The realization of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for deliberate action and a fulfillment of the pledge of “leaving no one behind” by all stakeholders. This is in view of the fact that the agenda recognizes sector-based specializations across the three of dimensions of development being, social, economic and environmental.
The Government of Botswana, through Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED), is leading SDG implementation and acceleration efforts by bringing together all state and non-state actors at all levels. As part of the domestication process, efforts have been employed to align the SDGs with national development frameworks, namely Vision 2036, National Development Plan (NDP 11) as well as District and Urban Development Plans. Other notable initiatives include development of the Domesticated Indicated Framework (DIF), formation of the necessary institutional structure as well as development of the National Roadmap on SDGs, a strategic document that guides implementation efforts at both national and sub-national levels. The Roadmap identifies six broad/strategic areas to accelerate implementation of the SDGs, being;
· National Ownership, Leadership and Coordination
· Advocacy, Sensitization and Awareness
· Planning and Implementation
· Data, Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation
· Strengthening the SDGs Institutional Arrangements
· Policy Research and Interventions
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED), being the SDG Secretariat, ensures that strategic interventions that contribute towards Botswana’s SDG realization and linked to the above mentioned broad areas are in place. One such is the development of the SDG Planning Guidelines to support Planning Officers in line Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and other stakeholders to integrate SDGs into planning instruments and thus ensuring their systematic implementation. The initiative, executed in collaboration with United Nations (UN) Botswana, specifically United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is in line with the Roadmap’s broad/strategic area of Planning and Implementation, which calls for the alignment of the national and local levels development plans with the SDGs and their targets and indicators, among others. Other partners include National Strategy Office (NSO) and Statistics Botswana (SB).