The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said Government has taken ownership and also established national frameworks for the implementation and achievement of the goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He said vision 2040 provides for the long-term planning framework for the integration and implementation of the SDGs, within the ten year and five year medium-term plans.
The Prime Minister made the remarks at the UN Day event to commemorate the 71st UN and 1st SDGs anniversary at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
Dr Rugunda said Uganda had already achieved a number of milestones that demonstrate progress in the implementation of the SDGs, since the 2030 agenda was adopted.
He emphasised that government will continue to provide annual and semi – annual assessment reviews, including progress on implementation of the SDGs during cabinet performance reviews considering the relevance of the 2030 agenda to Uganda’s development.
“Government intends to enhance means of implementing the 2030 agenda through a number of mechanisms including strengthening institutions, increasing domestic revenue and investment in public infrastructure and technological capabilities for innovation as well as reforming public procurement ,” Rugunda said.
The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Rosa Malango commended Uganda for being one of the countries that has integrated the SDGs targets into its national development process even ahead of the adoption of agenda 2030.
She said Uganda has integrated over 76% of the SDGs into 2nd National Development Plan (NDPII)
“SDGs are viable if there is a clear partnership between Governments and citizens,” Malango said.
She also praised Uganda for its generous open door policy towards refugees, a role that has earned the country international recognition.
PM Rugunda cuts cake with UN Cordinator Rosa Malango and Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kuteesa during the UN Day Event at Imperial Royale on Monday (Photo by PMPU)
ed upon government to enhance the talent of the youth through promoting quality education for all, so that the youth can acquire skills and knowledge to enable them contribute to the economic development of the country.
She urged government to fight inequality and tackle climate change while ensuring that no one is left behind.
Malango pledged UN’s support to the government of Uganda through accelerating the implementation of the SDGs to enable Uganda achieve a middle income status by 2020.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kuteesa, said the implementation of the SDGs was on course, applauding Government and Partners for the zeal portrayed in implementing them.
Hon Kuteesa however noted that there are still a number of threats that may hinder the progress of the SDGs, such as climate change which must be addressed.
Kuteesa said that there are 5 key measures which are critical for successful integration and implementation of SDGs in any nation.
He said these key measures include; multi-stakeholder engagement, mobilisation of resources for the implementation of the SDGs, changing the mind-set of the people so that the SDGs are viewed
with a holistic agenda in the national plan as well as strengthening the capacity of both local and international partnerships.
PM Rungunda hands over a certificate to representatives of SOS Children’s Villages Uganda during the UN Day Event at Imperial Royale hotel on Monday. Extreme left is Ms Malango, the UN Cordinator (Photo by PMPU)
UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development in September 2015, where the 17 Sustainable Development Goals universally apply to all countries. The 2030 agenda requires all countries to set targets for delivering on social, economic and environmental tenets for sustainable development over the next fifteen years.
By Doreen Nasasira
Thursday, 27th October 2016