Ministries, private sector companies, parastatals and civil society gathered in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana recently to participate in the preparation of the country’s contribution to the indicator framework and comment on the relevance of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators. Botswana signed on the declaration thereby committing herself to improve the wellbeing of citizens in a number of areas by 2015 and stated the country position should be in line with that of the African continent.
The SDGs are a brainchild of the United Nations (an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation) following the culmination of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2015 which were a 15 year development agenda. The 2030 agenda for SDGs is underpinned by 17 goals addressing poverty, health, education, gender equality, water, energy, economic growth, infrastructure, climate change, global partnership, sustainability and peace.
UN resident coordinator, Mr Pedersen stated that there were factors that make SDG stand out from MDG, citing that the goals were broader with an inclusive agenda and not just tackling abject poverty but ambitious and universal addressing all countries unlike MDG which were so much about developing countries.
The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. An independent nation since 30 September 1966, it has maintained a strong tradition of stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast.
A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world and has a GDP per capita of $18,825. Its high gross national income (estimated the 4th in Africa) gives the country a modest standard of living and the highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan Africa, and member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations.