspirational targets but tangible guidelines that can inform policy decisions, resource allocation, and development strategies at all levels. By incorporating the SDGs into national planning and governance frameworks, the government can ensure a more coordinated and effective approach to addressing the complex challenges facing people today,” he said.

“Furthermore, we appeal to President Hakainde Hichilema to appoint a special commission to facilitate the integration of the SDGs into a comprehensive national action plan and promote the exchange of information and knowledge between stakeholders. The commission must consult with all government agencies and relevant stakeholders who will come up with an SDG document that represents the opportunities in each constituency.”

Mr Chisha further said the document can then be made available to parliamentarians on how the SDGs fit into their respective constituencies for a clear development agenda on best project opportunities for CDF investment.

He indicated that it is imperative that every constituency is aligned to implement projects in line the SDGs in order to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda to build a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable society for all.

“It is important to note that this approach will build a system of participatory monitoring to ensure accountability and follow-up on the SDGs. It will also help in forging partnerships with relevant stakeholders and involve the minority in the development agenda of the nation,” he added.

“We can take a leaf from countries like German and Ghana that have launched councils and platforms on sustainable development issues that advises and participates in the integration of the goals for national development. We have an opportunity to create a better future for our Children by 2030. And we should avoid the snare of procrastination when dealing with important national matters. The time to act on the SDGs is now.”


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