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Submitted by Web Master on 10 March 2023

Sustainble Development Goals (SDGs) have been integrated into and are implemented through national medium-term plans, namely, the National Five-Year Development Plan in the Mainland and the Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, which also adheres to the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environment).

Tanzania is doing reasonably well in goals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 16. Goals 7, 9, 11, 12 are likely to be achieved with stepped-up efforts. Goals 1, 13, 14, 15 17 will need significant local efforts and international support to achieve.

This was discussed at the Policy Forum February 2023 Breakfast debate conducted at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Dar es salaam.

Executive Director of the United Nations Association of Tanzania, Reynald Maeda highlighted that voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. VNRs seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Reflecting on 2019 for the first time, Tanzania’s former Minister of Finance and Planning who is the current Vice President Hon. Philip Isdor Mpango presented the country’s VNR at the United Nations HQ in New York. Moreover, Tanzania is among 38 out of 41 presenters that will be presenting for the second time in July 2023.

Preparation of this Voluntary National Review is being coordinated by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, which is mandated to coordinate the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs in Mainland Tanzania and by the Zanzibar Planning Commission.

Maeda further stated that the process of preparing the Review needs to be participatory and involve all stakeholders including government ministries, departments, agencies, United Nations Agencies, civil society, the private sector, Parliament and House of Representatives (Zanzibar), local government authorities (LGAs) and the media.

Maeda urged the government to set aside financial  budget  that can enable it implement the SDGs successfully, noting that as a nation, it should have clear priorities and the budgets set aside for that purpose need to reflect the implementation of those SDGs as the Government has agreed and signed to implement

Moreover, Mulika Tanzania’s Executive Director Hussein Melele urged youth, Civil society organizations (CSOs) and other key players to openly discuss the challenges faced; and to push the different stakeholders to continue taking their positions in implementing the SDGs.

According to him, as part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to "Conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and Sub-national levels, which are country-led and country driven,” he told the gathering.

The country has robust development frameworks being supported by policies, plans and strategies, as well as a legal framework for the implementation of the country’s development agenda in general and the SDGs in particular.