SADC diplomats urge UN to focus on poverty


Southern African diplomats have declared at the 193 –member United Nations meeting on Sustainable Development Goals that focus should be place on poverty eradication for all member states.

This has been disclosed by Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Mwaba Kasese –Bota and made available to ZANIS by First Secretary for Press and Public relations to the United Nations Chibaula Silwamba in Lusaka today.

Dr Kasese-Bota said this on behalf of Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South-Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe during the second meeting of the open working Group on sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Bota stated that the group resolved that poverty reduction must be the number one priority of the SDGS which is currently being formulated.

“Mr region wishes to reiterate that the SDGS , we envisage must focus on addressing poverty eradication in all forms as it is key challenge to achieving sustainable development at both the regional and national levels”, Dr Bota said.

Dr Bota said poverty eradication depends largely on the global community working together in a coherent manner in formulating internationally acceptable and universally applicable SDGS that resonate with different and heterogeneity contextual realities of the member states.

According to the Zambian envoy poverty eradication requires a multidimensional approach that cut across the relevant thematic areas and sectors.

She said the Millennium Development Goals (SDGs) target to halve extreme poverty by 2015 has been slow and remains a major challenge to most member states.

She stressed that the SDGs must take into consideration key lessons learned from the MDGs especially in relation to stable and continued economic growth, income inequality, un employment, access to social services including health for all, sustainable energy and science and technological innovations.

Dr Bota said each SDG must be accompanied by means of implementation in form of financing, technology transfer and capacity building.