Zimbabwe’s Latest MDG Progress Report Released
Zimbabwe has made positive trends in MDG 2 on universal primary education. According to the 2012 MDG Progress Report, the country has also made strides towards achieving gender equality in schools and in fighting HIV/AIDS.
The report, presented in Harare on 29 May 2013, paints a mixed picture. Some of the daunting MDG challenges that the country faces are in MDG1 on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and MDG5 on improving maternal mortality. Currently, the maternal mortality rate at 960 per 100000 live births is one of the highest in the world.
Noting that 40% of maternal deaths are not caused by medical issues but are related to behavior issues and social status, the UN Resident Coordinator, Alain Noudehou said, “It is unacceptable for our sisters, daughters and mothers to die while giving life.”
The Resident Coordinator added: “For the UN, the overall objective is to help Member States arrive at a unified set of concise, clear and measurable development goals that keep poverty reduction at the core and, at the same time, recognize and address broader and ambitious sustainable development challenges.”
“The presentation of the 2012 MDG report and the Accelerated Action Plan should inspire all of us.It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the current momentum be inclusive and equitable to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs”, said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.
The report, based on latest data available through an analysis of trends of the eight MDGs, assesses the likelihood for the achievement of each MDG target in Zimbabwe. This includes looking at lessons learnt for what could be done under relevant policies and institutions in order to either increase the momentum or get back on track towards achieving the MDG targets by 2015.
Presented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Dr. Desire Sibanda, the report provides a critical assessment on poverty reduction, economic growth, productive employment, the participation of women in decision-making, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, environmental sustainability, and global partnerships.
In his keynote address, Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Ray Ndhlukula said Government remained committed to achieving the set targets.
The report also reflects on the Post-2015 development agenda by noting that the new approach will seek to include critical problems that affect all communities, such as the plight of the poor, political, social and economic stability, inequality as well as peace and security.
The MDG event was attended by over 250 participants from Government, UN, donors, Civil Society Organizations, academia and the media. The 2012 MDG Progress Report was made possible through a consultative process involving Government, the United Nations, International Development Agencies, Private Sector, Academia and Research Institutions, as well as Civil Society Organizations.
During the presentation, an Accelerated Action Plan for MDG 2 (Achieving Universal Primary Education) was also unveiled.