The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) is delighted to present its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the 2017 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. This report describes the nationalization process of the Sustainable Development Goals, targets and indicators, considering the specific circumstances and context of Afghanistan. Furthermore, the report highlights the progress made on the goals that will be reviewed during the 2017 HLPF (i.e., SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 17) and their respective nationalized targets and indicators have been assessed and detailed. Main areas of improvement have been highlighted.
Emerging from decades of conflict, Afghanistan adopted the MDGs development strategy in 2004, almost five years after the Millennium Declaration was issued by the UN Summit in the year 2000. In doing so, the government joined forces with the league of countries committed to pursuing policies to ensure every individual’s rights to dignity, freedom, equality, a basic standard of living, and freedom from hunger and violence.
Despite strong countervailing circumstances, Afghanistan has made progress in its social, economic and political transition. The Government continues with its reform agenda and to build capacity and modern institutions. This assertion is validated by the progress monitored thanks to the indicators established by the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF). The transition to the SDGs will benchmark the continuation of these positive and formative trends.
Continues progress will require that GoIRA marshal all governmental, cultural and societal assets and capabilities not only to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2020 but also the SDGs by 2030. To overcome the structurally persistent problems of poverty, inequality and insecurity whether based on “race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national and social origin, property, birth, disability or other status- Afghanistan is launching a whole-of-government policy and whole-of-state strategy to create a favourable environment for the sustainable realization of our Constitution, enabling the State to deliver on the rights and obligations befitting the equal citizens of a democratic polity.
GoIRA looks forward to strengthening and formalizing its partnerships with states, international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector to fulfill our 2030 commitments. Afghanistan’s youth, who constitute the absolute majority of the population, as well as women and the poor, demand and deserve the life chances denied them for three decades.
Finally, GoIRA would like to thank all the leading agencies, supporting institutions, development partners, UN agencies and other stakeholders who collaborated in the nationalization process of the SDGs and provided valuable feedback on SDGs documentation.