President Dr Hage Geingob's Statement at the High Level Thematic Debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN in New York.
Your, Excellency Mr. Mogen Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly; Excellency's Heads of State and Government;
I wish to take this opportunity to thank the President of 70th Session for convening this very important debate.
The Brundtland Report defines Sustainable Development as, "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Sustainable Development is, therefore, a fine balancing act between needs on one side and limitations on the other.
Our challenge is how to overcome our limitations in order to meet our needs.
Looking at the first sustainable goal of "Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere" one soon realizes that the fight to eradicate poverty, hunger and related challenges cannot be achieved without adequate resources. Lack of resources represents a limitation that should be overcome before we can talk of implementation of SDGs. Realisation of the SDGs will require public, private, national, international, concessional and non-concessional resources.
In order for us to ensure long-term sustainable development, we must first and foremost ensure that we all have sufficient domestic resources available.
Namibia has made significant progress in reducing levels of absolute poverty and expanding access to basic services to people all over the country. Last year, I declared an all-out war on poverty, which in our country affects mostly women, the youth and those residing in rural areas.
On the 5th of April, we launched the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which is targeted impact plan aimed at eradicating poverty and hunger in Namibia. The Harambee Plan is built on five pillars namely, effective governance and service delivery, infrastructure development and international cooperation, economic advancement and social progression.
We, therefore, urge the International Financial Institutions such as the World Bank and other Regional Development Banks to play a key role, by stimulating private finance to support the implementation of the SDGs.
Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates,
As a people united by the common goal of sustainable development, let us not escape the responsibility of tomorrow, but face it head on, under the banner of a "Future We All Want" and ensure that no one is left behind in the quest to implement the SDG's.
I thank you.