The United Nations (UN) yesterday pledged to provide human, technical and financial resources to enable Zimbabwe to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In a joint steering meeting on the Zimbabwe Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (ZUNSDCF), UN resident coordinator Edward Kallon promised to assist Zimbabwe to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Let me take this opportunity to reassure the government that as the UN we collectively remain committed to achieving the aspirations of the cooperation framework through the deployment of human, technical and financial resources in the most effective and efficient manner towards delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development including the transformative recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic,” Kallin said.

Chief Secretary of the president and Cabinet, Misheck Chitambara who also attended the joint meeting also mentioned broader collaboration with development partners and the Private sector is necessary to achieve the 17 SDGs.

“All having been said and done, to achieve the 17 SDGs requires significant scaling up of SDG-aligned investment and more than what government alone can provide and thus for broader collaboration with development partners and the private sector, alongside the public sector,” he said

“The partnership with UN and development partners and the private sector, therefore, is vital in a corporation towards accelerated SDG delivery as well as our national economic growth and development.” he also added.

Meanwhile, the government had inadequate resources to implement SDGs and monitor their progress. “There is insufficient time and disaggregated data for most indicators, making it difficult to track and monitor progress,” Chitambara said last week while addressing a FACET workshop in Harare.