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GOVERNMENT is hosting a two-day multi-stakeholder national dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at building national consensus on the new development concept.

The dialogue, which is being held at Wild Geese Lodge in Harare, will be attended by stakeholders from Government, United Nations agencies, business, civil society and academia.

It is being organised by the Office of the President and Cabinet in conjunction with the UN.

Sustainable Development Goals will build upon the Millennium Development Goals which have reached the 2015 target date.

The objective is to engage in a comprehensive and inclusive national dialogue in order to build consensus on the SDGs and chart a way forward.

More specifically, the dialogue aims to: appraise national stakeholders on international and regional processes on Post 2015 Development Agenda bring to the public domain and raise awareness on the proposed 17 SDGs and begin the process of domesticating and prioritising the SDGs in relation to Zimbabwe’s development vision espoused in the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation – Zim-Asset.

The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda will give a keynote address and official opening.

Some of the issues under discussion include global discourse on the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals Africa Union Position on Sustainable Development Goals Zimbabwe’s engagement on the SDGs Zim-Asset within the context of the SDGs.

Also under discussion will be achievement of MDGs in Zimbabwe and priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Deputy Chief Secretary in The Office of the President and Cabinet, Rtd Col Christian Katsande, and his counterpart Mr Justin Mupamhanga and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli will also be available at the dialogue.

Source : The Herald

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