The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals marked a tremendous shift for the post 2015 development agenda. 17 “Global Goals” to charter new frontiers with regard to reaching 169 targets covering a broad range of development issues some of which include ending poverty in all its forms everywhere, ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, promoting sustainable agriculture as well as ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.
As part of the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) asks the #WCW feature to pick an SDG which resonates with them most and why. UNIC also asks how the #WCW plan to work towards achieving that particular goal.
UNIC’s dynamic feature, Nesindano Namises (Nunu) writer, poet, singer, mother and #WednesdayCelebrateWomen for the month of April chose goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals.”
This goal states that a successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level. Nunu believes that “anything that involves our collective growth as a people should be considered a collaborative effort.
Partnerships for the Goals is a very imperative objective as stresses the importance of working together at all levels. In order to reach vision 2030 worldwide, there needs to be a clear willingness for the people; expressly the youth join in and take part in bringing about change and taking a stand in the radical revolution about to occur.
Nunu articulates “the idea of Ubuntu speaks quite strongly to me, without a meeting of minds hands, ideas, hearts etc.; we create obstacles that I believe could hinder the progress of goals for growth.”
Everyone has a role to contribute in some way to make the world a better place. “I plan to achieve this by getting involved or reaching out to likeminded individuals or groups who have core goals similar to mine. This is important to me; I would like to work with more children and I believe that involving children is often quite a full filing collaborative effort.” says Nesindano.
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages is one of the targets of Partnership for the Goals. In Namibia, raising awareness and shifting attitudes related to the prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation of common health have been some of the key focal areas in the health sector. Nunu “hates to imagine women not educated about their health rights.” She adds “we have seen how our women have become empowered when they have the information at their hands.” The world is moving away from the cultural norms which disallow women to be educated and empowered. Nunu believes that “our culture should never stand in the way of creating an environment where women and girls take full control of their health.”
Though we are a long road away from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, it is evident that significant strides are being taken to get there. With continual Partnerships for the Goals this can surely be accomplished.