The ‘Leave No One Behind’ principle enshrined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, has the potential to spur unprecedented change for the world’s poorest and most excluded people. It implies that progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be judged according to how well groups that are furthest behind are advancing.
Zambia is making progress in advancing the implementation of the principle of “leaving no one behind”. This may be seen among the key policy decisions being made to increase the participation and improve the well-being of its citizenry at all levels. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic that exposed and further exacerbated the vulnerability of marginalised groups and the Government responded to safeguard these targeted citizens.
Underpinning Zambia’s response is a clear recognition that social protection is a key tool for achieving ‘leave no one behind’ as is ensuring that citizens at all levels have a voice in development and a fair chance at actualising their potential. Additionally, Zambia has implemented interventions that have built the resilience of the vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change hence attaining the ‘leave no one behind’ principle.
The Side Event
Zambia would like to use the opportunity presented by the 2023 High Level Political forum to show case its interventions aimed at leaving no one behind in the journey towards attainment of the SDGs.
The event will allow for sharing of good practices from Zambia as well as engagement and sharing lessons on how to further strengthen the pursuit of the principle of leaving no one behind. Among the key interventions to be showcased will include: Broadening access to education for vulnerable groups including girls; Livelihood support for women; Strengthening social protection systems amid the COVID-19 pandemic; Ensuring that everyone is counted so that no one is left behind; Empowering citizens at the sub-national levels to make decision on development interventions; and Enhanced implementation of climate change actions that build the resilience of the vulnerable.
The event will also showcase SDG17 on Partnership by highlighting how the Zambian Government is implementing some of these interventions with support from partners.
The objectives of the side event are as to: Showcase Zambia’s policy interventions targeted and leaving no one behind; Raise awareness about the importance of inclusive and sustainable social protection as a means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Facilitate knowledge-sharing and exchange of best practices among policymakers, experts, civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders; and Promote partnerships and collaboration among stakeholders on the design and implementation of comprehensive social protection systems.
The following outcomes are expected from the event: Increased understanding of the importance of inclusive social protection for sustainable development; Increased appreciation of the link between climate change and vulnerability and how climate change actions contribute to leaving no one behind; Identification of innovative approaches and good practices in designing and delivering social protection programs; Strengthened partnerships and collaboration among stakeholders; Development of actionable recommendations for policymakers and practitioners; and Dissemination of knowledge and lessons learned through post-event reports and publications.
The Republic of Zambia/ Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations
The event will bring together a diverse range of stakeholders, including government officials, civil society organizations and development partners.
Moderator: H.E. Dr. Chola Milambo, Ambassador/ Permanent Representative To The United Nations (UN).
Keynote Speaker: Ms. Lois Mulube, Acting Permanent Secretary – Planning and Administration, Minister of Finance and National Planning
|1:15 – 1:25 (10 minutes)||Welcome remarks and intro of the Key Note Speaker: Mrs Mwila M. Daka, Acting Director – Development Planning, Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Zambia (2mins)
Remarks by a representative of the United Nations Volunteers: Ms. Narendra Mishra, Policy Specialist – Volunteer Advisory Services Section, UNV (2mins)
Keynote Address: Ms Lois Mulube, Acting Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Zambia (4 mins)
|1:25 – 1:50 (25 minutes)||Moderator: H.E. Dr. Chola Milambo, Ambassador/ Permanent Representative to The United Nations.
Panel Discussion: Moderator will invite the discussants who will each speak for 5 minutes. Speakers are invited to speak on the sub-topics in short and focused interventions. Power point presentations are discouraged.
o Education as an Equalizer: What Zambia is doing to leave no one behind. A showcase of the free education policy and support initiatives targeted at vulnerable populations in Zambia – Mr William Nyundu, Director Planning and Information, Ministry of Education.
o Design and implementation of policies that are inclusive and responsive to the needs of vulnerable groups, including women, children, persons with disabilities, and rural communities – TBC (Discussant from the Work Bank)
o Counting everyone for inclusive growth – TBC (Discussant from the UNFPA)
o Delivering the Goals through shared endeavour. Highlight on some key lessons learned and best practices related to direct implementation of social inclusion programmes – Mr. Hermis Maunda, Child Rights Governance Technical Specialist, Save the Children Zambia.
|1: 50 – 2:20 (30 minutes)||Interactive discussion:
Format: The Moderator will open the floor for a 10-minute interactive discussion. The moderator will invite the speakers who will likewise have 2 minutes each, followed by another 10-minute discussion.
|2:20 – 2:25 (5 minutes)||Wrap up and closing
o Ms. Prudence Kaoma, Director -Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Finance and National Planning