20 August 2014
At the event
Mr. Musinga Bandora, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Namibia delivered a public lecture at the University of Namibia on the topic: “From the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals of the New Post 2015 Development Agenda: Process and Prospects for Africa and Namibia-Making the New Agenda Work”
The lecture was well attended by academia, civil society, students, ambassadors and representatives from the development community. “For those who may not know, Namibia played a crucial role in the coming into being of the MDGs. H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, co-presided over the Millennium Summit which met in September 2000 to discuss the role of the United Nations at the turn of the 21st century. Equally, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Theo Ben Gurirab, was President of the UN General Assembly in 2000 when it adopted the Millennium Declaration which inspired and gave birth to the MDGs. We are all indebted to Namibia in this regard,” he said.
With the global campaign in full swing from 16-22 August 2014, highlighting the 500 day mark away from the MDG deadline, the onus will shift on the new Post 2015 Agenda and how it should be evolved.
Mr Bandora reflected on the results and achievements of Namibia in particular, highlighting the areas where the country has met the targets as well as the areas where work is required. He highlighted the development required in Africa and went into great detail on the approaches and core elements.
The lecture was followed by intellectual questions and sparked interesting debate around the MDGs.