Kasama, October 16, 2019, ZANIS---Government says it has domesticated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are being implemented through the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).

Northern Province Permanent Secretary Charles Sipanje says the ambitious goals represent concrete course of action for the well-being of people in the area of health, education, gender equality and economic opportunities.

He explained that the successful implementation of the SDGs will reinforce the realization of the Vision 2030 and the aspirations outlines in the African Union's Agenda 2063.

Mr Sipanje said government is very committed to pursuing the Vision 2030, and Agenda 2063 through the implementation of SDGs.

He adds that both the SDGs and the Agenda 2063 calls for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that everyone enjoys peace and prosperity.

Mr Sipanje said this in a speech read on his behalf by Northern Province Assistant Secretary Sineva Kambenja during the capacity strengthening workshop for sub national level to implement, monitor, and report performance of the 7NDP and the SDGs.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary has also disclosed that Zambia is among the countries scheduled to report on the status of SDGs implementation at the 2020 High level political forum in New York.

Mr. Sipanje said this  require the country to undertake a Voluntary National Review and take stock of all SDGs processes including the achievements made and challenges faced in implementing and localizing them.

And United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Economist Alphard Lungu expressed happiness with the manner in which the program is being done at all levels.

Mr Lungu explained that incorporating shareholders at provincial and district level is key in attaining the SDGs without leaving anyone behind.

He has reaffirmed his institution's commitment to promoting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The workshop has attracted planners and administrators from all the 12 districts in Northern province.