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Zambia Prioritizes Evidence-Based Social Development in Alignment with 2030 Agenda

In a recent address at the 62nd Session of the Commission for Social Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Ms. Angela Kawandami, Permanent Secretary of Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, emphasized Zambia’s commitment to achieving evidence-based social development in accordance with the 2030 Agenda.

Ms. Kawandami underscored the significance of reprioritizing social development policies aimed at delivering quality services based on evidence for all citizens.

She highlighted Zambia’s dedication to integrating population variables into development planning and accelerating progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

According to Ms. Kawandami, Zambia has established a National Development Plan to outline strategic direction, development priorities, and implementation strategies.

This plan emphasizes investment in human capital development to foster innovation, social well-being, equality, and productivity.

Moreover, Zambia is dedicated to enhancing resource allocation to the social sector to bolster people’s resilience against shocks and risks, facilitate employment opportunities, and improve access to quality education and healthcare.

Ms. Kawandami also stressed Zambia’s commitment to enhancing accountability, transparency, and capabilities within the social sector to elevate service delivery standards. In line with this objective, the digitization of service delivery in the social sector has been prioritized.

Looking ahead, Ms. Kawandami affirmed Zambia’s unwavering commitment to investing in social development and social justice despite prevailing and emerging social and economic challenges.

The ongoing 62nd session of the Commission for Social Development, themed “Fostering social development and social justice through social policies to accelerate progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to achieve the overarching goal of poverty eradication,” provides a platform for global dialogue and collaboration on critical social development issues.

The statement was issued by Namatama Njekwa, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations.

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