From left: UN resident coordinator Bishow Parajuli, Senate president Cde Edna Madzongwe and Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda

The United Nations says it is committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by engaging legislators in the country on various initiatives.

The UN came up with 17 SDGs as a way of setting timelines for the attainment of the initiative by member states in improving the livelihoods of their citizens after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

With this in mind, the UN and Parliament of Zimbabwe are collaborating in the capacity building of legislators on the SDGs.

Senate president Cde Edna Madzongwe said the workshop is meant to familiarise members of parliament with the intricacies of the UN systems in general and SDGs in relation to constituency work.

The workshop is meant to provide basic knowledge on the SDGs as espoused in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

The 2030 agenda came into force on the 1st of January 2016 and entails 17 SDGs and 169 targets which are to be achieved by 2030.

SDGs are based on the preceding MDGs with a crucial difference in the implementation matrix.