How the UN is supporting The Sustainable Development Goals in Namibia

The UN and its partners in Namibia are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: 17 interconnected Goals which address the major development challenges faced by people in Namibia and around the world. The UN, ‘Delivering as One’ in Namibia, uses its expertise to champion and support interventions aimed at addressing economic and social inequalities, thus contributing to prosperity, dignity, peace and the full realisation of human rights.

The classification of Namibia as an Upper Middle Income country by the World Bank in 2009, has reduced access to development assistance to the country. The United Nations (UN) in Namibia acknowledges the major development gains made by the country since independence. Namibia has financial resources and world-class talent (although this is thinly spread) to make a difference in terms of development. This notwithstanding, the country still faces many institutional capacity, systemic and other development challenges which require effective partnerships to resolve.Global and national development priorities, coupled with the lessons learned from previous United Nations Development Assistant Frameworks (UNDAF’s), has led to a new strategic approach for UN cooperation called the United Nations Partnership Framework 2014-2018 (UNPAF).