Botswana: Leaders Talk Sustainability

Gaborone — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi on Monday joined global leaders as well as government, international organisations, business and civil society experts in a virtual world sustainable development summit.

Accompanied by Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Dr Lemogang Kwape, Minister of Investment and Trade Ms Peggy Serame and Minister of Tertiary Education, Dr Douglas Letsholathebe, President Masisi connected with other global leaders technologically from State House in Gaborone.

Held on the sidelines of the 75th United Nations General Assembly, the summit's objective was to accelerate progress towards achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global commitment to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030, as well as the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

In an interview, Dr Kwape said Botswana would benefit from participating in the summit through exchanging ideas with other countries with a view to building sustainable development and mitigating the effects of climate change.

"The President participated, the King of Jordan gave an overview, and we listened to presentations from contributors in places such as Colombia and Kenya on issues such as renewable energy, planting of trees and how technology could be leveraged in support of sustainable development," Dr Kwape said.

He said the different global actors also shared their experiences in dealing with COVID-19 and how to mitigate its socio-economic effects.

"We need to build an enabling environment for us to protect our flora and fauna and ensure that we build resilient patterns of development. We are an interdependent world, it is important to draw lessons from others and we did so through the wide range of issues discussed, including labour relations and the importance of protecting workers from being exploited," Dr Kwape said.

Thematic areas covered by the summit include building resilient economies; enhancing regional cooperation for sustainable development; accelerating responsible business, transformation and growth; accelerating smart solutions for sustainable development; and mobilising innovation and entrepreneurship to protect people and the planet.

Source : BOPA

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