To achieve sustainable development, every country needs to change. The principle of universality means that the 2030 Agenda applies universally to all countries – to developing countries and emerging economies as much as to industrialised countries. Each country is called upon to define its contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, for example within the context of national planning processes and sustainability strategies.

In implementation, the 2030 Agenda builds on cooperation between all countries, a global partnership. Therefore, universality also means doing more to promote mutual exchange and learning as equals. On behalf of the German Federal Government, GIZ advises the countries on implementing national sustainability goals.

One example is the SDG partnership with Namibia. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is supporting the partners in Namibia in integrating the 2030 Agenda into the National Development Plan. A key element of this support is an exchange of experience between Namibia’s National Planning Commission, the German Council for Sustainable Development and the Federal Statistical Office. A Delegation from Namibia has already visited the two institutions. The executives were able to promptly put their experiences into practice. The Namibia Statistics Agency has now recorded the current values pertaining to the 17 sustainability goals and presented its report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda to the United Nations in July 2018.

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