As the High-Level Political Forum took place last month under the auspices of the UnitedNations ECOSOC, to which The Wellbeing Foundation Africa holds Special Consultative Status, the theme of accelerating recovery and full implementation of the 2030 Agenda continues to resonate as we look ahead to United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2023.
With only seven years remaining to effect transformative change, the recently released Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition provides a powerful call to action, presenting a candid assessment based on the latest data. Collaboration and accountability are critical among Member States, political leaders, public institutions, and stakeholders as we navigate innovative regulatory measures that align private sector governance models with the SDGs to serve as catalysts for substantial action during the pivotal moments of the upcoming 2023 SDG Summit scheduled for this September.
Overview Video – The Sustainable Development Report 2023: Special Edition
While the report highlights existing gaps and urges the world to redouble its efforts, I am pleased that it also emphasises the potential for success through the utilisation of technologies, resources, and knowledge. According to the report, global child mortality rates show a significant decline, as between 2015 and 2021, the global under-5 mortality rate fell by 12%, and the global neonatal mortality rate fell by about 10%. While child mortality has declined in all regions, sub-Saharan Africa continues to face the highest rates, with 1 child in 14 dying before reaching age 5. To achieve the target by 2030, progress needs to accelerate in 54 countries, nearly 75% of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa is channelling efforts to leave a lasting health and wellbeing legacy which achieves SDG 3 through on-the-ground interventions and programming focused on reducing maternal and child mortality, ensuring access to essential healthcare services, promoting safe birthing practices, and providing capacity-building programs for midwives, nurses, and healthcare workers while advocating for leading Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) policies.
Together, the global community can reignite progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and create a brighter future for all.