Six Zimbabwean cycled 54 kilometres to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tinotenda Chimanikire, aged 11 years was the youngest cyclist accompanied by Tapiwa Kubvo-runo, Munyaradzi Muzenda, Anyway Shoriwa, William Mapati and the Mayor of Marondera Mr Antony Makwindi. Each cyclist wore an SDG-branded t-shirt sponsored by the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG). This drew the attention of motorists and the general public. UNIC drove along with the cyclists and provided them with wa-ter.
“I cycled in support of SDG 1 which is ‘No Poverty. I am against poverty,” said Tapiwa Kubvoruno.
On arrival at UNIC, they participated in a press conference addressed by UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, the Principal Director in the Ministry of Macro-Economic Plan-ning and Investment In his statement, Mr Parajuli commended the cyclist for their determination and resolve. “I am so delighted by the commitment of these young individuals towards the SDGs. This is the championship we need, the mentality that says I don’t like poverty,” he said. Mr Parajuli reiterated United Nations’ commitment to implement the SDGs and said no one should be left behind.
Speaking at the same occasion, Mr Ma-honde said their cycling is a testimony of what the government and the UNDP are saying around SDGs, that SDG implementation requires the involvement of every-one, men women and children. He commended Afrika Speaks for taking up the SDGs, considering that it is a community-based youth organisation situated in Marondera, about 100 kilo-metres east of the capital Harare.
Mr Mahonde explained that although Zimbabwe’s country position is to implement all the 17 SDGs, the country is focusing on goals 8,7,2,9,6,13, 17,3,4 and 5. Fulfilment of the 10 SDGs mentioned above will result in the realisation of all the 17 SDGs, he said.
This event is the brainchild of Afrika Speaks, a project that markets and promotes Africa and its people. Afrika Speaks intends to cycle in other countries in Africa, raising awareness about the SDGs. These countries are Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Swazi-land, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
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(Abstracted from UNIC HARARE News August 2016)