THE REPRESENTATIVE of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has called on the Duterte administration to adopt the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying it would help make a difference in poverty reduction and socioeconomic development.
UNDP country manager Titon Mitra told reporters the Philippines would be able to achieve results under the UN SDGs, the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, as the new administration is investing in various sectors.
“We can see targeting in core municipalities, so we should obviously see some tangible results as results of those investments,” Mitra said.
Last year, 17 SDGs were adopted by members of the United Nations, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.
Mitra noted that the SDGs cover most of the development challenges that the Philippines faces.
“I don’t see any particular problem with [aligning]the national development agenda to the SDGs. The question is what is prioritized? Where is the right share of investment going to be?” Mitra said.
The 17 SDGs set by the United Nations are: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; and partnerships for the goals.
Mitra gave an optimistic outlook on the achievement of the SDGs in line with the Duterte administration’s forthcoming Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan.
“I’m very confident that what you’ll see in the next national development plan and in fact in the long-term vision of the government, [is a]very strong alignment [with]the SDGs,” Mitra said.