United NationsDepartamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales Desarrollo Sostenible

Southern Africa Region

STATEMENT DELIVERED BY THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE ON BEHALF OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES DURING THE 11TH SESSION OF THE OWG ON SDG : NEW YORK : TH MAY 2014


I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Southern Africa Region namely; Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and my own Country Zimbabwe.
I wish to align this statement with the statements made by the Ambassadors of Bolivia and Lesotho on behalf of G77 and China and the Africa Group respectively.
Co-Chairs

The Southern Africa Group have the following comments and proposal on Focus areas 9 and 10.


On FOCUS AREA 9, INDUSTRIALIZATION AND PROMOTION OF EQUALITY AMONG NATIONS
Co-Chair, in line with the LIMA declaration we propose that the goal be worded as follows, in line with UNIDO proposals:
“Accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development”.
In line with the above, the following targets are proposed.
Target 1: Increase manufacturing value added (MVA) per capita
Target 2: Increase the share of MVA in Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Target 3: Increase the number of decent manufacturing jobs
Target 4: Reduce gender gap in employment and wages
Target 5: Reduce by X% emissions from industrial production
Target 6: Reduce by Y% harmful chemical used and waste generated
Target 7: Reduce national energy intensity per unit of manufacturing output.

In terms of FOCUS AREA 10, SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND HUMAN
SETTLEMENTS, we propose as follows:

Target (a) is too loaded, we propose it to be unpacked as follows;
- By 2030 ensure access by all to decent and affordable housing”.
- Terms like “universal “ and “adequate” might have varied interpretation and therefore should be removed.
- We propose to add a new target:
“Eradicate homelessness”. This may be a better target than “eliminate slum like conditions everywhere”.
Target (b) could be decomposed into two as follows :
i) "by 2030, provide access to safe, affordable transport for all" and
ii) “Reduce by x% road traffic accidents
Target (c) good but not measurable.
Targets(d) and(e) supported.
Target (f) is an omnibus, a measurable target out of this could be:
- “increase access to inclusive and safe public spaces by x% of urban dwellers."
Target (g) is supported
The relationship of target (h) “safeguarding the world’s cultural and national heritage” and the goal is not clear. Target should be dropped.

I thank you