Homeland Plan is in line with the UN SDG
Menendez said that Commander Hugo Chávez developed the Homeland Plan focusing on five major goals, in a sort of program agenda to undertake structural aspects to transform the society. These five major goals are sovereignty, the transformation of the economic model, the satisfaction of social needs through inclusive governance models, geopolitics for peace, and ecosocialism as a way to save the planet.
“This is the reason why we have integrated the Homeland Plan to the 2030 Agenda, as a roadmap that combines criteria for full sovereignty with the sustainable development goals, in a way not only to welcome the initiative but to undertake it as our special plan of work”.
In this regard, he explained that the first stage of development of the plan saw the participation of the people’s power at a major national debate promoted by President Nicolas Maduro. As a result of these consultations, 95% of coincidence was reached between the historical goals of the Homeland Plan 2013-2019 and the sustainable development goals, as well as 78% of coincidence with the strategic goals of said plan. Moreover, he mentioned that this plan has 649 general goals, without taking into account those specific or the generation of programs and policies.
Furthermore, Menendez aimed at the creation of sectoral vice-presidencies, which have specific responsibilities related to each sustainable development goal since these are related to economic, cultural, territorial, political, and social dimensions of the society.
“This plan constitutes today the first full step of the SDG, along with the deepening of the system of missions and major missions of our country, which allowed, among other things, to make a qualitative leap in Venezuela’s indicators and meet the Millennium Development Goals.”
Ministers and diplomats from all the continents participated in this meeting, in which they analyzed the first year of implementation of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Positive indicators of the Revolution
The Venezuelan head of planning underscored the importance of the social missions for the people of Venezuela, which is reflected in the different indicators, such as that of structural poverty, whose value is of 4.78% in spite of the cruel economic war being faced by the country.
Poverty, healthcare, and education are major issues to be addressed by the Bolivarian Government and constitute part of the State’s policies. In this regard, Menendez said that “80% of the population has free access to education and 75% to healthcare.”
At the same time, he pointed out that the Great Venezuelan Housing Mission has made structural changes in the society and explained that the Government aims to achieve the goal of 40% of the total existing houses, to be finished by the end of 2019.
In the same way, he explained that the social investment in the 80s and 90s was 39%, but this Revolution increased the number “from the total income of the country, 71.4% are destined to social investment”.
With regards to university education, he underscored that student population went from 2.6% to 11%, the elementary population from 33% to 74% and high school education went from12% to 43%; “this means that the most impoverished population today is different to the previous one.
In spite of the economic war, Menendez affirmed that since 1990, the child malnutrition rates decreased from 5% to 3.37%. “Even with the recent attacks of the last three years, 94% of our country’s population eats three or more times a day”.
According to Menendez, the Bolivarian Government has invested 11 more times in health and 29 more times in security than any other previous right government.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"