Contextualizing the Sustainable Development Goals: The DRC Establishes Its Priorities and Targets

Dec 9, 2016

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has just completed its first national report which clearly establishes its targets and indicators prioritized with respect to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of the Postal Service and Telecommunications, Thomas Luhaka officially launched this national report contextualizing and prioritizing the SDGs in the DRC on Friday, 18 November in the presence of Ministers, Ambassadors, and delegates from the private sector and civil society.

Out of the 169 targets for the 17 SDGs, only 105 targets come under the prioritization exercise. The prioritized national package of SDG targets for the next five years (2017 – 2021) thus includes 17 SDGs, 38 targets and 58 indicators. It represents 36% of the 105 targets to be prioritized and 22.5% of the package, which corresponds to the country’s priorities, in line with its policy of emergence by 2030.

The national report contains four chapters, the first of which sets out the background to development in the DRC, reporting on lessons learnt from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The second chapter presents a swift and integrated analysis of the national planning framework in the DRC. The third presents the prioritization of national targets and indicators. The fourth chapter addresses funding issues and strategies for mobilizing resources in order to meet the goals set by this new development agenda.

In the preface to the report, the Prime Minister stresses that the noble ambition of this new development programme to end poverty, hunger, discrimination, inequality and environmental damage is in accord with the Government’s ultimate objective. However, it should be noted from the outset that ending poverty and transforming lives whilst protecting the planet requires a great deal of work, discipline, selflessness and sacrifice.

For Deputy Prime Minister Thomas Luhaka, the Republic’s Government made remarkable efforts between 2000 and 2015 to stabilise and normalise politics and security in the country.

Despite the hopeful tone adopted as regards the completion of MDG implementation, the country is subject to a number of serious issues, including ongoing poverty, and inequality at all political, economic, social and environmental levels. These issues definitely have a negative impact on the functioning of the economy and people’s quality of life. The SDGs enable the Government to step up previous efforts and begin a new dimension of reforms that should create the conditions necessary for profound transformations in the national economy with a view to its emergence in 2030.

For the UNDP Country Director, Ms Priya Gajraj, “The success of SDG implementation requires strong political will as well as more effective national, regional and global partnerships in the areas of financing, technology transfer, capacity-building, peace and security.”

The Minister for Planning and Implementation of Modernity, Georges Wembi, congratulated all development partners and particularly UNDP for their technical and financial support in implementing national sustainable development plans which will enable the DRC to meet the challenges of the SDGs.

As a reminder, in September 2015 the DRC, with other Member States of the United Nations, subscribed to a new international sustainable development agenda under the SDG umbrella.

Clarisse Museme

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