Tanzanians have presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report at this year’s (2019) High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).
FORUMCC, which is Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) platform in Tanzania, played a key role in the VNR Process. This was done in Collaboration with Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform under the project Strengthening Partnerships for the effective implementation of the Agenda 2030 in East Africa. The initiative was supported by PACJA.
The Tanzania’s Civil Societies met to discuss the key outcomes of the High-Level Political Forum during a Post-HLPF sharing session as well as the launch of the CSO SDGs Report in Dar es Salaam.
Development Stakeholders from 28 Civil Society Organisations in Tanzania, in conjunction with FORUMCC, also played a key role in ensuring that CSOs’ contributions were included in the VNRs report.
Some of the consultations done directly contributed to the national report, leading to the preparation of CSOs ‘shadow’ report. This report was presented at the side event that happened during the HLPF forum in New York on July 16, 2019, at Africa Union Mission which had a good number of CSO representatives from Tanzania.
“As a platform, we were able to share our first CSOs Sustainable Development Goals ‘shadow’ report on the side event during the HLPF," said Reynald Maeda, the Co-convener TSDP from UNA Tanzania during the opening of the Session.
CSOs actively took part in the process, from preliminary consultations to the reporting stage. This enabled them to share the outcomes, lessons learned and ways forward in sustainable development implementation process.
“While there are challenges in implementing and reporting on SDGs, the imminent solution lies in the adoption and localization of the SDG in the national plans,” said Stephen Chacha, the Co-convener TSDP from the Africa Philanthropic Foundation.
Under this project, FORUMCC facilitated engagement of CSOs working on Climate Change-related issues in the VNR process and engaged with Parliamentary committees on Agriculture, Livestock and Water Management; as well as energy and minerals.