Monday, July 15, 2024

Challenges of Sustainable Development Goals

The growth of Botswana’s economy is predicted to face strong headwinds in 2023. It will be just as crucial to prevent setbacks as it will be to make new progress. Botswana will still have little to no fiscal room to handle its overlapping crises. Debt and increasing living costs are immediate threats, but spending on the SDGs will continue to be a priority in the long run. Batswana could suffer severe repercussions if any one of these areas is neglected.

For Botswana, the situation is dire because there is a chance that the progress will stall further in the absence of concrete SDG funding, or at the very least, a plan for an acceleration. 

The heads of state and government will meet in September 2023 at the UN headquarters in New York to assess how the 17 SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have been implemented. However, data shows that Botswana is lagging on most targets. Out of the 17 SDGs, evidence shows that Botswana is facing major challenges in 8 goals being SDG1 no poverty, SDG2 zero hunger, SDG3 good health and well-being, SDG7 affordable and clean energy, SDG9 industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG10 reduced inequalities, SDG 12 responsible consumption and production and SDG16 peace, justice and strong institutions.

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