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UNDP Resident Representative Alka Bathia

UNDP pledges to capacitate Namibian Parliament to implement SDGs

July 24, 2020

By Andreas Thomas

UNDP Resident Representative Alka Bathia
UNDP Resident Representative Alka Bathia

Windhoek – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday pledged to capacitate the Namibian Parliament in its oversight function concerning the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNDP Resident Representative Alka Bathia noted the important role that parliament was an indomitable partner in the implementation of SDGs.

“Parliament is a very important partner in terms of implementation of SDGs. Budgets is discussed in parliament. We would want to know to what extent are these budgets responding to the implementation of SDGs.

As you might be aware we are only left with ten years to meet these targets. We are willing to develop tools that will help in the implementation of SDGs in the most cost-effective use of resources and track progress,” Bathia said during a meeting with the Speaker of National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi.

Katjavivi has expressed the need for Namibian parliament to form an oversight committee to oversee the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We want to engage the UNDP to oversee the whole process. We would want a committee that is capacitated. There is a need to be innovative especially given the precarious situation we find ourselves in,” said the Speaker.

He said the committee will not only help meet the SDG targets whose deadline is at the end of 2030 but also support efforts to “alleviate some of the many socio-economic challenges that continue to hamper development”.

As a member of the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Katjavivi said Namibia is committed to the implementation of SDGs.

Bathia emphasized that the SDGs online hub platform can provide useful information to parliament. The platform that Namibia launched in February 2020 share information about the progress made about the implementation of SDGs in the country.

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