MEDIA practitioners in the country have been urged to be keen when reporting issues on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so that the people are well informed and work towards achieving the goals.
Building on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the goals include new areas such as economic inequality, innovation, climate change, sustainable consumption and peace and justice.
Speaking during a two-day writing skills workshop for the media reporting on SDGs organized by Uongozi Institute, the Chief Executive Officer of the institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja, said the media have a great role in ensuring that they report well on the SDGs.
“As an institute of leadership for sustainable development, we are focusing on the implementation of the said SDGs to meet the 2030 agenda.
In realising the great role the media has in educating the public to understand certain issues pertaining the country, media should be ambassadors to the rest in fully utilizing and making sense of the SDGs in realizing substantial development,” he said.
He said since the launching of SDGs in September last year, with effective implementation in January this year, most Tanzanians have no clear overview of the said goals.
“It is high time that society and other stakeholders understand better what SDGs are and what they mean as far as achieving sustainable development in Tanzania is concerned,” he said.
Since the SDGs are new to Tanzanians, more has to be done to ensure the press and the public knows what is going on in terms of implementing the SDGs.
On his part, the Programme Coordinator – Sustainable Development at Uongozi Institute, Gwamaka Kifukwe, said the implementation of SDGs goes along with the implementation of the second five-year strategic plan expected to be launched soon.
He said the 17 goals will address the interconnected elements of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion, governance and environmental protection.
“Goal one to seven is categorized under social inclusion, goal seven to 12 under economic growth, goal 13-15 under environment and goal 16-17 under governance. This time around, strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development has been accorded more emphasis,” he said.
The global goals include; end poverty in all its forms everywhere, end hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition for all, and promote sustainable agriculture, attain healthy life for all at all ages, provide equitable and inclusive quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all, attain gender equality, empower women and girls everywhere.
Others are; secure water and sanitation for all for a sustainable world, ensure access to affordable, sustainable, and reliable modern energy services for all, promote strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all, pomote sustainable industrialization, Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Build inclusive, safe and sustainable cities and human settlements, promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, promote actions at all levels to address climate change, attain conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas, protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems and halt all biodiversity loss, achieve peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law, effective and capable institutions, strengthen and enhance the means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development .