How the UN is supporting The Sustainable Development Goals in Ethiopia

Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, Ethiopia has proactively mainstreamed, aligned the SDGs with the Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) which spans from 2015/16 to 2019/20 and implementing.

Ethiopia has also volunteered and participated in the 2017 Voluntary National Review (VNR) on SDGs in which undertook the review of how the SDGs are mainstreamed into national and sub-national development plans and being implemented. The draft report has been presented and discussed in the various workshops both at regional states and federal levels with key stakeholders including government institutions, parliamentarians, political parties, private sector representatives, CSOs and development partners.

The review report was then presented to the High-Level Political Forum in New York in July 2017 together with reports of the 43 voluntary countries. Furthermore, the Government of Ethiopia is currently formulating a 10-year perspective development plan for the period 2019/20 to 2029/30 which is fully aligned to the 2030 agenda and SDGs.

A national taskforce was also instituted to guide and facilitate the effective and smooth implementation of SDGs in Ethiopia. The SDGs taskforce has both a steering committee at policy level and technical committee at technical level.

The Steering Committee (SC) provides strategic guidance and policy support and oversees the overall progress of the SDGs. The SC is co-chaired by the Commissioner of Planning and Development Commission (PDC) and the UN Resident Coordinator. The SC is composed of relevant sector ministers and state ministers from Government, heads of UN agencies, private sector and CSOs representatives at appropriate levels.

The Technical Committee (TC) focuses on providing coordinated, strategic and coherent inter-agency support to the GoE in translating the SDGs into national realities and contributing to their achievement. Building on the ongoing work between the Planning and Development Commission (PDC) and the UN Country Team, the TC supports planning, implementation, monitoring and financing the SDGs.