Government reviews Voluntary National Review Report on SDGs

The Ministry of Finance and Planning on Monday held the first validation workshop to review the Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2024 report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Government officials, UN diplomats and stakeholders posed for photo after launch of validation workshop on VRN report 2024 in Juba (Photo by Ngok Garang)

By Awan Achiek

The Ministry of Finance and Planning on Monday held the first validation workshop to review the Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2024 report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Eng. Awow Daniel Chuang, Minister of Finance and Planning said the event marked a significant milestone of the country’s commitment in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

“The challenges outlined in this report require our collective efforts to resolve them and innovative solutions and sustained efforts,” Chuang said during the opening of the validation workshop in Juba.

He said the report reflects on achievement, highlights challenges and the way forward to achieve progress.

Anita Kiki Gbeho, the UN Resident Coordinator in South Sudan described the launch as a milestone for South Sudan in achieving progress on the SDGs by 2030.

“This marks a significant milestone for South Sudan’s journey toward achieving agenda 2030. I commend the government of South Sudan particularly the ministry of Finance and Planning, the National Bureau of Statistics for their leadership and collaboration in preparation of the VNR report for South Sudan,” Gbeho said.

She said the Voluntary National Review 2024 provides government, development partners and stakeholders the opportunity to collectively reflect on progress made and challenges faced on the road to achieving SDGs.

Gbeho noted that it also provides recommendations which if implemented have the potential of transforming the future of the people of South Sudan.

The Voluntary National Review Report will focus on SDG 2 on Zero Hunger, 3 on Good Health and Wellbeing, SDG 4 on Quality Education and SDG 13 on Climate Action, and 16 on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, with a special emphasis on how these goals contribute to poverty reduction (SDG 1).

It also focuses on SDG 5 on Gender and Equality which will be considered as cross-cutting, and depending on data availability, as well as SDG 8 which talks about decent work and economic growth, and SDG 9 on Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.

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