Botswana: President Masisi joins leaders talk on sustainable development

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

President Masisi connected with other global leaders technologically from State House in Gaborone, complemented 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.

The summit was held on the sidelines of the 75th United Nations General Assembly, with the objective to accelerate progress towards achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global obligation to exterminate poverty and achieve sustainable development goals by 2030, alongside the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

According to Dr Kwape, Botswana is expected to benefit from participating in the summit through an exchange of 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.

The global actors also took time to share 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.

Significant areas covered by the summit includes building resilient economies; enhancing regional cooperation for sustainable development; accelerating responsible business, transformation and growth, among others.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa

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