Preceding the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) is the World’s 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Which were formulated by the United Nations General Assembly, to advance the work of the MDG’s. The SDG’s were set as part of a resolution to transform the world we live in, while we sustain the planet for future generations. Since adoption in 2015, the SDG’s were well received by South Africa. The country has assumed a prominent role globally and specifically in Africa; in guiding the process and in negotiating for the adoption of the SDG’s, in its capacity as chair of the G77 in China. Recently South Africa underwent a process of domesticating the SDG’s; to find locally and adaptable arrangements for implementation.
Creating a platform for engaging on the progress of implementing the SDG’s in South Africa, a discussion was hosted. Among the speakers was Mr Msingathi Sipuka from the United Nations Environment Programme, Ms Percy Moleke from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Ms Karen Shippey from the Department of Environmental Affairs Western Cape. Participants from civil society organisations, faith based organisations, non-governmental organisations, media and business formed part of the discussion. It was acknowledged that there is still a task in raising awareness about the SDG’s in communities; and across sectors for integration in everyday work.
L-R: Ms Percy Moleke; Mr Msingathi Sipuka; Adv Mike Pothier (Programme Manager, CPLO); and Ms Karen Shippey