TitleVoluntary National Review : Sustainable Development Goals progress report at the High Level Political Forum / South Africa
South Africa's Voluntary National Review (VNR) report 2019 : empowering people and ensuring inclusivenesss and equality
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South Africa’s first Voluntary National Review (VNR) is testimony to the national commitment to the full and integrated implementation of Agenda 2030 and includes multi-stakeholder contributions. The review will assist in understanding the impact of policies and programmes towards realising sustainable development and the considerable developmental challenges that remain. The shortcomings highlighted - particularly the need to improve multi-stakeholder engagement - will be addressed. A national coordinating mechanism has been established for national engagements and reporting on the 2030 Agenda, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Southern African Development Community’s Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan, in alignment with the National Development Plan (NDP). Achieving the SDGs is in South Africa’s interest. TheNDP is closely aligned to the 2030 Agenda. The NDP prioritises the elimination of poverty, reduction of inequality and growing an inclusive economy by 2030. NDP goals are aligned to SDGs and to AU Agenda 2063, and are integrated into Government planning systems and processes at national, provincial and local level. Significant progress on our developmental journey since the advent of democracy in 1994: The country is therefore well placed towards meeting the SDGs. The NDP has contributed to improved living conditions for millions of South Africans in a context where, for historical reasons, South Africa is amongst the most unequal of societies. Progress in critical areas such as the provision of clean water, electricity, sanitation, education and health: Access to free education for children from poor households has been expanded - over 9 million children attend no-fee schools. Individuals benefiting from the social protection system increased: from 3 million in 1994 to 17,5 million in 2018. South Africa has the biggest anti-retroviral treatment programme in the world - over 4.5 million people. Inclusive growth is being accelerated by increasing levels of investment and measures to create more jobs. Opening Statement -- Summary : PART 1 : Context and challenges to development -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Reviewing the 2030 Agenda together (Methodology and preparation of the review) -- 3. Policy and enabling environment (localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) -- PART 2 : Progress on the Goals -- 4. Country progress -- PART 3 : The way forward and conclusion -- 5. The way forward -- 5.1. Implementation --- 5.2. The Policy framework -- 6. Conclusion -- References.